10 Most Hideous Buildings in The World

Published November 10th, 2020 - 01:34 GMT

Architecture is considered one of the most difficult professions in the world, as the architect is in constant search for creating something new, unique but practical at the same time.  Some of them succeed in creating beautiful, one-of-its kind designs and bringing along fame to the architect. However, the opposite happens sometimes when architects  accidentally design ugly buildings. In such cases, not all the blame falls on the architect alone, as other factors might lead to such catastrophic results such as the construction site, the implementation, or even the use of the building later on. 

Here we have a list of 10 of the ugliest skyscrapers in the world over the past decades where we focused on the exterior look of the building regardless of other factors:

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1. F&F Tower

1. F&F Tower: This tower, which is 243 meters high is located in the capital city of Panama. Completed in 2011, and designed by Pinzón Lozano & Asociados, a Panama City-based company, the building has a spiral, coiled shape made of glass reinforced with concrete. The design came as a bold attempt to enrich the modern architecture movement, but it failed completely

2. Hippo House

2. Hypo House: This building is the fifth headquarters of the largest financial institution in Germany, the HypoVereinsbank Foundation. The building is 114 meters high and was considered the tallest building in Munich until 2004, but the tallest building does not mean the most beautiful building, as the company made a mistake in choosing the external structure of the building.

3. Nabemba tower:

3. Nabemba Tower: This tower, which is 186 meters high is located in (Brazzaville) in Congo and is the tallest tower in the country. Its name is attributed to the highest mountain summit in the region (Nabimba summit) which is 1020 meters above sea level.

4. Lloyd’s Building in London

4. Lloyd’s Building in London: This is such an iconic building of London, but it doesn’t mean it’s beautifully designed. Much more was expected of such an iconic building, designed by Richard Rogers & Partners. This building was completed in 1986.

5. Nova Victoria Building

5. Nova Victoria Building: This building is located in London, was awarded the 2017 Carbuncle Cup award for the ugliest building. The ideas of the building came as an attempt by Nova Victoria and designers to evoke the geometric and angular shapes created by architectural design stars such as Frank Gehry and Daniel Libeskind, but clearly they have failed to do so.

6. Television Tower in Berlin

6. TV building in Berlin: This building was designed by the German architect Hermann Henselmann, and it is one of the prominent buildings in Berlin, the building is 368 meters high, its construction was completed in 1969, and the East German government was responsible for financing this Enterprise.

7. Met Life building

7. Meet Life Building: This building, which rises 246 meters high was completed in 1963 and is located above the Grand Central Station in New York City, and it is possible to see the building from different parts of the city, but this does not mean that seeing it is a pleasure!

8. Oregon Convention Center

8. Oregon Convention Center: This building was designed by the American Architectural Company ZGF and this building occupies approximately 93 thousand square meters, as it is located on the eastern side of the River (Willamette) in (Oregon-Portland) in the United States of America, and it was inaugurated in 1990, It is the largest convention center in the area (but of course not the best looking).

9. Radio and Television headquarters in Cairo

9. Radio and Television Headquarters in Cairo: This building was designed by Naeem Shabib Company for Architecture, constructed in 1957, and is 100 meters high but with not so special and boring design.

10. Lacerda elevator in Brazil

10. Lacerda elevator in Brazil: This elevator is the first public elevator built in Brazil, linking the city of Lower Salvador (Cidade Baixa) with the upper city (Cidade Alta), and it transports about 15,000 people, and this building is the second version of the original building, which was built between 1869 And 1873, it is 72 meters high. This elevator was a hydraulic elevator that was later operated using electricity. The elevator was renovated in 1930, but in fact the design needs to be revived again.

1. F&F Tower
2. Hippo House
3. Nabemba tower:
4. Lloyd’s Building in London
5. Nova Victoria Building
6. Television Tower in Berlin
7. Met Life building
8. Oregon Convention Center
9. Radio and Television headquarters in Cairo
10. Lacerda elevator in Brazil
1. F&F Tower
1. F&F Tower: This tower, which is 243 meters high is located in the capital city of Panama. Completed in 2011, and designed by Pinzón Lozano & Asociados, a Panama City-based company, the building has a spiral, coiled shape made of glass reinforced with concrete. The design came as a bold attempt to enrich the modern architecture movement, but it failed completely
2. Hippo House
2. Hypo House: This building is the fifth headquarters of the largest financial institution in Germany, the HypoVereinsbank Foundation. The building is 114 meters high and was considered the tallest building in Munich until 2004, but the tallest building does not mean the most beautiful building, as the company made a mistake in choosing the external structure of the building.
3. Nabemba tower:
3. Nabemba Tower: This tower, which is 186 meters high is located in (Brazzaville) in Congo and is the tallest tower in the country. Its name is attributed to the highest mountain summit in the region (Nabimba summit) which is 1020 meters above sea level.
4. Lloyd’s Building in London
4. Lloyd’s Building in London: This is such an iconic building of London, but it doesn’t mean it’s beautifully designed. Much more was expected of such an iconic building, designed by Richard Rogers & Partners. This building was completed in 1986.
5. Nova Victoria Building
5. Nova Victoria Building: This building is located in London, was awarded the 2017 Carbuncle Cup award for the ugliest building. The ideas of the building came as an attempt by Nova Victoria and designers to evoke the geometric and angular shapes created by architectural design stars such as Frank Gehry and Daniel Libeskind, but clearly they have failed to do so.
6. Television Tower in Berlin
6. TV building in Berlin: This building was designed by the German architect Hermann Henselmann, and it is one of the prominent buildings in Berlin, the building is 368 meters high, its construction was completed in 1969, and the East German government was responsible for financing this Enterprise.
7. Met Life building
7. Meet Life Building: This building, which rises 246 meters high was completed in 1963 and is located above the Grand Central Station in New York City, and it is possible to see the building from different parts of the city, but this does not mean that seeing it is a pleasure!
8. Oregon Convention Center
8. Oregon Convention Center: This building was designed by the American Architectural Company ZGF and this building occupies approximately 93 thousand square meters, as it is located on the eastern side of the River (Willamette) in (Oregon-Portland) in the United States of America, and it was inaugurated in 1990, It is the largest convention center in the area (but of course not the best looking).
9. Radio and Television headquarters in Cairo
9. Radio and Television Headquarters in Cairo: This building was designed by Naeem Shabib Company for Architecture, constructed in 1957, and is 100 meters high but with not so special and boring design.
10. Lacerda elevator in Brazil
10. Lacerda elevator in Brazil: This elevator is the first public elevator built in Brazil, linking the city of Lower Salvador (Cidade Baixa) with the upper city (Cidade Alta), and it transports about 15,000 people, and this building is the second version of the original building, which was built between 1869 And 1873, it is 72 meters high. This elevator was a hydraulic elevator that was later operated using electricity. The elevator was renovated in 1930, but in fact the design needs to be revived again.