“Ugly” buildings you will love to visit

Royal National Theatre; London, U.K.

Royal National Theatre; London, U.K.

The Royal National Theatre known as the National Theatre in London is one of the United Kingdom’s two most prominent publicly funded theatre companies.
It is located next to the Thames in the South Bank area of central London. In addition to performances at the National Theatre building, the National Theatre Company continues to perform touring productions at theatres across the United Kingdom.

The Pixel Buildling; Melbourne, Australia

The Pixel Buildling; Melbourne, Australia

This building is carbon neutral, but how many Olympic mascot pins had to die to make it? The building is self-sufficient (they even collect their own rain water on the roof), we just wish it were a tad more subtle.

Trump Tower; New York City, New York

Trump Tower; New York City, New York

In the early 80s it was considered the signature building of its time…and that’s part of the problem. Dull on the outside, dizzyingly gaudy on the inside, this outdated building is generally only visited by tourists as it is almost universally avoided by New Yorkers.

Epi Apartments; Seattle, Washington

Epi Apartments; Seattle, Washington

We’re all for occasional quirkiness, but in this case we’re not sure how adding a bunch of almost intimidating, sharp-looking metal shapes onto an otherwise bland building enhances it. The building’s website boldly refers to the structure as “The center of the center of the universe.”

Chang Building (“The Elephant Tower”); Bangkok, Thailand

Chang Building The Elephant Tower Bangkok, Thailand

The design is not that bad and we like the intended humor. It’s the half-hearted execution that turns this potentially fun idea from attraction to eyesore.