Ugliest buildings in the US, around the world

Britain’s leading source of building materials, Buildworld, has taken to Twitter to list the world’s ugliest buildings.

A survey by Buildworld found that nine of the 10 ugliest buildings are in the US or UK. They compiled a list of unpopular buildings and used a tool called HuggingFace to analyze how often people tweeted negative thoughts about each building’s design.

According to their analysis, the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh received the most negative comments online, making it the world’s ugliest building.

5 ugliest buildings in the world

The Scottish Parliament Buildings, ranked No. 1 on Buildworld magazine’s list of the world’s ugliest buildings, are pictured in the Holyrood district of Edinburgh on September 30, 2008. (ED Jones/AFP via Getty Images)

  1. Scottish Parliament House: Edinburgh, Scotland (42% of tweeters criticized the building’s design)
  2. J. Edgar Hoover Building: Washington, DC, USA (38%)
  3. Newport Station: Newport, Wales (25.73%)
  4. Boston City Hall Boston, USA (25%)
  5. Preston Train Station: Preston, England (20%) (not pictured)
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Below is a list of the 10 ugliest buildings in the United States.

The Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh: 2004

The building’s branch-shaped design references Scottish architectural history and is said to mirror the landscape. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The branch-shaped design reflects the history of Scottish architecture and is believed to have been created to mirror the landscape. This building was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 2004.

The model is said to emulate the founding principles of the Scottish Parliament: openness, inclusiveness, power-sharing and equal opportunity.

It is made of a mixture of steel, oak and granite.

The J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, DC: 1975

The building that houses the FBI headquarters is the most disliked building in America, according to Buildworld.

The building was approved in the early 1960s and not dedicated until 1975.

At the time, for economic reasons, poured concrete was considered the main exterior building material, as opposed to marble, granite or limestone state buildings, but poured concrete was a major architectural style of the 60s.

The building has open spaces and courtyards, but access to the courtyard is limited and most of the first floor is closed off for security reasons.

Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang: Not open

The Ryugyong Hotel, the tallest building in North Korea, was ranked the seventh ugliest in the world by Buildworld. It is shown here in 2011. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

The Ryugyong Hotel, also known as the “Doom Hotel” in the North Korean capital, is notable for being the only building outside of the United States and Great Britain to make the top 10. It ranked 7th.

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The 105-story pyramid-shaped building has been towering over the skyline since 1987 and is still unfinished, with no word on when or if it will welcome visitors. It went through several stages of design changes.

According to a 2018 report by the Associated Press, the structural soundness of the glass and concrete hotel remains questionable.

The 10 Ugliest Buildings in the United States

Number 10 – Florida State Capitol Building in Tallahassee. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images

  • 10. Florida State Capitol: Tallahassee
  • 9. Alamodome: San Antonio
  • 8. Thompson Center: Chicago
  • 7. US Bank Stadium: Minneapolis
  • 6. Trump Tower: Las Vegas
  • 5. Denver International Airport: Colorado
  • 4. Watergate Complex: Washington, DC
  • 3. Verizon Building: New York
  • 2. Boston Municipality: Boston
  • 1. J. Edgar Hoover Building: Washington, DC

See the full list of Buildworlds from around the world here.

This story was reported from Detroit.


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