25 Ugliest Buildings In The World

Posted by on December 12, 2012

Although they surely must have appeared to be a good idea to somebody, to most of the world these buildings should never have happened. Of course, we realize that beauty is in the eye of the beholder so while compiling this list we tried not to lean on our own understanding but only to include structures that the local population has vehemently disapproved of. So, by majority vote these are the 25 ugliest buildings in the world.

Elephant Building, Thailand

Elephant Building, BangkokThis high rise located in Bangkok, Thailand was built to resemble an elephant and as a result has managed to make its way into nearly every ranking of ugly building every assembled.

Kaden Tower, Kentucky

Kaden TowerIn spite of the intricate detail and effort put into decorating this building in downtown Louisville, it hasn’t stopped it from consistently being rate one of the ugliest buildings on Earth.

The Fang Yuan Building, China

The Fang Yuan Building, ChinaThis coin shaped building in Shenyang, China just wasn’t creative enough to stay off of the ugly lists.

The Portland Building, Oregon

The Portland BuildingThe small boring windows, off white masonry, and terracotta pilasters have all been cited as contributing to the ugliness factor.

Delftware Warming Station, The Netherlands

Delftware Warming Station, The NetherlandsNotable for having been identified as the ugliest building in Holland according to a prominent Dutch newspaper.

Selfridges Department Store, England

Selfridges Department Store, EnglandFound in Birmingham’s Bull Ring Shopping Center, the face of Selfridges Deparment Store leaves some people swooning and others cringing.

Petrobras Headquarters, Brazil

Petrobras Headquarters, BrazilUnfortunately the headquarters of this Brazilian energy company continues to find itself ranked among the ugliest buildings in South America.

The Rock, Wellington International Airport, New Zealand

The Rock, Wellington International Airport, New ZealandA relatively new addition to the ugly pages, this extension of the Wellington International Airport in New Zealand was constructed in 2010.

Boston City Hall, Massachusetts

Boston City Hall, MassachusettsAlthough it may have been considered hip and cool for its time, the building is often criticized today for its dreariness and out-of-place architecture.

CCTV Headquarters, Beijing, China

CCTV Headquarters, Beijing, ChinaServing as headquarters to China Central Television, this interestingly shaped building is also known as the “squatting man”.

Roundhouses, Netherlands

Roundhouses, NetherlandsAfter building 50 or so in the 1970′s there wasn’t enough support to continue building these futuristic looking houses in the small European country, for somewhat obvious reasons.

The Sugar Cube, England

The Sugar Cube, EnglandAlthough its strikingly odd design surely flatters some, there is a good number of people voting this building onto the ugly list.

National Library, Buenos Aires

National Library, Buenos AiresQuite literally a center for higher learning given its elevated position, the national library of Argentina is well known for its unappealing exterior.

Landmark Theater, England

Landmark Theater, EnglandSet along the coastline of Ilfracombe in England, these strange looking, out of place towers are actually a rooftop addition to the Landmark Theater.

First World Hotel, Malaysia

 First World HotelThis Malaysian hotel is a perfect example of how a paint job can just ruin everything.
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  • http://none j

    no. 11 is also the 2nd most haunted hotel in the world, google it

  • Sabrina

    I liked most of these buildings and wondered why the Walmart buildings were no where on the list. It doesn’t have to be any particular one. They are all eyesores.

    • http://jcgator1.wordpress.com Juan Castillo

      Hi Sabrina. That’s a great question. On this list, we were going for unique and individual buildings. Unfortunately Wal mart is a chain. However, maybe in the future we can do 25 ugliest Wal mart buildings? ~ JC

  • shyam

    Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder . I found many of the above buildings are stunningly different and beautiful .

  • Carl

    How can Klinikum in Aachen, Germany not be on this list?? Definately one of the ugliest hospitals in the world, for sure.

  • Steve

    This list is very poor. Basically what have been chosen are daring and different buildings. Sure, some end up not ‘working’, but you have to give credit to the designers and architects for trying to be innovative. in my view, this is worth a few points.

    Put it another way, any of these buildings would aesthetically and culturally improve yet another american mall strip mall nowhere. any one of their giant big box stores, with their acres of asphalt and functional,. lowest-common-denominator design are infinitely worse.

    • Vladimir Morozov

      Being daring doesn’t excuse failure. The fact that there are worse buildings doesn’t make these not ugly.

      My only beef with this list is the lack of I.M. Pei’s glass pyramid and everything ever done by Le Corbusier, the worst architect of all time.

  • Roberto

    Cosider adding the following:
    - la piramide in alicante, spain
    - cube houses in holland

  • John Johnson

    Number 6 is pretty bad. Who wants to see a penis building dominate the skyline? I know I don’t.

    • Michael Star

      that’s not a pe . .
      uh nvm

    • paul

      what about cucumber building in London???

  • Ian Roberts

    How could you leave the People’s Palace in Bucharest off this list?

  • Emily Jackson

    I actually think the “sugar cube” has a quite innovative and interesting design.

    • Nadine Sarmiento

      Surely is. But lets Respect other opinion :)

  • Dr. David Secord

    I find it hard to believe that the following didn’t make this list:
    –The Sharp Centre for Design in Toronto
    –The Toronto Royal Museum in Ontario
    –The Geisel Library Building at UC San Diego

    All examples of ‘art weirdos’ being allowed to design buildings and we pay for it.