Is there a beastly building in your neighborhood?

A recent poll of architects and critics from around the globe generated a list of the world’s ugliest buildings—many of which can be found in the U.S.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff October 30, 2008

A recent article names the world’s ugliest buildings . The infamous structures can be found all over the planet—North Korea, the United Kingdom, Romania—but the U.S. has its fair share.

When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame sought a permanent home for its museum, cities across America actively lobbied to have the attraction built in their backyard, with Cleveland ultimately taking home the prize. Now, citizens of that town aren’t sure it was such a victory—not only because of disappointing ticket sales, but also because the design hits a sour note. Critics and civilians alike decried the I.M. Pei-designed complex for being too—well, complex.

These buildings weren’t designed by rank amateurs—the architects on many of the world’s ugliest buildings could be considered the rock stars of the field. Pei, for example, is responsible for such gems as the pyramid-like expansion at Paris’ Louvre. Frank Gehry is the architect behind the Experience Music Project in Seattle (also named by Forbes magazine as an eyesore). The architect who wrought the oft-panned Denver Public Library: Michael Graves.