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Old March 25th, 2007, 06:27 PM   #1
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biggest mistakes in architecture?

We all love modern architecture, but it's an unfortunate fact that often some real ugly buildings are put up as well... What's the biggest architectural mistake in your country/city?
Here's one in Antwerp, my hometown: the hideous tower in the back was built in the 60's, and seemed to have been designed to ruin its surroundings...

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Old March 26th, 2007, 12:30 AM   #2
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Its not so bad.
I have this disturbing/depressing dark brown bricked, ivory balcony obstruction in my apartment view. Thank god a new condo is going up to block it out of my view.

Take a look. It's the one on the far right. Its blocking out the sun (one of the many ways it tries to ruin my day).

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Old March 26th, 2007, 07:50 AM   #3
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Neither of these seem so bad in their surroundings, maybe its because I have a thing for stoic, solemn buildings...
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Old March 26th, 2007, 08:35 AM   #4
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We all love modern architecture, but it's an unfortunate fact that often some real ugly buildings are put up as well... What's the biggest architectural mistake in your country/city?
Here's one in Antwerp, my hometown: the hideous tower in the back was built in the 60's, and seemed to have been designed to ruin its surroundings...

yup your really right and i agree, some of us are not able to realized that building s should blend and be consistent with what is in a place. the architect should have at least integrated similar architectural elements relevant to the older building's design and compromise some design elements...
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Old March 28th, 2007, 11:29 AM   #5
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this is the biggest mistake in George Town

this

was built in the middle of George Town's heritage area just because that location is strategic. and they even demolished this
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Old March 28th, 2007, 03:10 PM   #6
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The tower is not bad....even nice
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Old March 28th, 2007, 03:30 PM   #7
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The tower is not bad....even nice
Sure it would be nice in some business district, but imagine if they were to build a 200m concrete tower in the middle of venice... An architect should take into account what a building means to it's surroundings. A well designed and planned structure can upgrade an entire neighbourhood, but even a nice design can ruin one if the overall picture doesn't fit...
For example: I really like St Patrick's cathedral in NY, but it loses a lot of it's glory because of the skyscraper next to it, which is out of proportion compared to the cathedral..:
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Old March 28th, 2007, 04:01 PM   #8
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This is on eof biggest misatkes in Zagreb, thank God that is going to be reconstructed, allthough i dont like really the new project. But it is defenetlly better than old one
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Old March 28th, 2007, 05:09 PM   #9
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The tower is not bad....even nice
taboe is right!

the tower (KOMTAR Tower) is sticking out of the heritage area where the buildings around it are mostly 2 storeys tall. it doesn't blend in with the suroundings at all
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Old March 28th, 2007, 08:29 PM   #10
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Biggest mistake in Architecture? Modernism.
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Old March 28th, 2007, 08:51 PM   #11
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personally i think it was a big mistake to destroy the wonderful Singer Building!!
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Old March 28th, 2007, 08:55 PM   #12
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Biggest mistake in Architecture? Modernism.
Would you have preferred the world to stay with 19th century architecture? 80 storey
Victorian highrises?

Strange you have joined a "skyscraper" forum.
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Cromwell, Lauderdale and Shakespear Towers



I can't stand this tower, and to make matters worse there are three of them!
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Old March 29th, 2007, 12:06 AM   #14
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this is the biggest mistake in George Town

this

was built in the middle of George Town's heritage area just because that location is strategic. and they even demolished this
sorry to go against you but i quite like that tower...
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Old March 29th, 2007, 08:43 AM   #15
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sorry to go against you but i quite like that tower...
well, the tower is ok to me but the old school is also a nice building!

the "mistake" is not the tower but the location of the tower, which is in the heart of the heritage area i wish it was built in the high-rises district
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Old March 29th, 2007, 09:31 AM   #16
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In Singapore there was massive urban redevelopment in the 1970s, which many of our grand beauties were demolished


HSBC Bank


This grand building was modified first in the 1950s, a 2 floor concrete box was added on top of the old building.

Was demolished for this:



Union Building / Tung Centre

Union Building, one of Singapore's biggest grand buildings:


Was demolished in the 1970s for this, the Tung Centre (completed 1980s):



Ocean Building

Demolished for this ugly 1970s tower (this tower going to be redeveloped soon):
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Old March 29th, 2007, 12:38 PM   #17
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Süzer Plaza-Ritz Carlton

But, it looks like the tower will be demolished in some years

Süzer Plaza (1998) and Çiragan Palace (1867)


Süzer Plaza (1998) and Dolmabahce Mosque (1855)





old Taksim stadium (former arsenal) was demolished
the father of this idea was a french architect
aim was to create a new square

very very big shame
main entrance of the stadium




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Old March 29th, 2007, 02:12 PM   #19
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damn!! those buildings torn down in Singapore looks awesome but the skyscrapers that replaced them aren't
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The General Post Office building was torn down in the late 70s / early 80s. It's to the right of the square with the car park.
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