US leads the world in ugliest buildings, report

The J. Edgar Hoover building in Washington, D.C.
The J. Edgar Hoover building in Washington, D.C. Photo credit Getty Images

The building company Buildworld has shared its rankings of the top 10 ugliest buildings in the world, and among the countries to be on the list more than once is the United States, with six top 10 finishes.

The writers for the list compiled it based on language that people used to describe each building on Twitter. Researchers then analyzed the percentage of tweets that expressed negative feelings about the design of the buildings. To narrow down the buildings to search for, the authors of the report compiled a list of the buildings most commonly called ugly.

While the top spot for the ugliest building in the world goes to the Scottish Parliament Building in Edinburgh, Scotland, the number two and four spots go to buildings in the US.

The runner-up for the ugliest building in the world goes to Washington, D.C.’s J. Edgar Hoover Building, which is used as the headquarters for the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

The report shared that nearly 40% of the buildings that mentioned the building were negatively criticizing how it looked.

In the fourth spot on the list is Boston City Hall in Massachusetts, which was slammed in 25% of the tweets that mentioned it.

Rounding out the top 10, the US has four buildings listed in the 6 to 10 spots, starting with the Verizon Building in New York at number six.

The eighth spot goes to a rather controversial building, the Watergate Complex in Washington, D.C., which some would say is uglier for more than just its design.

The ninth spot proves that size doesn’t always matter, as it goes to the Denver International Airport in Colorado, the largest airport in the United States.

Rounding out the top 10 is Trump Tower in Las Vegas, Nevada, which was described as an “eyesore even in a city filled with over-the-top architecture” by Architectural Digest in 2018.

Other buildings on the list outside the United States include the Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea, in the seventh spot; Preston Train Station in Preston, England, in the fifth spot; and Newport Station in Newport, Wales, in the third spot.

Other despised designs to be mentioned in the reports rankings of buildings only in the United States included US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, the Thompson Center in Chicago, the Alamodome in San Antonio, and more.

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