Architecture has given us some of the most exciting and remarkable buildings on the planet. What constitutes exceptional architecture has changed massively in recent years. Now, architecture is still centred on the appearance of a building, but things like the environmental impact and carbon footprint of buildings are also now considered important.
At the same time, architecture also gives us some great mistakes that provide us all with a good laugh. Here are our top 10 in that particular category.
1. 20 Fenchurch Street
|The Walkie-Talkie, London|
This distinctive new building in Central London, in the shape of a walkie-talkie, actually looks quite good, but the fact that it reflected sunlight and partially melted a brand new Jaguar a few months ago gets it the top spot here. Surely, someone should have thought that this would happen at some stage?
2. First World Hotel, Malaysia
|First World Hotel, Malaysia|
To be honest, we quite like this, but it looks more like something you’d expect to find at a Legoland Resort rather than to represent one of the world’s most notable hotel brands. It looks like it has been decorated during a painting festival. By blindfolded people.
3. Fang Yuang Building
|Fang Yuang Building, China|
This building, which you’ll find in Shenyang, China, was supposed to look like an ancient piece of Chinese currency. It looks more like a magnifying glass or an eye filled with CCTV cameras, and isn’t something we’d be rushing to have on our street!
4. Federation Square
|Federation Square, Australia|
Architecture in Australia is famous for being both different and for helping with environmental initiatives. Federation Square takes things to far, however, with its outer façade appearing to pay tribute to what happens when machinery gets out of control in a metal and glass factory.
5. Mirador Housing
|Mirador Housing, Madrid|
This building is simply awful. Trying to make a housing complex in Madrid stand out above all others, it certainly achieves this, but it is because it is an eyesore rather than anything that wows the mind. It wouldn’t look out of place on an estate populated with burnt out houses at every turn.
6. National Library of Belarus
|National Library of Belarus|
If there is one thing the old Soviet states have given to us, it is a lot of awful architecture. In fairness, this is their way of showing how modern they have become, but with buildings like this you’d think they’d simply hijacked a random office block in a British town like Slough.
7. Aldar Properties Building
|Aldar Properties Building|
This Dubai build looks similar to the Fang Yuang Building, but the fact it is on its own and looks like a monocle sitting at the edge of the desert, somehow makes it so much worse!
8. American Dream Meadowlands
|American Dream Meadowlands|
This is the one project on this list that could yet be saved, given that construction was recently taken over by the Triple Five Group. That said, the exterior seems to be as good as complete, so it might be a few years before the random colour schemes and candy shop appearance are eradicated forever.
9. EMP Museum
Although this building is celebrated throughout Seattle and Washington State, it is hard to get past the sheer randomness of the place, which makes it an architectural disaster. It starts when you first see the building, and then gets much worse.
10. ArcelorMittal Orbit
|ArcelorMittal Orbit, London Olympic Park|
For those who do not recognise the name, this is the horrific, helter skelter gone wrong looking sculpture that is standing in London’s Olympic Park. The sooner someone buys this and does something productive with it, the better!
Modern architecture is brilliant, but it is awful at times, too, and these are definitely the worst examples from recent times!
Published: 23.10.13 at 20:54
Editor: Ryan Holland, CEO
About the Author
Alex loves architecture but is also interested in interior design, too. He has recently purchased sliding wardrobe doors from Superglide Wardrobes, and is planning to buy more furniture to complement his home in the near future.