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# 1 : Friday 20-2-2009 @ 17:02
 
 
Ok so I put up a thread on cool builkdings. What about the ugliest/most hideous/grotesque edifices built by mankind, buildings that get you instantly depressed the second you look at them.

I nominate the following:

Hawkins House, Dublin (1962) Probably the worst building ever to be erected in Ireland



Apollo House, Dublin (1969). Next door neighbour to Hawkins House, and almost as ugly.



Findlater House, O'Connell Street (1974). Absolutely vile, now being re-clad.



Windsor House Belfast (1968). Another vile 60s edifice. Pity the Troubles didn't finish it off.



Palace of Culture, Warsaw (1955). Stalin's "gift" to Poland. Most Poles see it as a symbol of brutalist Soviet oppression and want it razed.



Torre Valesca, Milan (1958). No, no, no.



The Gorbals Towers, Glasgow (1967). Utterly depressing monument to failed 1960s high-rise living concept.



River House, Chancery St., Dublin (1973). Vile biulding. Please knock it now.



And of course, the Civic Offices (Phase 1) Wood Quay (1985). A crime against urbanity.


Dublin has way more than its fair share of hideous buildings...





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# 2 : Friday 20-2-2009 @ 18:01
 
 
Interesting topic JK, but surely pure aesthetics are not the only criteria for ugly buildings. Surely engineering and energy efficiency should mitigate against "condemning" a building?
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# 3 : Friday 20-2-2009 @ 18:08
 
 
Someone said :
Interesting topic JK, but surely pure aesthetics are not the only criteria for ugly buildings. Surely engineering and energy efficiency should mitigate against "condemning" a building?

would energy efficiency have been a big consideration of an ugly building built up between today 100 years ago. An ugly building will always be an ugly building.
There is a handful of the IFSC buildings that are quite ugly, functional but ugly.
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# 4 : Friday 20-2-2009 @ 18:48
 
 
I often wonder as im walking into work every day if Thomas had Sam Stepenson design the Gaire offices
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# 5 : Friday 20-2-2009 @ 19:10
 
 
Dundrum Shopping Centre (old one)
Dun Laoghaire shopping center
Bristol Royal Infirmary (front facade)
Both centres(most buildings)of Basingstoke and Swindon.
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# 6 : Friday 20-2-2009 @ 19:16
 
 
Liberty hall is hideous
Busarus
All the fast food joints on O Connell Street
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# 7 : Friday 20-2-2009 @ 19:20
 
 
Someone said :
I often wonder as im walking into work every day if Thomas had Sam Stepenson design the Gaire offices

Yeah, Gaire Towers are pretty hideous all right.


Thomas doesn't care as he's got the refurbished penthouse office on the roof and gets to take the private jet to seminars and confeences around the world all the time.

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# 8 : Friday 20-2-2009 @ 19:23
 
 
Busaras has had a mixed reception - I for one think its not that bad at all.

https://www.gaire.com/e/f/view.asp?parent=397619
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# 9 : Friday 20-2-2009 @ 19:37
 
 
Ryugyong Hotel Tower, Pyongyang, North Korea. Totalitarian regimes are experts at hideous buildings.


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# 10 : Friday 20-2-2009 @ 19:39
 
 
Someone said :
Palace of Culture, Pyongyang, North Korea. Totalitarian regimes are exprts at hideous buildings.

They had to make sure it wasn't gonna topple over
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# 11 : Friday 20-2-2009 @ 19:52
 
 
@Jupiterkid, that 'hotel' is N Korea is totally ugly.
A vanity project, 'mine is bigger than yours'.
It's been at the building stage for about 20 years.
Truly hideous.
It has gone a long way to bankrupting N Korea.
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# 12 : Friday 20-2-2009 @ 19:52
 
 
Leeuwarden - the Netherlands
16 appartments - 24 parking spaces and a hell of an eyesore
Building name: Amicitia
Construction due to start this year



Leeuwarden - the Netherlands
Office spaces and a hell of an eyesore parts (plates) have often fallen off and caused the town to be closed for safety reasons
Building name: Achmea toren
Construction completed



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# 13 : Friday 20-2-2009 @ 21:16
 
 
I agree with river house and hawkins house for this list.
The portmore building in galway has to be one of the ugliest in ireland of recent years. Also, all of the cruises street development in Limerick.
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# 14 : Friday 20-2-2009 @ 21:19
 
 
Yeah fetch they could do with blowing up that part of dear old dub
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# 15 : Friday 20-2-2009 @ 21:24
 
 
Someone said :
Yeah fetch they could do with blowing up that part of dear old dub

Excuse me?

fetch
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