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    • SamsReturn
    • By SamsReturn 6th Sep 17, 10:40 AM
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    UK's ugliest builgings.
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    • 6th Sep 17, 10:40 AM
    UK's ugliest builgings. 6th Sep 17 at 10:40 AM
    A London office block described as a "bright red hideous mess" has been named the UK's worst building.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-41163584

    It must have been a difficult decision which to choose, there are some terrible buildings here. Bad enough that you'd have to work in one of them, but would you ever have chose one to live in ?
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    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 6th Sep 17, 11:09 AM
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    These are a few more...

    https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/architecture-design-blog/2014/aug/25/front-facade-bad-developments-ruining-historic-buildings

    The 4th photo down in Lancaster is the worst. It's an orange monster, supposed to be flats, built over the Old Corporation Bus Depot in Lancaster. How to ruin a grand old Listed Building or what! Every visitor to the old historic town coming off Junction 34 of the M6 has to see it as they enter the town.

    Trouble with Lancaster is that the ugly Orange thing is just one of the many eyesores. This is a good read...

    http://knowhere.co.uk/Lancaster/Lancashire/Northern-England/info/demolish

    The stuff in blue down the margin down the right-hand side on the link are quite impressive too.
    Last edited by PompeyPete; 06-09-2017 at 11:22 AM.
    • NaughtiusMaximus
    • By NaughtiusMaximus 6th Sep 17, 11:27 AM
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    Some of the nominees for the 2017 Stirling Prize for best new UK building are equally as ugly IMO:

    https://www.architecture.com/knowledge-and-resources/knowledge-landing-page/riba-stirling-prize-2017-shortlist
    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 6th Sep 17, 11:42 AM
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    It's not just buildings. Look what Damien Hirst has loaned to Ilfracombe for 25 years...

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/oct/21/damien-hirst-ilfracombe-public-sculpture

    It's even more obscene on this Youtube video...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Df_Kydsl4h8
    Last edited by PompeyPete; 06-09-2017 at 3:02 PM.
    • Jackmydad
    • By Jackmydad 6th Sep 17, 11:57 AM
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    Nothing wrong with good, practical modern design when it's in context with it's surroundings.
    A lot of the "statement" stuff, as far as I'm concerned, is one person getting themselves noticed, while the rest of us have to put up with it.
    A lot of "emperor's new clothes" syndrome about it too. We're told it's truly wunnerful so it must be.
    • Gavin83
    • By Gavin83 6th Sep 17, 12:11 PM
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    I actually quite like it! It's better than all of those in the link PompeyPete provided and I prefer it to some of those being nominated for best building.
    • jack_pott
    • By jack_pott 6th Sep 17, 12:25 PM
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    I think my award went to Rigg Beck until it burned down ion 2008.
    • SamsReturn
    • By SamsReturn 6th Sep 17, 12:58 PM
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    That Damien Hurst statue, i can't see what's it costing the Council, it just says they have it on loan. And all these Councils are complaining about the cutbacks they're having to make 'cos they have no money.

    It reminds me a bit of a Tracy Emin work at the back of the cathedral in Liverpool. Unless you knew what it was, you'd think it was just a piece of scaffolding.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/2235725/Tracey-Emin-bird-artwork-in-Liverpool-feared-stolen.html
    A 4m pole with a little bird on the top, but the thing is so high you can't see the bird. But it was a bargain at only £60k
    • MothballsWallet
    • By MothballsWallet 6th Sep 17, 6:33 PM
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    The Shard in London's a weird one - in some ways, it looks cool, but in others it's ugly - like why does it taper in to a sharp point?
    I live in the UK City of Culture 2021

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    • minimad1970
    • By minimad1970 6th Sep 17, 7:44 PM
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    The Tricorn in Portsmouth was awful, luckily they demolished it.

    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 6th Sep 17, 9:49 PM
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    would you ever have chose one to live in ?
    Originally posted by SamsReturn
    Yes. I don't spend much time looking at the outside! Kerb appeal or extra bedroom, I chose the extra bedroom.
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    • JasonLVC
    • By JasonLVC 7th Sep 17, 9:27 AM
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    More or less, all of Coventry.


    1st pic, Lovely County Hall attached by weird metal bridge to 1970's monstrosity. 2nd. Elephant shaped building (Coventry's logo contains an elephant), 3rd, modern carbunckle (most of the University buildings are a bizarre experiment in ensuring the next new build is more uglier than the last, more glass and pointy bits seems to be the architects remit) and finally, the Britannia Hotel, one of the worst hotels in the Country. There are tenements in Russia which look more appealing.











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    • jack_pott
    • By jack_pott 7th Sep 17, 11:13 AM
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    This.......
    • minimad1970
    • By minimad1970 7th Sep 17, 11:29 AM
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    Originally posted by jack_pott
    I love the design of that building
    • minimad1970
    • By minimad1970 7th Sep 17, 11:31 AM
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    Wyndham Court in Southampton is a thing of beauty

    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 7th Sep 17, 11:58 AM
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    The Tricorn in Portsmouth was awful, luckily they demolished it.

    Originally posted by minimad1970
    I remember the Tricorn well. Inside at ground floor level was a pub called The Casbah. A little on the seedy side, but I visited it regularly when I was a young sailor of Her Majesty's Grey Funnel Line.

    There was also a live music venue called the Tricorn Centre, later renamed Granny's, and then Basins. It hosted many a live performance performances by Marc Bolan, Slade, Mud, Sweet, Status Quo, to name a few.
    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 7th Sep 17, 12:00 PM
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    Wyndham Court in Southampton is a thing of beauty

    Originally posted by minimad1970
    I stay well away from Southampton.....too many traffic lights.
    • jack_pott
    • By jack_pott 7th Sep 17, 1:10 PM
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    I love the design of that building
    Originally posted by minimad1970
    Beauty, it's all in the eye of the beholder.
    • Wizard of Id
    • By Wizard of Id 7th Sep 17, 2:31 PM
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    The new V & A museum in Dundee is not finished yet but is sure to be a candidate for next years worst looking building. I saw it the other day when crossing the bridge into Dundee and it just looks horrible

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    • minimad1970
    • By minimad1970 7th Sep 17, 5:32 PM
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    I stay well away from Southampton.....too many traffic lights.
    Originally posted by PompeyPete
    There is a lot of them coming from your way, luckily for me I'm the New Forest side of Southampton. In 25 years of driving I've never crossed the Itchen Bridge
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