Saturday, November 21, 2009

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VirtualTourist.com's 2nd Annual "World's Ugliest Buildings" List
As many of you know, last year's list of the "World's Ugliest Buildings" not only made the front page of Yahoo.com, but caused quite the controversy in Boston where some took issue with our choice of Boston City Hall as the world's ugliest building.

As comprehensive as the list was, there are still dozens of buildings out there that make us want to avert our eyes when we walk by, so with that in mind, we've compiled our 2nd Annual List of The World's Ugliest Buildings! Enjoy!
From the merely unpleasant to the borderline criminal, ugly buildings somehow manage to pop up in even the prettiest cities. With this in mind, VirtualTourist.com (www.virtualtourist.com ) has announced its 2nd Annual List of the “World’s Top 10 Ugly Buildings,” as decided by its members and editors. VirtualTourist.com general manager, Giampiero Ambrosi discusses the list’s significance: “Many of these buildings don’t have the warmth of an ice cube while others don’t even seem completed. Either way, they make for very interesting conversation.”
1) Morris A. Mechanic Theater; Baltimore, Maryland
1) Morris A. Mechanic Theater; Baltimore, Maryland

Looking at the grim, impersonal fa├žade of this once-thriving theater, it’s hard to believe its stage once hosted the likes of Katherine Hepburn and George C. Scott. Although it would be ugly without them, the windows boarded up with wood certainly don’t help matters. Its doors now closed, the structure still incites debate among locals, many of whom feel the final curtain should have come down on this building long ago.
2) Zizkov TV Tower; Prague, Czech Republic
2) Zizkov TV Tower; Prague, Czech Republic


While its ugliness could easily stand on its own, the installation of small, climbing babies by the artist David Cerny transformed this tower from an eyesore to a head-shaker. Originally meant to be temporary, the unusual infant sculptures were re-installed due to popularity!!!
3) Parliament Building; Wellington,New Zealand
3) Parliament Building; Wellington, New Zealand

A slide projector that fell on a wedding cake that fell on a waterwheel is one description of this building known as “The Beehive.” Built primarily during the ‘70s, its proximity to the neighboring Edwardian neo-classical Parliament House only accentuates its unattractiveness.
4) Centre Pompidou; Paris, France
4) Centre Pompidou; Paris, France

When looking at the primary color-coded ducts constructed on the outside of this world-famous museum, one quickly sees why these elements are usually hidden. The result of a world-wide competition, this design makes one afraid to fathom what the losing sketches looked like.
5) Federation Square; Melbourne, Australia
5) Federation Square; Melbourne, Australia

Billed as “Melbourne’s Meeting Place,” we’re guessing that this is where city residents meet…to go somewhere else. Frenzied and overly complicated, the chaotic feel of the complex is made worse by a web of unsightly wires from which overhead lights dangle.
6) Petrobras Headquarters; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
6) Petrobras Headquarters; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A cross between a penitentiary and an unfinished Lego creation is one member’s description of this dreary, block-like structure which occupies a regrettably prominent place in the city’s downtown area. To make matters worse, exterior slats give the illusion that the building is actually falling apart.
7) Markel Building; Richmond, Virginia
7) Markel Building; Richmond, Virginia

Although it sounds like urban legend, this futuristic building was in fact inspired by a baked potato served to the architect during a dinner for the American Institute of Architects. If only he’d been served fries instead.
8) Royal Ontario Museum; Toronto, Canada
8) Royal Ontario Museum; Toronto, Canada

What I.M. Pei’s pyramid is to the Louvre, so is the relatively new Michael Lee-Chin Crystal to the Royal Ontario Museum. While many praise the glass structure, just as many are troubled by the incongruity to the original, more traditional museum that still sits directly beside it.
9) National Library; Pristina, Kosovo
9) National Library; Pristina, Kosovo

It’s hard to know whether the honeycomb-pattern mesh that coats the outside of this library enhances or worsens this bizarre structure. It’s been said that when the building first opened, some thought the giant net-like feature was actually scaffolding.
10) Ryugyong Hotel; Pyongyang, North Korea
10) Ryugyong Hotel; Pyongyang, North Korea

Riddled with issues that range from lack of money to poor construction to rumored collapse, this still unfinished nightmare has been under some form of construction for over 20 years. Started in 1987, construction was halted a few years later and left untouched until fairly recently.








aaaah how sad... ROM's crystal is at 8th. I think it's strange but not ugly. It does clash with everything else near it but it's something new that Toronto can have...

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