Ugliest buildings in the US, around the world

Buildworld, the destination for building materials in the United Kingdom, has chosen the world’s worst buildings with the help of Twitter.

Nine out of the 10 ugliest buildings in the US or UK have been identified, according to a Buildworld survey. They collected popular and unpopular rooms and used an app called HuggingFace to analyze how often people posted negative tweets about each room design.

Their research found that the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh receives the most negative comments online – making it the worst building in the world.

The 5 worst houses in the world

Claiming to be number 1 on Buildworld’s list of the world’s ugliest buildings, the Scottish Parliament building is pictured in Holyrood district of Edinburgh, on September 30, 2008. (ED Jones/AFP via Getty Images)

  1. Scottish Parliament: Edinburgh, Scotland (42% of tweets criticize building design)
  2. J. Edgar Hoover House: 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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A list of the 10 ugliest buildings in the US is below.

The Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh: 2004

The branch-like interior is said to refer to Scottish history and reflect the landscape. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The branched design is said to have references to Scottish history and is designed to mirror the landscape. The building was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 2004.

The design is said to emulate the founding principles of the Scottish Parliament itself: openness, accessibility, power-sharing and equal opportunities.

It is made of a combination of iron, oak, and granite.

J. Edgar Hoover House in Washington, DC: 1975

The building that houses the FBI headquarters is the most loved building in America, Buildworld found.

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

For economic reasons at the time, it was emphasized to be the most important material on the outside of the house, in contrast to traditional government buildings, granite, or limestone – although the main material was poured architecture of the ’60s.

The building has a mezzanine open to the garden, but access to the garden is limited, and most of the first floor is closed to ensure safety.

Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang: Not open

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

The Ryugyong Hotel in the capital of North Korea, known as the “Hotel of Doom,” is famous because it is the only hotel outside the US and the UK to make the top 10 list. He chose number 7.

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The 105-story pyramid-shaped building has been rising into the sky since 1987 and is still unfinished, with no public date for when, or if, it will welcome visitors. It went through several structural changes.

Questions remain about whether a glass-and-concrete hotel is a good fit, according to a 2018 report by the Associated Press.

The 10 worst buildings in the US

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 City Hall: Boston
  • Home 1. J. Edgar Hoover: Washington, DC

See Buildworld’s global listings here.

This story was reported from Detroit.


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