Friday, 30 November 2012

Pig Ugly Housing in the UK

The Housing Minister, Nick Boles and his lackey Wayne Hemmingway have declared new housing in the UK to be 'Pig Ugly'.

They go on to add that the reason people object to housing being built in the Countryside is because the housing is so ugly. I'm not sure that even the most beautiful house designs can really compete with the English countryside.

The most disturbing thing about the entire affair is that the Minister suggests using 'X-Factor' style voting in order to decide on what gets built. Some would argue that this is a democratic solution - however, it is also relying on the lowest common denominator.

Friday, 2 November 2012

"Hideously ugly, even by communist standards." - A hotel of Doom in North Korea

They don't really get much better than this - The Ryugyong Hotel in North Korea has been under construction since 1987, although economic woes have delayed progress. The building was recently condemned but it seems work has started again and it could one day, perhaps, be one of Wallpaper* magazine's top places to visit?

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Dali on Le Corbusier

'Karl Marx suffered from the same kind of illusions as poor Le Corbusier, whose recent death filled me with great joy. Both of them were architects. Le Corbusier was a pitiable creature working in reinforced concrete. Mankind will soon be landing on the moon, and just imagine: that buffoon claimed we'd be taking along sacks of reinforce concrete. His heaviness and the heaviness of the concrete deserve one another.... Le Corbusier simply went down for the third time, because of his reinforced concrete and his architectures, the ugliest and most unacceptable buildings in the world. All the same, if God exists, He'd expect me to act like a gentleman. So I ordered some everlasting flowers for the anniversary of his death, next year, and I cried out: "long live anti-gravitation"'

Alain Bosquet, Conversations with Dali, New York, 1969, pp16, 17, 31

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Buckingham Palace - questioning the ugliness of the queen's gaff in the Jubilee year?

The BBC has chosen to celebrate her Majesty's 60th year on the throne, as it were, by raising the question of whether Buckingham Palace is Ugly or not?

Perhaps not one of Nash's best works. It is a bit of a lump, and lacks any drama and movement on the front facade. The lesser viewed rear facade is perhaps more successful.

Monday, 16 January 2012

The Catholic Cathedral, Liverpool

I didn't ever think this building would feature on this Blog.....

Apparently, CNN have rated the Catholic Cathedral in Liverpool as no7 in a list of the world's most ugliest buildings.....

It was designed by Fredderick Gibberd, an important British Modernist architect in 1959 and sits upon the unfinished crypt by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

This is not a photograph of it being blown up / taking off- they're fireworks from the city's birthday in 2007.