Good taste doesn’t grow on trees. It takes years to develop properly. Bit by bit, brick by brick. Alas, some architects start designing buildings without having all of that sorted first. Meanwhile, others experiment with the limits of good taste and accidentally end up driving the aesthetics of the entire project off the cliff. The very worst examples of architectural designs end up on the ‘That’s It, I’m Architecture Shaming’ Facebook group that gently pokes fun at Really Bad Decisions.
Scroll down for the best of the worst examples of architectural madness and remember to let us know in the comments if there are any buildings here that you’d give a presidential pardon to. Meanwhile, read on for Bored Panda’s exclusive interview with Ariane Sherine, the editor at ‘These Three Rooms.’ We had a chat about buying and redecorating properties, as well as the concept of the ‘perfect’ home and when we should compromise.
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If you still haven’t had your fill after this entire list, then we kindly invite you to check out Bored Panda’s previous feature about ‘That’s It, I’m Architecture Shaming’ right over here.
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#2 Stop Calling These “Phallic-Shaped Architecture.” Save Your Breath. It’s A Buildo.
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#3 I Found It! The House I Always Drew As A Kid. I Knew It Existed
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The ‘That’s It, I’m Architecture Shaming’ Facebook group has seen explosive growth. Just over a year ago, it had 64.1k members. Now, it has 10 times that, clocking in at an impressive 644.8k members. It just goes to show that founder Matthew Brühn’s vision has been a complete success. And the content that’s shared resonates with a ton of people around the globe.
However, just because a house doesn’t look great and elicits a ‘yuck!’ reaction doesn’t mean that it’s alright to leave over-the-top comments beneath the photos. The Facebook group has been having some trouble with that.
#4 They’re Real Houses, 1,100 Square Feet. Encinitas, Ca
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#5 Somewhere In Greece (Thessaloniki) After Acropolis…this Masterpiece
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#6 Directly From A Science Fiction Movie
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Specifically, the main issue for the Facebook group is that the social network flags comments that obviously aren’t threatening but might be deemed to be. Saying ‘burn it down’ about a house isn’t helpful. So much so that the team running the group had to implement super strict protocols regarding comments. (It also says a lot about Facebook’s ability to sense humor, too.) In short, the comments have to be super polite and no swearwords are allowed for the time being. The entire future of the group depends on this.
Ariane, the editor at ‘These Three Rooms,’ told Bored Panda that there’s really no accepted definition of what a ‘perfect’ home is. The only thing that you can aim for is a perfect home for you.
So if you happen to spot a house in this list that you personally love, that’s awesome; ignore all the haters. Who needs friends when you can live in a house that looks like a boat or has a golf course inside? Societal approval is overrated anyway.
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#7 I Just Couldn’t Resist This When I Saw It On My Friends Newsfeed Yesterday- Australia
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#8 Just Browsing Zillow Listings Near Tampa
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#9 I Am 100% Sure A Cat Designed This
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“That said, a home which functions perfectly in terms of everything working correctly and has a beautiful design aesthetic is the dream,” she said that there has to be a good mix of functionality and a gorgeous look. When you have both, you can’t help but feel happy.
Bored Panda was interested to find out what new homeowners can do to make their new house or apartment feel like it’s truly theirs if they happen to have bought a property with an atrocious interior.
#10 Of Course This Is In Los Angeles. Of Course It Is
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#11 Wot In Tarnation
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#12 I Can Finally Contribute. Two Houses Got Married
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Here’s what Ariane had to say about redecorating: “Strip any hideous wallpaper, take up any awful carpet, and start over. I’m a fan of neutral decor with white or cream walls and oak flooring, but that’s not everyone’s thing.”
She continued: “Create a mood board featuring decor you like. Choose four colors maximum per room, stick them on the board and see if they all go together. Everyone has their own unique sense of style; the important thing is that you love your home’s interior. Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks.” In other words, don’t compromise your own sense of taste just to please others.
#13 South Bass Island, Ohio. A Seamless Addition That Blended In Perfectly With The Original Structure
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#14 Meanwhile In North Louisiana
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#15 I Just Do Not Get This Design. At All. Brutalist Design Doesn’t Have To Be Like This
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With property and rent prices in a confusing place right now, we were curious as to what potential homeowners might do if they want to find a decent place to live in without breaking the bank.
“If you’re struggling to find somewhere within your budget, it may be worth looking at Help to Buy schemes if you’re a first-time buyer, and shared ownership schemes if not. Alternatively, explore downsizing, or look in different locations,” Ariane, from ‘These Three Rooms,’ explained to Bored Panda.
#16 Looks Like Something From The Multiverse Of Madness
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#17 Crooked Home In Detroit
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#18 Why Why Why?
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“The further you are from a city, the cheaper property usually is. Though any savings may be obliterated by the cost of commuting to work and traveling generally, so do factor that in,” she warned.
She also shared her own experiences with moving from property to property. “There are often compromises to be had. For instance, I moved from a tiny flat in expensive and pretty North London to a three-bedroom house in much-cheaper East London. The area isn’t as nice and the exterior of the house isn’t as impressive, but now I have over twice as much space and a garden,” said Ariane.
#19 The White Picket Fence Kinda Throws Me Off…
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#20 Someone Recently Posted The National Fisheries Development Board Building In Hyderabad, India
welp, i think i found the artist’s rendering of what it was originally intended to look like…and while originally i thought it was odd but kinda cool, now i find it shameful, because it could have (and apparently, should have) looked like this.
(rendering on top, actual on bottom.)
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#21 Truly A Wonder Of The World
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“Only you know what compromises you’re willing to make, but it really is worth getting on the property ladder as early in life as possible. Though I appreciate that can often be extremely difficult.” If you’re planning on moving in the near future, you might want to take a peek at Ariane’s advice guide about that right over here.
#22 Client – “I Want A Garage.” Architect – “Sure Bro.”
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#23 Beirut, Lebanon… Feeling Dizzy! This Is A Post Appreciating Interesting Architecture
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#24 Never Piss Off Your Architect
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A Sweden-based urban planning expert previously told Bored Panda that aesthetic standards can be far more fluid for buildings, so long as all the safety and accessibility standards are maintained. There’s a lot more freedom when we’re talking about privately owned buildings compared to public spaces.
#25 Mike, I Take Your Tea Pot Gas Station And I Raise You A “Last Remaining Shell Station”
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#26 Sir, Show Me Stairs Designed By Architects Who Hate Drunks
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#27 Rococo Architecture Chinese Tea House, Sanssouci Park Potsdam – Germany
I took LOTS of art history and architectural history classes in college. This era always confounded me because of the sheer unabashedly over the top aesthetic of the period, the architecture in particular just had no room for restraint. Incredible craftsmanship and yet the whole manages to be less than the parts.
Frederich the Great had it built in 1764.
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“Most of the time, the elements of the built environment should be in harmony amidst each other and with the surroundings. However, sometimes, something bolder and out-of-the-box might form an engaging contrast,” she told us.
#28 Are You Happy Now?
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#29 Modern A-Frame Cabin In Bedford Hills, NY
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#30 Spotted From The Train! This Is A House In Ghent, Belgium. The Cage Was Clearly Inspired By The Surrealist Painter René Magritte
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According to the expert, built environments should engage, stimulate, and challenge our minds and senses.
“There are circumstances where the architecture should create a sense of calmness and safety, yet there are instances in which it is not bad if the architecture provokes us and makes us think, ‘Why don’t I like the look of this building?’” she stressed that the freedom of expression is a vital part of architecture as a whole.
#31 Seen In Niagara Falls, NY. It Looks Terrified
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#32 This Was Recently Brought To My Attention. Absolutely Hideous
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#33 This House Is Near Where I Used To Live, Clear Lake, Iowa
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#34 The Americans Have Noah’s Ark. The Chinese Have
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#35 I Don’t Know Who To Shame Here
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#36 Supposedly The Smallest House In Ontario
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#37 Located In Toronto’s East End
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#38 This Is My House. Have At It
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#39 Idk What The House Looks Like, But This Room Makes Me Hyperventilate
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#40 Why Just Why?
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#41 Why? Just Why?
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#42 In Boulder. I’m Sure It Must Be Aligned With Something
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#43 I Could Never Shame This, I Just Wanted To Share My Local Community Hall/Coffee Shop/Theatre (Findhorn, Scotland)
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#44 One Job!!!! You Had One Job!
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#45 I Think I Found A Glitch In The Matrix
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#46 This Home Is Listed For Sale Here In Phoenix For $1 Million. The Owner Spent $7k Installing A Putting Green In What Had Been The Formal Living And Dining Room
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#47 Ummmm… Not A Fan…. Seattle, Wa
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#48 18,000 People, 1 Building. Saint Petersburg, Russia
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#49 These Tiny Houses Are Getting Out Of Hand
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#50 First Time Poster Long Time Watcher, Saw This On My Travels To One Of My Clients And Just…
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#51 Weird How I Never Thought About Showing You All The Starbucks I Work At
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#52 The Best Products Corp Partnered With An Architectural Firm “Sculpture In The Environment” To Design Nine Storefronts That Were Unique And Unorthodox
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#53 Why Do Ya Think About Thee Ripley’s Museums?
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#54 I Was Going To Complain About This House That Seems To Have A Complex Roof For No Reason At All
Then I looked at the satellite view and saw how the adjacent home has a terrible roof too, like they were one building, ripped apart.
Then, I wondered if there really was a reason for this madness and turned on a sewer layer on the local GIS map.
Hmm, save the sewer; kill the roofer.
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#55 Personally, I Think This Building Is A Work Of Art
It’s in the uptown part of Grand Rapids, MI, known as Eastown, which was once a big hippie haven and stomping ground for many interesting and creative transient folks.
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#56 No Warmth, No Style, No Soul. This Is Not A Cheap Place To Live
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#57 Filed As ‘Stupid Carport
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#58 Spotted This Yesterday In Tallinn, Estonia. I Like It, But It’s Definitely Unusual
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#59 Really? Looking Up Where This Is
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#60 New Homes In West Asheville, Nc…
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#61 East 71st Street In Manhattan
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#62 Oceanfront We Call It The Siding Sample House
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#63 Ummmm… Not A Fan…. Seattle, Wa
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#64 Coffee Pot Coffee Shop
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#65 The National Carpet Museum In Baku
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#66 This Is From Central Copenhagen, Denmark, Very Small Apartments Meant For Students
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#67 Personally I Like The Way It Looks But Feel It Belongs In This Group
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#68 This Is My Neighbor. Something Tells Me The Hoa Didn’t Approve These Colors. And What If I Told You The House Was Painted To Look Like The Car
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#69 I Mean, I Kind Of Like It…
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#70 If I Was A Vampire, This Would Be My Ideal Vacation Home – Belgium
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#71 I’ve Often Thought The Police Station In My Hometown Of Chorley Must Be The Most Atrocious Building In Britain
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#72 Seen In Newport, Ri: A Victorian With A Gold Onion Dome With A Sailboat Weathervane
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#73 That’s A Nice Plain Brick Wall You Got There. It’d Be A Shame If…..
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#74 My Design Clients Want A Kitchen Remodel In Their New House Because They Hate Their “Wedding Cake Pantry”!
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#75 Listed For $420k In California – Described As “Low Maintenance” Front Yard
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#76 A House In My Neighborhood That’s Just Under 6 Million… Too Gaudy?
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#77 This Is An Architectural Nightmare, No Matter How They Describe It. It Sold For $335k In Feb 2022
This one of a kind home will have you dreaming about how to transform the unique space to your tastes! Where else will you find a home offering over 6300 square feet ~ situated on a 2.5 acre lot ~ in the city just minutes from everything happening downtown, Electric Works and all the commercial amenities offered around Jefferson Pointe? You will immediately note the circular drive to the port-cochere leading you through the front entrance. You will stop and stare at the grandeur of the 2 story hall through the center of the home which includes an in ground pool! Living Room, Dining Room, Large eat in Kitchen, 4 Bedrooms plus 3 Full and 1 Half Baths are all included on the main level. You will also find an open Hearth Room at the rear of the pool, a laundry room and the entrance to the 4 CAR ATTACHED GARAGE!! Primary Bedroom Suite includes 2 walk in closets with a built in safe plus a large full Bathroom with large garden tub, shower, double sinks, water closet with stool and bidet PLUS more cupboard space than you can imagine! Upstairs there is a Family Room with built in bookshelves which is open and overlooking the center hall and pool. Step down into another room with half bath and closet which would make a great office or gaming room. The Towpath Trail is directly across the street from this home – and Wildwood Park, a charming and eclectic historic neighborhood borders to the rear of the lot. This home will be sold As-Is.
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#78 Drove By This House In My Old Neighborhood Growing Up. It’s So Bizarre, I Think I Love It
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#79 Found This In The Middle Of The Woods On A Very Rural Road. Stuck Out Because Of How Modern It Is But I Dig It
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#80 Saw This In A Listing
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#81 I Found This Driving Around San Diego The Other Day
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#82 A While Ago I Posted My Kid’s School And Everyone Got Seasick And Wondered About The Interior
Kid gave me a tour last week and so I present you all some crappy photos of the out- and inside of this high school (Utrecht, Netherlands).
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#83 In Georgetown, Washington Dc. It Doesn’t Even Have A Way To See Outside Anymore! So Curious About The Inside
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#84 Sorry, I Just Can’t Get Over This Monstrosity
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#85 It’s Like When You Try On A Hat That’s Too Big For Your Head
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#86 Glenmont, West Orange, New Jersey, The Home Of Thomas Edison For 50 Years Until His Death In 1931. The House Is Huge, Some 125 Feet Long, 116 Feet Wide, And 54 Feet High. And Has 29 Rooms
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#87 Thanks Again Flippers, You Ruined It
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#88 We Called This One The Eye Of Sauron
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#89 Saw This On Another Page
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#90 Expensive Condo Complex In My City. I Personally Don’t Think It Looks Good
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#91 Philly Is Full Of These Terrible Twins!
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