Top 10 Ugliest Buildings in the U.S
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According to Buildworld (www.buildworld.co.uk), these ten buildings are the ugliest in the entire globe. Among them, six are Americans.
The list is derived from the vocabulary used on Twitter to characterize buildings. Following the compilation of a list of buildings consistently ranked as the ugliest, researchers conducted a Twitter search for the buildings plus related keywords. They calculated the proportion of tweets expressing disapproval of each building's design using a sentiment analysis tool.
Third place went to Boston City Hall in Massachusetts, and second place went to the J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, D.C. The Watergate Complex in Washington, D.C., the Denver International Airport in Colorado, and the Trump Tower in Las Vegas ranked sixth, seventh, and eighth, respectively, after the Verizon Building on Pearl Street in New York City.
Top 10 Ugliest Buildings In The US
1. J. Edgar Hoover Building, Washington D.C
|J Edgar Hoover Building. Photo architect magazine|
The J Edgar Hoover Building, the most expensive government building in the nation when it was completed, houses the headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Beginning in the early 1960s, construction was completed in 1977.
According to Buildworld, nearly 40% of tweets that mention the building are critical of it. "It stood in contrast to the traditional marble, granite, or limestone government buildings, echoing a significant architectural style of the 1960s," the tweet reads. As per the website, metal ties were used to separate the reusable steel forms into which the concrete was poured.
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2. Boston City Hall, Boston
|Boston City Hall is US second ugliest building. Photo archdaily|
The public can become physically or visually integrated into the day-to-day operations of the governmental process by means of a gradient of reveal and exposure in the 1968 Brutalist city hall, which unites the public and private spheres of governance.
The overall system of the city hall is composed of three main divisions. As the building tapers into a cantilevering system, its division—both volumetrically and programmatically—essentially entails a division of privatized and public spaces that are highlighted in a way that directly links the more private aspects of the city government.
3. Verizon Building, New York
|Verizon Building on Pearl Street. Photo datacenterdynamics|
The Verizon Building on Pearl Street is reportedly the third ugly building in the United States and the sixth in the world (U.K. and U.S.), with almost 20% of tweets criticizing its appearance.
"Not to be confused with the Verizon Building on West Street, the Verizon on Pearl Street has long been a 'doer-upper' without ever becoming an acceptable sight for New York's eyes," according to Buildworld."Mr. Pariser, you have your work cut out for you — turning a GE dishwasher into an office building," a reporter told the CEO of the investment firm that bought the infamous 1975 phone exchange. The business failed to rise to the occasion and ended up reselling it for significantly less than what was initially planned.
The building has long been considered a "blight" on the NYC skyline, according to 6sqft.com. The construction project from 1975 has a height of 540 feet. Verizon no longer owns it; instead, Sabey Data Center Properties, which refers to it as "iconic architecture" on its website. Its facade was updated in 2016, and according to 6sqft.com, floor-to-ceiling glass curtain walls across the top of its four faces replaced some of the limestone.
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4.Watergate Complex, Washington D.C
|Watergate Complex. Photo archdaily|
Situated on the Georgetown waterfront is the Watergate Complex, which is well-known for the Watergate scandal. Italian architect Luigi Moretti created the design, which was built in the 1960s.
The Watergate Hotel's website states that when Moretti's design was first revealed, it was compared to "a strip dancer performing at your grandmother's funeral."
5. The Denver International Airport, Colorado
|Denver International Airport. Photo uncover colorado|
On February 28, 1995, the Denver International Airport (DIA) opened its doors and its runways to the public after falling over a year behind schedule and spending a reported $2 billion more than its original budget had dictated.
Denver International Airport's runways form a hate symbol
One of the main themes of the many conspiracy theories surrounding DIA is that Stapleton was a good airport that didn't need to be replaced, but there is one thing that is undeniable: the runways at Stapleton weren't designed with precision. Because the parallel runways were too close together for safe landings during inclement weather, which occurred on about 150 days a year, the number of arrivals per hour decreased from 80 to 36. Even though DIA doesn't have the same problem, it does have something far more sinister: a shape that, at least when viewed from above, strangely resembles a swastika. If this shape were taken in isolation, it might be written off as just really bad design, but in relation to everything else, it looks incredibly bizarre.
Denver International Airport has mysterious tunnels
The airport has multiple tunnels, one of which is a tram that connects the concourses and has an automated baggage system that isn't working properly. While all of that makes sense, there is undoubtedly something odd about the automated baggage system—most notably, its high cost and lack of actual functionality. The system, which performed terribly in its initial testing and never really improved, was one of the reasons behind the DIA's delayed opening. Its exorbitant cost and protracted delays made it feel even more like a failure by 2005, when most concourses at the airport had completely stopped using it. At the very least, it was an odd way to hide tunnel construction.
6. Trump Tower, Las Vegas
The mixed-use Trump Tower is located in Manhattan, New York, at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and East 56th Street. It opened that year, but the construction wasn't completed until the following year. Trump Tower is 664 feet (202 meters) tall with 58 stories.
It was where Donald Trump made his home base after winning the 2016 presidential election. It should be mentioned that other buildings in other cities have also been given the names Trump Tower or Trump Towers, and that Trump Tower is not the only skyscraper in New York City to carry the Trump name.
|Contrary to what Trump and the Trump Organization have repeatedly stated, the building is not as tall. |
Despite the tower's intended 58 stories, Trump told the New York Times that "there was a soaring pink marble atrium and 19 commercial floors at the bottom, so he could see no good reason not to list the first residential floor as the 30th floor." The 68th peak replaced the previous one and is still utilized in news articles, advertisements, and internet search results. To be fair, superstitious beliefs cause many buildings to skip the 13th floor, but Trump seems to have invented the more progressive idea of "creative numbering" instead. Since he did it with Trump Tower and other of his buildings, he claimed to the Times that "a lot of people have copied me".
7. U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
Five massive glass and steel doors at the west entrance of U.S. Bank Stadium, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings, opened this summer to let interested fans inside. The actual doors range in height from 75 to 95 feet. The chance to witness a Vikings game in a state-of-the-art, bright stadium had been promised for years, and after more than two years of watching the 1.75 million-square-foot building's construction progress, fans finally got their wish.
The Vikings were already declaring the day a victory before they had even taken the field in their eye-catching purple uniforms. The Minnesota Vikings finally moved into their new stadium after nearly ten years of lobbying for state funding, years of disagreements with public committees over architectural issues, and two seasons of play in TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus as a temporary home.
8. Thompson Center, Chicago
The Thompson Center is getting some rather unflattering recognition. It has been named one of the ugliest buildings in America. Photo: Archdaily
The skyline of Chicago received a number of really impressive additions during the 1970s and 1980s, many of which are stand-alone architectural masterpieces. The James R. Thompson Center, which has a sloping glass front, an asymmetrical form, and a color palette with a variety of tones, is one of Chicago's most impressive examples of postmodern architecture.
9. Alamodome, San Antonio
|The Alamodome is a 64,000-seat domed indoor multi-purpose stadium in San Antonio. Photo Alamodome|
San Antonio, Texas is home to the multipurpose, 64,000-seat Alamodome dome stadium. The southernmost point of San Antonio's downtown is where it is situated. On May 15, 1993, the $186 million shopping center welcomed its first customers.
The multi-use arena was built to attract a professional football team to the city and boost convention business. The San Antonio Spurs' requirement for a bigger arena was also satisfied. The Spurs were unhappy with the Alamodome after ten years of use, so they successfully petitioned Bexar County to build a new arena for them, which is currently known as the AT&T Center.
The UTSA Roadrunners and the San Antonio Brahmas of the XFL are currently the main tenants of the Alamodome. Two recent occupants are the San Antonio Commanders of the AAF and the San Antonio Talons of the Arena Football League.
10. Florida State Capitol
|Florida State Capitol. Photo wikidata|
The history of Florida's new Capitol building began in 1824 when Tallahassee was chosen to serve as the state capital.
Increased demand for the state's already stunning natural spaces, along with Florida's rapid population growth, have made municipal infrastructure improvements necessary. The Capitol Complex Improvement Project (CCIP) website will include historical and visitor information about Florida's State Capitol in addition to project details.
Housed in the Capitol Complex in the center of Tallahassee, the state capital and administrative center is operated with efficiency and dignity. The twenty-two-story Capitol building is home to Florida's Legislative and Executive branches of government. The Capitol Complex houses the Senate's and the House of Representatives' two five-story office buildings in addition to the Historic Capitol and Knott Building.
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