Show Us the 'Ugly' Buildings That You Love



It’s not the largest hotel, but it does have many “largest” attributes like the largest casino, largest water feature, largest canteliever, etc.


Yes, such a tragedy that this building was torn down. It was designed by the great Bertrand Goldberg (who was also the architect of the more famous and beloved “corn cob” buildings nearby. Here’s a sad time lapse of the buildings dismantling, a true testament to what happens when a building’s love runs out: YouTube


Awww, so much hate for the brutes… :frowning: Having said that, Watt Hall, the architecture school at USC, is often derided as the ugliest building on campus, said to be a living example of what architects should not do… Personally, I think the faux Gothic of some the newer buildings are far uglier (someone evidently failed to distinguish “Collegiate-Gothic” from “Gothic-Gothic”), but then again we’re looking for the ones we love, so I’ll leave this here…
(photo credit here)

Not sure if anyone posted this yet, but it’s worth a listen:


Ah, even with a classic ‘Społem’ sign on the roof.

Many Społem supermarkets in Poland used the same cladding as seen on the upper part of this building, but in my experience usually painted blue. Many still exist, re-skinned to look more modern supermarkets, but there are still some unclad examples around.



I’d say this is the most hideous building in my city of Peoria, IL.
Forum, meet the Becker building - finished in 1993 as a last-ditch effort to hold on to financial ‘flourish’ of the 80’s. The architect seems as if they were fueled by a misplaced love of Mayan-Renaissance architecture, blue-tinted glass, and copious amounts of cocaine and credit cards.
Though it can really choke any riverfront panorama of its’ beauty, when I turn right on Main Street I can’t help but love the concrete and glass temple.


The Abundant Life building in Tulsa is a great abandoned building with a very unusual history! Unfortunately I think not so many locals feel much love for it.


Ah yes, good old Fort Book. Spent many a day in there.


It was an architectural marvel as part of EXPO 67 (The World’s Fair). Also amazing to me at 8 years old was the upside down pyramid (Egypt?) and the Geodesic Dome (USA).


That’s a cool looking hulk. It reminds me of the New York Coliseum which sat decaying on Columbus Circle in Manhattan, until it was replaced by the Time Warner Center.


I love the Habitat 67 complex, it’s just one of many amazing structures that still exist at the Montreal Expo site, including Buckminster Fuller’s towering geodesic dome. The great photographer Jade Doskow has captured these sites, and many more Worlds Fair relics, and was featured by Atlas:


Always liked that building as well!


The former location of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, designed by Mario Ciampi, is one of my favorite buildings. A strange and hard-to-love exterior made way for an intricate, multi-leveled interior that hosted many beautiful spaces — although the building itself often overshadowed what was displayed in it.

The museum and film archive moved on to a new building after the brutalist structure was declared seismically unsafe. The old building won’t be the same, but at least it will be preserved.