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These 25 Buildings Stick Out Like Sore Thumbs

When it comes to some of the most remarkable buildings in the world, the Institute for Sound and Vision, The Guggenheim, and The Chrysler Building are a few glorious examples. These are the kinds of buildings that millions of tourists around the world visit to see up close. They're also the kinds that hundreds of working architects wish they had a hand in building.

On the other side of things, there are buildings that are visually grotesque and might literally lead to nightmares. Alright, we're being dramatic. But still, check out 25 of the most uncomfortable looking buildings that have ever been constructed around the world!

1. Bolwoningen Complex

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Built in the 1980s in Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, the Bolwoningen Complex included 50 houses that were created with the idea of experimental living. People still live in these buildings today.

2. Harold Washington Library

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The Harold Washington Library in Chicago, Illinois was featured in the Guinness Book of Records for having the title of biggest public library building in the world. It's also one of the few libraries that can hold wedding ceremonies.

3. Zizkov Television Tower

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The Zizkov Television Tower in Prague, Czech Republic is easily one of the most frightening things to behold in person due to its massive stature and weird fake babies crawling around it.

4. Ryugyong Hotel

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Since 1987, construction for North Korea's Ryugyong Hotel was halted on several occasions. While the interior was completed in 2011, they still have no plans to open the hotel in the near future.

5. Elephant Building

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There's no honest explanation as to why the massive Elephant Building in Bangkok, Thailand wasn't just named the M Building instead. This structure has 32 floors filled with shopping centers, apartments, and businesses.

6. National Library Of Belarus

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Created in 1922, the National Library of Belarus in Minsk, Belarus gains over 2,000 visitors a day that search through its eight million items of assorted media.

7. Mirador Building

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The Mirador Building in Madrid, Spain looks like a ton of apartment buildings were sucked together by an unknown force. It took four years to build this complex.

8. Slovak Radio Building

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Štefan Svetko, Štefan Ďurkovič, and Barnabáš Kissling are the ones behind this monstrosity known as the Slovak Radio Building in Bratislava, Slovakia. There's no wonder why this structure has been on many "ugliest buildings" lists.

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9. Selfridges Building

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The Selfridges Building in Birmingham, England won numerous awards in 2004 for its design, including the Retail Destination of the Year from the Retail Week Awards and the RIBA Award for Architecture.

10. Torre Agbar

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The Torre Agbar in Barcelona, Spain is a complete eyesore to those that get to witness it in person. Surprisingly enough, the 38-story skyscraper is a major tourist attraction.

11. Longaberger Basket Building

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What better way to show you're a basket manufacturer than to have your headquarters be a massive basket? The Longaberger Company in Ohio did this with their first headquarters in 1997; the company moved out after not paying property taxes.

12. Pompidou Center

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The Pompidou Center in Paris, France was used in the classic James Bond film Moonraker as the space station of Hugo Drax and the office of Holly Goodhead.

13. First World Hotel And Plaza

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The First World Hotel And Plaza in Malaysia is a colorful assault on the eyes. It has the Guinness World Record as the largest hotel in the world.

14. Aoyama Technical College

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Created by Makoto Sei Watanabe, the Aoyama Technical College in Tokyo, Japan looks more like a Megazord than an institution of higher learning. This was the first structure for Watanabe, who went on to create buildings all over Asia.

15. Kaden Tower

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You can tell a lot of effort went into decorating the outsides of this building in downton Louisville, Kentucky, but that hasn't stopped it from getting rated as one of the world's worst eyesores.

16. Landmark Theatre

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We're not sure why the Landmark Theatre in Devon, England is topped with what look like nuclear reactors... but there you have it. 

17. Aldar Headquarters Building

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Located in Abu Dhabi, this is the first circular building of its kind in the Middle East. Personally, I think it looks like a giant hard candy.

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18. Portland Building

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This 15-story eyesore serves as a municipal building in downtown Portland, Oregon. Everything about the design just seems bad. 

19. Boston City Hall

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Perhaps there was an era in which this building was considered cool, but these days it looks positively draconian in its dreariness.

20. Petrobras Building

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The Petrobras Building, located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is the headquarters of Brazil's semi-publically owned petroleum corporation. The building looks like some kind of odd, giant Jenga tower.

21. Federation Square

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Federation Square, in Melbourne, Australia, is a mixed-use development whose odd design is only made worse by the wires that hang overhead.

22. CCTV Headquarters

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Located in Beijing, this building serves as the headquarters of China Central Television (CCTV). Its local nickname is "the squatting man."

23. Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture

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This structure bears the distinction of having been designed by the renowned architect, Frank Gehry. It's definitely interesting, but not really pleasing to the eye is it?

24. National Library of Kosovo

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The national library of Kosovo looks like a lot of things... but sadly, none of those things are especially attractive.

25. Russian Embassy, Havana

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The Russian embassy in Havana, Cuba is a rather distinctive building, completed in 1987. It's easily in the running for one of the ugliest embassies ever.

While they might be very uneasy to look at, just remember the golden rule about buildings: it's what's on the inside that counts!

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