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Discussion in 'General Discussion | Travel' started by jonspencer, Mar 16, 2015.
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this is near the old Doha Airport
please post if you have found an uglier new building
Here's a building that's not damaged, and even has tenants.
not ugly but with an unnecessary 'art piece' http://www.pierlite.com/data/content/12044_l.jpg
And no one in the area likes it - from the Thames it is really ugly
My vote goes to the Scottish Parliament buildings in Edinburgh, designed by a dead Spanish architect, and built for ten times the original budget. It features an homage to the hairdryer as a design theme, or possibly some hidden message encoded as repetitious use of the Hebrew letter dalet surrounding the windows. D-D-D-D-Dumb? D-D-D-D-Depressing? D-D-D-D-Devolution?
My vote is for one I can see right out my office window... the Portland Building. Love the huge statue on the front, but the building is hideous and I'm told quite unpleasant inside.
Edit... sorry. I had to add one more. Those photos did not do justice to my favorite part of this building: the weird green ribbon thingys on the side. So I took a photo out my window. Enjoy:
So many worthy candidates -- this should be a very long thread!
I like the green space around it.
Looks like Art Deco gone seriously wrong
That's just.... something.
No.... no.. oh dear.
sorry shard I am such
This can also be a "guess an ugly building" thread!
The Portland Building is one of many great lessons in the book, "Should I Hire a Famous Architect?"
When Michael Graves designed the building it won awards around the world as a welcome break from the "international" style of unadorned curtain-wall office buildings (like 90% of office buildings built in the US between 1950 and 1990.) Unfortunately, the post-modern style was very fleeting in its popularity, but unlike colorful but uncomfortable Memphis furniture, you can't send a city hall to the Goodwill.
Here in Seattle we have three examples of the same folly: an art museum designed by Robert Venturi who just "happened" to clone a set of drawings originally intended for a museum in London and plopped them down on an entirely different (enclosed, sloping) site in downtown Seattle; the EMP - a Frank Gehry monstrosity allegedly resembling a smashed (Jimi Hendrix) guitar but looking more like a 747-400 that stalled on short final; and a new headquarters library designed by Rem Koolhaas that won every award going but needs to have millions spent on it ten years after opening because the systems in it are failing and the librarians are pulling their hair out.
Ugh, the EMP is hideous.
Graves claimed that the Portland building went all wrong because of budgets and bureaucracy, but I think it's horrid either way. The tiny windows supposedly make it like working in a cave and it's just... ugly. To me, it just screams 80's. It's different, but that's not always a good thing. There have been talks about tearing it down because it has a structural problems and is a bad work environment.
Aah ! The Post Modern fad/crap that started in late 80s
That was an arrogant gang - Charles Jenks, Robert Venturi & Scott Brown, Michael Graves. I used to call them crayon and colored pencil gang ! They stole appropriated from other literary movements, and art scenes. Remember the BeST stores ? Same PostModern crap !
check out the Federal Building in San Francisco - supposedly built to be energy efficient but the outside grid screen did not work as expected and everyone inside & out hate it.
That one is kinda frightening
I would have to go with the DoCoMo tower building in Tokyo near Shinjuku station. it looks like something out of a Tim Burton Batman movie.