Beauty Or the Beast?

Guess what is this?

Take a closer look!

Is this one of the ugliest building in the world?

I find it’s quite stunning!

Answer : Selfridges Store at The Bullring, Birmingham.

5th Place World Ugliest Building in recent CNN Survey & RIBA Award for Architecture 2004

(1) Beauty or the Beast?

The Bullring Shopping Center was designed by the Future Systems architectural practice, the building is covered in 15,000 shiny aluminium discs and cost a cool £60 million to build.

It has proved a hit with both the public and design bods, earning it the RIBA Award for Architecture 2004 and Destination of the Year Retail Week Awards 2004. But controversial to this award, Bullring Birmingham also been voted as the World Ugliest Building (5th place) and Britain Ugliest Building in the recent survey. Ha!

Although I find Bullring  shopping center is quite stunning, but it is definitely  “ought” and  “eyesores” to stand beside the St Martin Church and the surrounding landscape – make it look like a big monster in the city!

Please don’t treat these largely unpleasant buildings as a joke!

Sometimes the architecture can have a grave impact on the perception of a city or region!

Birmingham, in the Midlands of the United Kingdom,  was recently voted the ugliest city in the country through a national poll. This came after the city’s Bullring Shopping Centre and the Birmingham Central Library were named as the number one and two ugliest buildings in the country.

On the other hand,  I find Agra, India was beautiful, because it housed one of the most beautiful building in the world – Taj Mahal, Mecca of Love.

Taj Mahal is really the view of heaven on this earth. If you have not relished Taj Mahal, with your living eyes, don’t miss it any cost!

(2) World’s Ugliest Buildings

CNN readers have voted and compiled a list of ten of the world’s ugliest buildings recently, it range from the divisive Millennium Dome (02 Arena) in London, to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, and the incomplete Ryugyong Hotel in North Korea. 5 out of the 10 ugliest buildings are in Britain, look like British architects are having different perception in buIlding design

I personally find the Experience Music Project (EMP) in Seattle is amusing!

Click here to see the photos of these “ugly buildings”.

Forbes conducted a similar survey in 2001, and the results are quite close also.

Click here to view the Forbes world ugliest buildings

So, whether these buildings are beautiful or ugly, up to individual views!


Author: huichun

Originate from Taiping, now staying in Kuala Lumpur, Malayisia and working in a management consultancy and training firm. A typical Gemini that like to poke the nose in everything, everywhere. Like to cook, travel, read, share views with others,help the needy.......... Currently the main concerns are Malaysia civil society & politics, world environmental issues and managing a community library in KL.

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