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2012-06-24 12:51:05 AM
I liked the Seuss library one.
 
2012-06-24 12:53:04 AM
That treehouse library looks neat to me.
 
2012-06-24 12:53:57 AM

thatguyoverthere70: What's the story behind that building? I can't imagine what it looks like from the inside, who designed it, and why they would have ever thought it was a good idea.


If it's ugly, twisty, and looks completely unfunctional for a building, it's probably a Frank Gehry.

What's even better is that building is the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, you can't make this stuff up. Wiki even had the following quote from some guy named James Kunstler.

"If I had a problem with my brain, I would not be reassured arriving at this place. The implicit sadism is impressive"
 
2012-06-24 12:55:44 AM
Wander around SUNY Stonybrook in Long Island.

You'll want to kill yourself in .05 seconds.

Check out the nearby hospital for extra Brutalist win.
 
2012-06-24 12:58:10 AM
The aforementioned hospital at SUNY SB:

farm1.staticflickr.com
 
2012-06-24 01:00:45 AM
And the Brutalist Javits Center @ SUNY SB:

www.ic.sunysb.edu

It's like the whole campus said "Hey, Logan's Run was pretty damn keen."
 
2012-06-24 01:07:21 AM
I wouldn't talk, Britain...

britlitwiki.wikispaces.com
 
2012-06-24 01:07:25 AM

SilentStrider: what_now: This list fails without Boston City Hall.

having seen it a couple times, I didn't think it was that ugly. But then I don't live there, so I don't have to see it that often.


If it were just City Hall and had a well-designed public plaza or park attached, it might actually be interesting and cool. Government Centre however, is a collection of ugly and not well matched brutalist buildings and even the plaza is a dreary, lifeless cement slab with limited natural light. There are overhangs that were originally for plants, but they are empty and dead too. Moreover, the whole complex's exteriors are weathered and poorly maintained. Rust from the rebar inside the concrete leaches out, causing ugly staining and streaking. The cement crumbles from the seasonal temperature changes, baking and freezing, coupled with the effect of decades of salt applied to the plaza and surrounding streets during those winters.
 
2012-06-24 01:09:42 AM

Lionel Mandrake: I wouldn't talk, Britain...
[britlitwiki.wikispaces.com image 270x360]


The Gerkin is a massive improvement over what went up in London in the 1970s.
 
2012-06-24 01:10:11 AM
Seattle's got one on the way

ww2.hdnux.com

The widely reviled "Stadium Place" rising out of the north parking lot of C-Link field, like a brutalist godzilla rising up and about to crush pioneer square
 
2012-06-24 01:11:50 AM
Where's IIT in Chicago on that list? That campus is where "less is more" met "where is mine?".
 
2012-06-24 01:12:29 AM

Fubegra: Hmmm... let's put anything by Frank Gehry on the list. Honestly, WTF is it with him and his scrapyard concoctions?

HopScotchNSoda: For all of our gorgeous and impressive architecture, [Chicago] has some monstrosities (Citicorp Centre, the AT&T building across Madison from Citicorp, the Thompson Centre, the Dunne Building, the Metropolitan Detention Centre, that nasty little building at Dearborn & Wacker, the Randolph side of the Gehry-designed Pritzker Band Shell ...)

Preach on! To me it seems like "modern" architects are in a competition to out-ugly one another.


Frank Geary is a blight on urban landscapes. 100 years from now they'll still be scratching their heads at the abortions he scraped out and left on the streets of nearly every major city.
 
2012-06-24 01:13:19 AM

Znuh: The aforementioned hospital at SUNY SB:


That "hospital" wouldn't look out of place as a NASA launchpad.
 
2012-06-24 01:13:55 AM

HopScotchNSoda: Lionel Mandrake: I wouldn't talk, Britain...
[britlitwiki.wikispaces.com image 270x360]

The Gerkin is a massive improvement over what went up in London in the 1970s.


Is this an improvement?

wwwdelivery.superstock.com

Thank God I was in London after the 70s and before the Gherkin and the Mil. Dome!!
 
2012-06-24 01:18:30 AM

Znuh: The aforementioned hospital at SUNY SB:
[farm1.staticflickr.com image 640x480]


Oh, for the love of G-d!

What the ... I don't even.


Speaking of university brutalism, let's not forget the ORU campus, including the now-privately owned CityPlex Towers which were originally the university's hospital and medical research buildings (1981-89).
 
2012-06-24 01:19:57 AM
The British puke that wrote this can kiss my native-San Diegan ass.
i486.photobucket.com
This is nothin' but cool.


Now....
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I saw this in Fresno. It's their Ferengi City Hall. Yay or nay?
 
2012-06-24 01:25:03 AM
List was good for awhile, then kinda went off the rails. Thomas Kinkade's house "wasn't well recieved" = ugliest building? And, old neighborhoods? And WTF Barbie playhouse?
 
2012-06-24 01:30:10 AM
i.dailymail.co.uk

Little boxes on the hillside, little boxes made of ticky-tacky
Little boxes on the hillside, little boxes all the same
 
2012-06-24 01:30:46 AM

Lionel Mandrake: Is this an improvement?
[wwwdelivery.superstock.com image 350x263]
Thank God I was in London after the 70s and before the Gherkin and the Mil. Dome!!


Not a masterpiece, but is it an improvement over the Greenwich Gasworks that occupied that site before it? Yes, a hundred times yes.
www.sir-robert-mcalpine.com
 
2012-06-24 01:33:06 AM

1000 Ways to Dye: 1000 Ways to Dye: Your_Huckleberry: The formally Dollar Money Tree Store Pyramid looks kinda cool when lit right, especially next to the bridge.

FTFY.



Ahem... FTFM.


Yeah, the Wife corrected me on that as well. Could have sworn it was Dollar Tree.
I remember all the purple lights and banners when the Kings were actually good.
 
2012-06-24 01:33:38 AM
The Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton
 
2012-06-24 01:35:54 AM

dallylamma: The Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton


Let me try that again...

godscopybook.blogs.com
 
2012-06-24 01:37:11 AM
i.dailymail.co.ukfaceplantreview.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-06-24 01:40:39 AM
Geisel Library is a beautiful building. Brutal, but still beautiful.

And a brilliant fortress concept.

BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.................................

i29.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-24 01:46:29 AM

goatleggedfellow: Geisel Library is a beautiful building. Brutal, but still beautiful.

And a brilliant fortress concept.

BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.................................

[i29.photobucket.com image 600x206]


Holy crap....... It is!
 
2012-06-24 01:51:20 AM

wildcardjack: AT&T's central office should get a pass. It's supposed to be hardened so telecommunications still work if shiat hits the fan. Of course, that standard was from the 1950's, I doubt it's EMP hardened.

/Lots of cities still have hardened central offices
//It's where all the wires have been routed to and there's inertia.


I know the guy that took that picture, it's become pretty much stock photo whenever someone needs a shot of either AT&T or a central office.
 
2012-06-24 01:54:06 AM
And then there's this building:

farm1.staticflickr.com

The "Enchilada Red" main library in downtown San Antonio.
 
2012-06-24 02:13:00 AM

Znuh: Wander around SUNY Stonybrook in Long Island.

You'll want to kill yourself in .05 seconds.

Check out the nearby hospital for extra Brutalist win.


I survived two years there. You walk next to those buildings thinking, "this must be what it's like living in a communist bloc country in the 70's."
 
2012-06-24 02:20:46 AM
A whole lot of that list sounds mostly like architecture snobs whining that something is seen as "ZOMG UGLY!!!" to them and them alone... EMP wasn't exactly built to be anything more than pulling what a piece of music makes you feel out of your brain and into the real world.

And complaining about a government building? Seriously? It might be drab, but I can just imagine the uproar that'd emerge if people found out that 'Government Employee X' decided to approve a multi-billion dollar building project that featured the latest groundbreaking architecture from Frank Lloyd Wright's grandson or something.
 
2012-06-24 02:22:48 AM
I've always hated the CMU school of music building.
a2.ec-images.myspacecdn.com
mediabank.cmich.edu
 
2012-06-24 02:30:05 AM

goatleggedfellow: Geisel Library is a beautiful building. Brutal, but still beautiful.

And a brilliant fortress concept.

BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.................................

[i29.photobucket.com image 600x206]


First thing I thought when I saw that one was Zombie-proof Fortress. Damn popular media implanting trends in my brain. Still, some blast doors around the base and it's good to go.
 
2012-06-24 02:48:47 AM
Speaking of Kunstler LinkNSFW language, but spot on critique. Boston city hall is mentioned most eloqently.
 
2012-06-24 02:56:22 AM
Let's make this an international ugly buildings thread, shall we?

farm9.staticflickr.com

Tel Aviv City Hall. And this in a city with the largest concentration of Bauhaus buildings in the world.
 
2012-06-24 03:17:29 AM
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I can understand wanting to build more seats for Soldier Field, but couldn't they have built a structure that didn't look like a UFO crashed onto the shore of Lake Michigan?

Not American, but:
www.rsh-p.com
Pourquoi? Pourquoi là?

www.linternaute.com
I don't consider this building particularly ugly, but I do think it should've been built elsewhere. Far away from the Forum, if possible.
 
2012-06-24 03:32:40 AM

Ed Grubermann: Now That's What I Call a Taco!: You could do an entire list like this of just buildings from college campuses.

/Like Wescoe Hall at KU

San Joaquin Community College in Stockton, CA, is hideous. It was designed after the college riots of the 1960's to be riot-proof. All of the public spaces are broken up into tiny courtyards. There are lmost no internal hallways, which means all classrooms open directly outside. Which is great for the power bill and for catching colds in the hot weather.


San Joaquin Delta Community College (known as "College Behind Gemco" in my day), was designed to be an "open air" campus, with similar classes held in the same area to encourage "knowledge sharing". The reason for this was because the original campus was crammed into a small footprint behind the University of the Pacific campus and not allowed to expand once UOP took over the full four year program. Back in the 40's and 50's, Delta College was where undergrads attended the first two years, then moved on to UOP to complete their degree. The original Delta College campus was owned by the University and sold in 1967 to Stockton Unified School District, which then rented the space back to Delta College. The old Delta campus was on Kensington, between Mendocino Avenue and Stadium Drive, back of the former UOP football practice fields.

The biggest advantage of the new campus over the old is that when the drama department puts on a show, you don't have to listen to three weeks or so of set building, no matter what part of campus you're on.
 
2012-06-24 03:38:36 AM

Lionel Mandrake: I wouldn't talk, Britain...

[britlitwiki.wikispaces.com image 270x360]


Is that design one of a Fabrege suppository?
 
2012-06-24 03:47:25 AM

Paris1127: I can understand wanting to build more seats for Soldier Field, but couldn't they have built a structure that didn't look like a UFO crashed onto the shore of Lake Michigan?


It is weird, but it appears to have been the best solution. Here were the problems:

  1. The city and preservationists would not allow the demolition of the historical outer walls, columns, collonades, and the like.

  2. The higher portions of the aforementioned elements were strong enough only to support themselves.

  3. The Bears and the NFL would not agree to renew the lease, given that the lack of skyboxes, modern amenities, insufficient seats, a lot of obscured seats, and so-forth. The old Soldier Field, classic though it was, was not a proper NFL stadium.

  4. Without the Bears, Soldier Field would return to being a white elephant for the Chicago Park District. Truck pulls and soccer are fine, but they were insufficient to support the place by themselves. There's no college football in the city, so forget about getting a university football team to move in, and both Wrigley and the Cell are stadium concert venues. As for soccer, the Chicago Fire moved out to the new Toyota stadium on the Southwest Side a few years ago.

  5. A new stadium would have ended up away from downtown and reduced the cache and draw of the city. There were even proposals floated by other towns in the region; that would have cost the city not only the rent & cut of the ticket sales, and the municipal parking lots' substantial take, but all of the associated sales and amusement taxes as well.

  6. So, you need to use the existing space and keep the outside elements in place while creating an assload more seats, skyboxes, amenities, ADA compliance, concessions, and conference facilities.

  7. Unless you are a Timelord, the only way to make the inside bigger while keeping the outside as it is is to build up (but without using the collonades).

Odd as it looks from outside, the interior is outstanding. There is not a bad seat anywhere (unlike before and at many other venues). Access and egress are amazingly fast and efficient too.
 
2012-06-24 04:12:41 AM

rmcooper4: ...When set against each other, it's amazing to see what "fits" and what does not. In the article there are a lot of buildings that on their own look fine, but fit awkwardly within the context of their surroundings and, particularly with more modernist structures, are out of scale with humans and surrounding buildings.

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/hot


And that's the big problem. A lot of the buildings in that article are OK on their own, but don't fit in with the surrounding context at all. As a result, they are very jarring to the senses. What will be interesting to see, though, is what those areas look like 50 years from now, when the rest of the fabric has adjusted (old buildings removed, new ones put in). Look at La Defense in Paris for an example. One or two really weird buildings went up, and people went into a tizzy. Now, though, there are another 10 or so 'weird' buildings being constructed, and it starts to come together as a whole.

www.inhabitat.com
 
2012-06-24 04:22:26 AM
I was married in this urban stain. And the piece of crap blocks the view of a couple of truly astounding buildings.
mw2.google.com
 
2012-06-24 04:36:55 AM
reminds me of this body of work
Link
 
2012-06-24 04:39:10 AM

HopScotchNSoda: Lionel Mandrake: Is this an improvement?
[photo of the O2 (formerly known as the Millennium Dome)]
Thank God I was in London after the 70s and before the Gherkin and the Mil. Dome!!

Not a masterpiece, but is it an improvement over the Greenwich Gasworks that occupied that site before it? Yes, a hundred times yes.
[aerial view of former Greenwich Gasworks, largely razed]


For a much more thorough illustration, I refer you to Dempsey & Makepeace episode "The Burning" part 1. The industrial ruins they're running about in are now the O2.

See also the partially cleared peninsula just a couple of years later when Ace and the Seventh Doctor battled the Cybermen in the 25th anniversary serial, Silver Nemesis, the Cybermen's last classic era appearance (by which time the Cybermen had devolved so much that Ace could make them blow up just by flinging gold coins at their chests with a slingshot). "The Making of Silver Nemesis"
 
2012-06-24 04:39:52 AM

Paris1127: I don't consider this building particularly ugly, but I do think it should've been built elsewhere.


Yes, like on the Moon.

Paris1127: Pourquoi? Pourquoi là?


Oddly, the architects for the Pompidu were English. The idea is that all the building's systems, its guts, are on the outside of the building, leaving the interior for exhibition space. It's a style I'm glad didn't catch on, but the building itself is pretty cool.
 
2012-06-24 04:47:38 AM

Dwight_Yeast: Oddly, the architects for the Pompidu were English. The idea is that all the building's systems, its guts, are on the outside of the building, leaving the interior for exhibition space. It's a style I'm glad didn't catch on, but the building itself is pretty cool.


Are they the same folks who designed the inside-out Lloyds of London building?
 
2012-06-24 04:57:18 AM
The Oakley building and the Geisel library are pretty damn cool I think.
 
2012-06-24 05:46:17 AM

Dwight_Yeast: Paris1127: Pourquoi? Pourquoi là?

Oddly, the architects for the Pompidu were English. The idea is that all the building's systems, its guts, are on the outside of the building, leaving the interior for exhibition space. It's a style I'm glad didn't catch on, but the building itself is pretty cool.


I'll give you that it's a unique building. My main problem with the Pompidou is its neighborhood. They built it in the heart of historic Paris, and it's an eyesore, standing out among the much older buildings which surround it. If they'd built it out in La Défense with the rest of Paris's skyscrapers (save the Eiffel Tower and Tour Montparnasse) there wouldn't have been as much of an issue with it.
 
2012-06-24 06:37:09 AM

HopScotchNSoda: Not a masterpiece, but is it an improvement over the Greenwich Gasworks that occupied that site before it? Yes, a hundred times yes.


TBH The Dome/O2 is one of the best buildings this country has put up in years. I went to a Tutankhamun exhibition there, and the design is about the function. The supports give it an external elegance, but also have a purpose of giving a huge open space. It's not like a lot of stuff which is just adornment (don't get me started on the Olympics Aquatic Centre).
 
2012-06-24 06:56:35 AM

Nogale: Let's make this an international ugly buildings thread, shall we?


Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto:
rtstrategy.ca

Perimeter Institute - Waterloo, ON.
farm3.static.flickr.com
 
2012-06-24 07:34:45 AM

HopScotchNSoda: Are they the same folks who designed the inside-out Lloyds of London building?


Yeah, Richard Rogers designed the Lloyd's building and worked on the Pompidou; he was the English architect I was thinking of. Renzo Piano and another Italian were also involved.

Paris1127: I'll give you that it's a unique building. My main problem with the Pompidou is its neighborhood. They built it in the heart of historic Paris


It was part of the redevelopment of Les Halles, which was planned long before La Defense. It was the first urban development in Paris since Hausmann in the 19th century. And honestly, it's a lot more successful than the rest of Les Halles.
 
2012-06-24 07:39:40 AM
Surprised they didn't lead off with this one
ts3.mm.bing.net
 
2012-06-24 07:55:43 AM

Elephantman: Surprised they didn't lead off with this one
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I know you're trolling, but there are far better examples of Colonial (Georgian) architecture in Philadelphia -nevermind the rest of the eastern seaboard- than Independence Hall. Christ Church is a much better building in every respect. And the public buildings in Williamsburg, Virginia are far more graceful.
 
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