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Old May 9th, 2011, 09:16 PM   #1541
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This thing is a monster. Disturbingly huge, uniquely brutal, and the central tower in particular is the epitome of tackiness (who the hell thought of combining a clock, an Islamic inscription and a minaret-like structure?)

I think I found my winner... you can burst with pride Saudi Arabia!
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Old May 10th, 2011, 12:55 AM   #1542
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God, I almost threw up when I saw this one! In fact, judging from most pictures I have seen of Toronto, it seems to be a hideous city overall...

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Old May 10th, 2011, 01:14 AM   #1543
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Ha ha, that's funny but I think you misunderstood my point! Saying that I find some city or building hideous doesn't mean I'm calling for it to be razed to the ground. I'm just expressing my opinion a little vehemently (like we usually do in Mediterranean countries). So sorry if I offended you or anyone else, but that was not my intention!
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Old May 10th, 2011, 01:20 AM   #1544
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Loved the little song, Izzy! Very apropos, too..... people do get a little too worked up and overly enthusiastic when the thread is about anything "ugly".
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Old May 10th, 2011, 01:25 AM   #1545
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It's in human nature I guess!
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Old May 10th, 2011, 01:57 AM   #1546
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It's strange, one day I was walking through Kwun Tong (Kowloon) in Hong Kong and I thought I ended up in Eastern Europe. How's this for brutal?

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Old May 10th, 2011, 04:08 AM   #1547
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I know these are not much compared to the atrocities listed above, but here are some of the ugliest towers I have seen with my own eyes:

1 - The Bel-Air tower in Lausanne, Switzerland:



I think it's a disgrace to the town. Not only ugly, but also literally falling apart (slabs of concrete fell on the street below some years ago and nearly killed some passers by)



This photo taken during a blackout makes it even look creepier!

2 - The Cité du Lignon in Geneva, Switzerland:


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A giant commieblock of more than 1000m in length, dominated by two towers of 26 and 30 floors. Some may like it, but I find it unbearably brutal.

3 - Theagenio Hospital for Cancer Treatment in Thessaloniki, Greece:



Though only 9 floors high, it's one of the city's most prominent buildings and dominates the surrounding area with its sheer ugliness. Unfortunately I couldn't find any better (or should I say worse) picture of it, but this is really one of those buildings that give you goosebumps when you pass by.

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Old May 10th, 2011, 11:30 AM   #1548
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the one in Lausanne looks nice to me, needs a bit of renovation maybe
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Old May 10th, 2011, 02:52 PM   #1549
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It's considered as a historical building indeed (I think it was the first structure in Switzerland to be built of concrete, around 1930) and that's why it still stands there! Its interior is probably better looking though.
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Old May 10th, 2011, 07:03 PM   #1550
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Ha ha, that's funny but I think you misunderstood my point! Saying that I find some city or building hideous doesn't mean I'm calling for it to be razed to the ground. I'm just expressing my opinion a little vehemently (like we usually do in Mediterranean countries). So sorry if I offended you or anyone else, but that was not my intention!
I think your point was clear.

I also think that regardless of the topic, what a person says ALWAYS reflects more on the person saying it than it does on the subject matter. "hideous city overall" is a bit hyperbolic beyond reason to me. but it's cool. just having fun. and I accept your group hug with a hearty reach-around for being a good sport.
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Old May 10th, 2011, 08:37 PM   #1551
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I feel sorry you got so offended. I was just saying I dislike Toronto's architecture (at least what I have seen of it), with no intention of bashing the city as a whole. A city is also defined by its people, and I would prefer to live in Toronto if people there are generally friendly and polite, rather than in a city with beautiful architecture but rude people (I would have mentioned a specific city I have in mind, but don't want to start a war with its many fans! ) Shall we make peace now?
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Old May 10th, 2011, 09:48 PM   #1552
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Frankfurt's finest:

This one was built in 1993(!)
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I dont know what it is about this building but i really like it. With a bit of paint, maybe some new glass and a few trees this would be quite an interesting place to work in. If you look past the dirt it really does have a futuristic shape and design
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Bangkok is full of that kind of buildings all over the city
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Old May 10th, 2011, 11:13 PM   #1555
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Horrible cladding- I counted 4 different kinds. Other than that it's fine.
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is really horrible
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Old May 11th, 2011, 12:29 AM   #1557
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Panama City's two "ugly" icons: Unfinished corkscrew-shaped "Revolution" tower* and Global Bank (right)

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*Polarizing structure in terms of public opinion - people either love it, or hate it, there's hardly any indiference. I am among those on the latter extreme.
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Old May 11th, 2011, 01:07 AM   #1558
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I think that corkscrew-shaped tower is a masterpiece of creativity. It should become a symbol of Panama City once finished!
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Old May 11th, 2011, 01:19 AM   #1559
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... I would prefer to live in Toronto if people there are generally friendly and polite...

torontonians are rather boxy by nature.

(I'm just fuggin' witcha. I'm not offended at all.)

and for the record... there are WAY uglier buildings in toronto than that hotel! lol sadly many of them are also hotels.
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for example...

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this has always bothered me.

and robarts library at u of t... don't get me started on that TURKEY.
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