The World's Worst Buildings (The Top 20 List Nobody Wants to Be On)

The Ryugyong Hotel, Pyongyang, North Korea

In the architectural industry, it is all about prestige and coming up with the most innovative, modern and beautiful designs. Face it, there are a few firms that get all the work and if you aren't coming up with top notch creative ideas, you aren't going to be able to compete. Yet, when we saw the following buildings, we weren't sure what happened. I suppose you will always love something that you made but bleh! these creations sure make you think twice about what some people like versus others.

As things tend to go in North Korea, this hotel supposedly began construction in 1992 but was kept secret and seemed to be incomplete and abandoned until unveiled as complete in 2009. It's shape, an ode to the Egyptian pyramids but when made almost entirely of cold, rough, bland, grey concrete, it is almost sad how far behind the times this massive monstrosity is. Perhaps they could have gone with a bit smaller and more tasteful looking figure.

National Library

This was first opened in Pristina, Kosovo back in 1982. Looking at it now, it looks like a building that grew molds at the top. It’s just not aesthetically pleasing at all. We wouldn’t want to take photos of this supposed highlight if we ever got the chance to go to Kosovo.

Mirador Building

First opening back in 2005, this building in Madrid looks like unfinished work, so to speak. The blatant negligence of other sections as far as color is concerned just makes it look rough around the edges. It’s not aesthetically or visually pleasing at all. The more we look at it, the blander it gets.

Slovak Radio Building

This building is located in Bratislava, and was designed to be an inverted pyramid. However, it’s far from beautiful, that’s for sure. It was finished back in 1983 and ever since, it still hasn’t gotten any more fitting to the rest of the surroundings. It sticks out badly in its visual ugliness.

Russian Embassy

Located in Havana, Cuba, this building was first introduced to the public in 1985. It looms over a lot of the smaller buildings around it like an intimidating figure. Designed by Alexander G. Rochegov, it’s not the best representation of Russia. It just looks way too domineering and fear-inducing for anyone to ever consider going inside it.

Elephant Building

This building is really horrible in its design. Looking at it, it does remind you of an elephant. However, it’s also quite bland overall. The designer, Sumet Jumsai, probably didn’t realize that his own creation would make it to the list of the ugliest buildings in the world and wished that he could do it all over again.