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Ugliest buildings in the world

The built world is supposed to be beautiful. Why else would we bother with facades for buildings if they were just practical blocks for us to live and work in. Sometime though the designer goes crazy and creates an eyesore. On other occasions a building like the Verizon Building in New York City looks good when it’s erected but looks awful four decades later.

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The Aldar headquarters building in Abu Dhabi which was designed by MZ Architects is another one that only a designer could love. What were they thinking when the owners signed off on this coin-shaped design?

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We’re not sure if this is a great design or a mess. The headquarters for the Longaberger Basket firm in Ohio is shaped like a basket. Perhaps they should change the colour.

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We’re not sure if this is a great design or a mess. The headquarters for the Longaberger Basket firm in Ohio is shaped like a basket. Perhaps they should change the colour.

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The Ponte City Apartment block in Johannesburg looks like a council block in Reading. This one’s another eyesore from the 1970s.

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Strata SE1 in Elephant and Castle is the next on our list. Time is not to blame for this one as it’s only stood since 2010.

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The National Library of Belarus which opened in 2006 looks like it should feature on a poorly produced show on Syfy channel.

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The National Library of Belarus which opened in 2006 looks like it should feature on a poorly produced show on Syfy channel.

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The Grand Lisboa Hotel in Macau is probably a bit too grand for our tastes. What were Hong Kong architects Dennis Lau and Ng Chun thinking when they drew this up?

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This one looks like it was designed by an enthusiastic two-year old with Lego bricks. The Elephant Building in Bangkok, Thailand has been ruining the landscape since 1997.

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This one looks like it was designed by an enthusiastic two-year old with Lego bricks. The Elephant Building in Bangkok, Thailand has been ruining the landscape since 1997.

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