The right architectural designs can be a breath-taking sight and a stunning human achievement. But, when architects get it wrong, it’s like a ketchup stain on a white shirt. From ugly hotels to poorly designed bridges, the worst architecture in the world can be devastating to the eye and, on rare occasions, dangerous to the public. Here are the 25 Biggest Architecture Fails You’ll Ever See.
Leaning Tower of Pisa
And oldie but a goodie, the Leaning Tower of Pisa feels like the right way to start off this list. While architects started building it in 1173, it didn’t get completed until the 1300’s. The soft, marshy land is the main reason it leans. Apparently, looking over the foundation before construction wasn’t on their checklist.
Standard Oil Building
Oh, look, it’s a standard, boring skyscraper that looks like all the others. Honestly, the real issue with the Standard Oil Building, now Aon Center, was back in 1974 when the geniuses decided to slap expensive marble along the sides of the building. Sure enough, the marble cracked and a big piece came off, falling on top of the building next to it. Needless to say, they had to do some renovations.
Acting as a catch-all auditorium for Brooklyn, New York, Barclays Center is a rusty, oblong building with a very big hole in the roof of the entryway. With the big blue title displayed prominently on the front, it looks more like a hospital with an identity crisis.
Secret Intelligence Service Building
Located in London, the Secret Intelligence Service Building is home to MI6 and fictional character James Bond. For a building with the word “secret” in it, this one is failing miserably at its job. It’s overpowering presence might as well have a billboard that reads, “Big Brother is watching.”
Žižkov Television Tower
The Žižkov Television Tower looks like a spaceship landed in the middle of a very old city, creating a skyline that’ll make most tourists do a double take. That’s not even the weirdest part about it. Sculptures of naked babies look like they’re crawling up and down it.
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