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|Top Ugliest Buildings In The US. Photo KnowInsiders|
A ranking from Buildworld (www.buildworld.co.uk) has listed out top 10 ugliest buildings in the world. Six of them are from the US.
The website has also announced the Ranking of Top 10 Eyesore Buildings in the US include:
1.J. Edgar Hoover Building, Washington, D.C.
2.Boston City Hall, Boston
3.Verizon Building, New York
4.Watergate complex, Washington, D.C.
5.The Denver International Airport, Colorado
6.Trump Tower, Las Vegas
7.U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
8. Thompson Center, Chicago
9. Alamodome, San Antonio
10.Florida State Capitol
The list is based on language people use to describe the buildings on Twitter. Researchers compiled a list of buildings often ranked as the ugliest, then searched the buildings along with keywords on Twitter. They used a sentiment analysis tool to analyze the percentage of tweets that expressed negative feelings about each building’s design.
The J. Edgar Hoover Building, located in Washington, D.C., ranked second among the world’s top eyesores, while Boston City Hall in Massachusetts ranked third. The Verizon Building on Pearl Street in New York City came in sixth, while the Watergate Complex in Washington, D.C., The Denver International Airport in Colorado and Trump Tower in Las Vegas rounded out the eighth, ninth and 10th slots, respectively.
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 serves as the headquarters for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was America’s most expensive government building upon completion. Building began in the early 1960s and was completed in 1977.
According to Buildworld, the building is criticized in nearly 40 percent of tweets that mention it. “While contrasting with the traditional marble, granite, or limestone government buildings, it echoed a major architectural style of the 1960s. The concrete was poured into reusable steel forms separated by metal ties,” the website reads.
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2. Boston City Hall, Boston
|Boston City Hall is US second ugliest building. Photo archdaily|
Completed in 1968, the Brutalist style city hall bridges the public and private sectors of government through a gradient of reveal and exposure that allows the public to become integrated, either physically or visually, into the daily affairs of the governmental process.
The city hall is divided into three main entities that make up overall system. Its division, both volumetrically and programmatically, is essentially a division of public and privatized spaces that are emphasized such that as the building tapers into a cantilevering system, the more private aspects of the city government are directly related.
3. Verizon Building, New York
|Verizon Building on Pearl Street. Photo datacenterdynamics|
The Verizon Building on Pearl Street is reportedly the third ugliest building in the U.S. and sixth in the world (U.K. and U.S.) with almost 20% of tweets negatively commenting on 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,” Buildworld writes. “When an investment firm bought the much-maligned 1975 telephone exchange in 2007, a reporter told the CEO: ‘Mr Pariser, you have a challenge cut out for you — turning a GE dishwasher into an office building.’ The firm failed to meet the challenge and re-sold it for a fraction of its intended price.”
The building has long been known as a “blight” to the NYC skyline, according to 6sqft.com. The building was erected in 1975 and reaches 540 feet into the sky. It’s no longer owned by Verizon, but by Sabey Data Center Properties, which calls it “iconic architecture” on its website. In 2016, it updated its facade, switching out some of its limestone for floor-to-ceiling glass curtain walls across the top of its four faces, 6sqft.com says.
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4.Watergate Complex, Washington D.C
|Watergate Complex. Photo archdaily|
The Watergate Complex, known for the Watergate scandal, is located at the Georgetown waterfront. It was designed by Italian architect Luigi Moretti and constructed in the 1960s.
According to the Watergate Hotel’s website, when Moretti’s design was first unveiled the building’s design was considered “as appropriate as 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
Although one of the underlying themes of the various conspiracy theories regarding DIA holds that Stapleton was a fine airport and didn’t need to be replaced, there is one inarguable point: the runways at Stapleton were not smartly laid out. The parallel runways were too close together for safe landings in bad weather, which happened around 150 days a year and cut the number of arrivals an hour from 80 to 36. DIA doesn’t have the same problem, but it does have something far more nefarious: a shape that many people have noticed looks curiously like a swastika, at least from the air. Taken on its own, such a shape could be brushed off as being just a really terrible piece of planning, but combined with everything else, it all looks very odd indeed.
Denver International Airport has mysterious tunnels
The airport is home to a number of tunnels, including a tram that goes between concourses and a failed automated baggage system. That all sounds normal enough, but there is definitely something weird about that automated baggage system—mainly, that it cost a lot of money and then never actually worked. The system, which failed pretty spectacularly when it was first tested and just never got better, was one of the reasons for DIA's delayed opening. By 2005, most of the airport’s concourses had abandoned it totally, making both its bloated price and long delays feel like even more of a failure—or at least a really weird way to cover up the building of tunnels.
6. Trump Tower, Las Vegas
Trump Tower, mixed-use skyscraper in Manhattan, New York, located on Fifth Avenue at East 56th Street. It opened in 1983, although work was not completed until the following year. Trump Tower is 664 feet (202 metres) high and has 58 stories.
It was the principal residence of its developer and namesake, Donald Trump, at the time of his election as U.S. president in 2016. It may be noted that Trump Tower is not the only New York City skyscraper to have carried the Trump name and that the names Trump Tower or Trump Towers have been affixed to buildings in other cities.
|While Trump and the Trump Organization have always claimed the building is 68 stories tall, it's not. |
The tower was built with 58 floors, but Trump explained to the New York Times that "because there was a soaring pink marble atrium and 19 commercial floors at the bottom, he could see no good reason not to list the first residential floor as the 30th floor. The pinnacle became the 68th—the height that appears in marketing materials, online search results and news articles to this day." To be fair, many buildings skip the 13th floor for superstitious reasons but the concept of more liberal "creative numbering" seems to have originated with Trump. Since he did it with Trump Tower and other buildings of his, he told the Times, "a lot of people have copied me."
7. U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
This summer, the five massive glass and steel doors that make up the west entry to U.S. Bank Stadium, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings, swung open to admit gawking spectators inside. The doors themselves range in height from 75 feet to 95 feet. Supporters of the club and the stadium had promised for years that fans will be able to see a Vikings game in a state-of-the-art sunny stadium, and after more than two years of watching work progress on the 1.75-million-square-foot structure, they finally had their opportunity.
The Vikings were already celebrating the day as a win before they even ran out onto the field in their characteristic purple uniforms. The Minnesota Vikings eventually moved into their new stadium after spending almost a decade campaigning for state funding, years wrangling with public committees over architectural issues, and two seasons playing in TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus as a makeshift 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 decades of the 1970s and 1980s saw the addition of several really remarkable structures to the skyline of Chicago, many of which are architectural masterpieces in their own right. One of the most impressive pieces of postmodern architecture in Chicago is the James R. Thompson Center, which is characterized by a sloping glass front, an asymmetric form, and a color palette that features a wide range of hues.
9. Alamodome, San Antonio
|The Alamodome is a 64,000-seat domed indoor multi-purpose stadium in San Antonio. Photo Alamodome|
There is a multi-purpose dome stadium in San Antonio, Texas called the Alamodome, with seating for 64,000. It sits on the far southeastern edge of downtown San Antonio. Costing $186 million to build, the center welcomed its first customers on May 15, 1993.
The multi-use arena was built with the hopes of luring a professional football team to town and boosting the city's convention business. The San Antonio Spurs' desires for a bigger arena were likewise satisfied. The Spurs were dissatisfied with the Alamodome after using it for ten years, so they successfully lobbied Bexar County to build a new arena for them; this new arena is now known as the AT&T Center. At the moment, the XFL's San Antonio Brahmas and the UTSA Roadrunners are the Alamodome's regular tenants. The Arena Football League's San Antonio Talons and the AAF's San Antonio Commanders are two recent tenants.
10. Florida State Capitol
|Florida State Capitol. Photo wikidata|
The history of Florida's new Capitol building begins in 1824, when Tallahassee was chosen as the state capital.
Florida's rapid population growth has necessitated upgrades to municipal infrastructure in order to meet rising demands and improve the state's already stunning natural spaces. The Capitol Complex Improvement Project, as well as historical and visitor information about Florida's State Capitol, will be made available on this site (CCIP).
The Capitol Complex in downtown Tallahassee serves as the state capital and administrative center with dignity and efficiency. The Capitol, a structure of twenty-two stories, houses both the Executive and Legislative parts of Florida's government. The Capitol Complex also houses two five-story office buildings for the House of Representatives and the Senate in addition to the Historic Capitol and Knott Building.
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