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.

Matthew Brühn, the founder of the Facebook group, was kind enough to share his thoughts about the community, the line between good and bad architectural designs, and what the future holds. He told Bored Panda that it has been "truly incredible" watching the group grow. We also got in touch 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. Read on for both exclusive interviews.

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.

#1

Stop Calling These “Phallic-Shaped Architecture.” Save Your Breath. It’s A Buildo

Stop Calling These “Phallic-Shaped Architecture.” Save Your Breath. It’s A Buildo

Michael David Brown Report

Jihana
Community Member
2 months ago

Buildo, I like that

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Matthew, the founder of 'That's It, I'm Architecture Shaming,' shared with Bored Panda that the members of the Facebook group are eager to share their thoughts and opinions on crazy architecture. Facebook, however, has interpreted some comments left by members of the group to be serious rather than, obviously, the jokes they were meant to be.

"We got in trouble with Facebook for promoting what they saw as 'violence' which in reality was hundreds of sly, truly harmless comments saying, 'Burn it down!', 'Light it on fire!' every single day. They even started dinging us for swear words. So our team’s response was to go full 'Good Place' and auto-block any swear words and any words pertaining to fire! It’s been great so far and has really boosted creativity in the comments," Matthew explained the situation to us.

"Some people can still be mean in the comment sections, as will happen with so many people, but very rarely anymore do we have to break up fights. We get anywhere from 200 to 600 posts submitted each day now as well, and it takes our awesome moderator Carol, who has generally taken charge of post approval, a good week to get through the lineup. Laura, my amazing co-admin, and I have even added a few moderators to help out with general housekeeping and moderation. Between the 7 of us, we now have folks from Hawaii, Canada, Colorado, Massachusetts, Vermont, and of course Portland, Oregon, where I started the group right before Covid hit," the founder praised his team.

#2

I Found It! The House I Always Drew As A Kid. I Knew It Existed

I Found It! The House I Always Drew As A Kid. I Knew It Existed

Niki Clauder Report

Lazy Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

Hope there’s a smiling sun up in the corner!

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#3

The White Picket Fence Kinda Throws Me Off...

The White Picket Fence Kinda Throws Me Off...

Danny Bates Report

ScrupulousScribbler
Community Member
2 months ago

Honestly I think it's kinda cool, the way the black and white contrast. It would be even cooler if the inside of the house was decorated in a rainbow scheme

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Though the group's membership seems to have plateaued (for now!), their engagement has skyrocketed. "It’s not uncommon to see a post get 1,000 reactions every hour now! I think, overall, we’ve really created a place where people can feel safe and welcome to have all the wholesome opinions and discussions they want. That’s exactly what I’ve aimed for since Day One," Matthew shared with Bored Panda his sense of pride in the entire project and the brilliant community.

In the founder's opinion, the line between good and bad architectural design is "a thick one, one that is constantly moving and shifting depending on the specific style, the location, and the viewer’s specific tastes." There's a lot of subjectivity in play here.

"Part of why I love this group is that someone could post the most beautiful building in the world and someone will hate it, or someone could post the ugliest conglomeration imaginable and someone will fall in love with it. Personally, I love balance. May that be symmetrical, asymmetrical, or something in between," he said.

"When I see a remodel or addition I prefer the design to either be flawlessly cohesive in both material and overall aesthetic and mass, or enunciated to the point where it almost appears separate. Having just started my first design job at a local firm, I try to follow balanced proportions and massing the way I see them, often using the Rule of Thirds. I also used this when I remodeled my own house," Matthew told us.

#4

Karim El Report

Lazy Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

I see the man in the yellow hat, where’s Curious George?

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#5

I Could Never Shame This, I Just Wanted To Share My Local Community Hall/Coffee Shop/Theatre (Findhorn, Scotland)

I Could Never Shame This, I Just Wanted To Share My Local Community Hall/Coffee Shop/Theatre (Findhorn, Scotland)

Adam Blanc Report

Jan Eivroc
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks good!

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#6

Sir, Show Me Stairs Designed By Architects Who Hate Drunks

Sir, Show Me Stairs Designed By Architects Who Hate Drunks

Buzz Dixon Report

Jubum
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't care what a staircase looks like. If it doesn't have railings, I won't use it.

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According to Matthew, the Facebook group has taken off because of one main reason—kindness. "We all share a love for art and architecture, but the uniting factor between our members, who come from 99 different countries, is that we all treat each other and our differing opinions with kindness and respect."

He continued: "Politics has for the most part never been allowed in the group, which has also really united this group globally. I would love to see the group hit 1,000,000 members, but I’ll still be satisfied if it doesn’t. I hope that we get back on Facebook’s good side, so we can once again let loose and have the most fun we can. After over two years of running this wonderful space with a small group of people who are now my friends, I also really hope to meet some more moderators in person!"

Matthew revealed to us that his moderator, Carol, is moving to Oregon, where the two of them have recently started designing her family's dream home. "I plan on doing a cross-continental road trip at some point too to meet some of my other TIIAS friends. Overall, I hope the group maintains the kind, friendly, and opinionated banter that we’ve all come to form and love as a collective," the founder shared his hopes for the future. And it looks like it'll be bright.

#7

I Can Finally Contribute. Two Houses Got Married

I Can Finally Contribute. Two Houses Got Married

Nina Merriman Report

Robert Trebor
Community Member
2 months ago

It looks like a house collision.

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#8

Of Course This Is In Los Angeles. Of Course It Is

Of Course This Is In Los Angeles. Of Course It Is

Anders Vercelli Report

Marion
Community Member
2 months ago

I like it, it‘s quirky and un-boring

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#9

Spotted From The Train! This Is A House In Ghent, Belgium. The Cage Was Clearly Inspired By The Surrealist Painter René Magritte

Spotted From The Train! This Is A House In Ghent, Belgium. The Cage Was Clearly Inspired By The Surrealist Painter René Magritte

Alan De Visscher Report

Olivier Caissy
Community Member
2 months ago

Grandma and Tweety bird’s house!

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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’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.

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.

#10

Never Piss Off Your Architect

Never Piss Off Your Architect

Burak İlhan Report

K Tigress
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like a Picasso.

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#11

Modern A-Frame Cabin In Bedford Hills, NY

Modern A-Frame Cabin In Bedford Hills, NY

Carol Gray Report

Rain(bow)
Community Member
2 months ago

I think it looks cool.

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#12

Personally, I Think This Building Is A Work Of Art

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.

Sam Swart Report

Draco's Dragonfly
Community Member
2 months ago

Love this! The signs on the windows really annoy me though

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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.

“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.

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

Personally I Like The Way It Looks But Feel It Belongs In This Group

Personally I Like The Way It Looks But Feel It Belongs In This Group

Megan Ann Report

Lazy Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

Stave churches are very cool construction and design!

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#14

Crooked Home In Detroit

Crooked Home In Detroit

Vance VanGogh Report

Jihana
Community Member
2 months ago

To be honest, I like that

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#15

I Just Couldn’t Resist This When I Saw It On My Friends Newsfeed Yesterday- Australia

I Just Couldn’t Resist This When I Saw It On My Friends Newsfeed Yesterday- Australia

Sam Westwood Report

Captain Awesome
Community Member
2 months ago

I WILL NOT HEAR A BAD WORD ABOUT OUR BIG MERINO!

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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

Looks Like Something From The Multiverse Of Madness

Temaia Clement Report

Jan Eivroc
Community Member
2 months ago

How is it inside, by the way? Is everybody leaning at one side?

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#17

Idk What The House Looks Like, But This Room Makes Me Hyperventilate

Idk What The House Looks Like, But This Room Makes Me Hyperventilate

Kyle Gayton Report

Mar Nadal
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

It is the cabinet of Dr. Caligari light painted

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#18

Mike, I Take Your Tea Pot Gas Station And I Raise You A "Last Remaining Shell Station"

Mike, I Take Your Tea Pot Gas Station And I Raise You A "Last Remaining Shell Station"

Ciara Kelley Report

Oogiebogieaugiedaddy
Community Member
2 months ago

I grew up a couple miles from this old Shell Gas Station. It is the only one of it's kind left. I'm 67 so that's around how old it is.

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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

I Mean, I Kind Of Like It...

I Mean, I Kind Of Like It...

Brook See Report

kristina law
Community Member
2 months ago

😵‍💫

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#20

Truly A Wonder Of The World

Truly A Wonder Of The World

Dan DeLand Report

LeighAnne Brown-Pedersen
Community Member
2 months ago

Where does Luxor fit into the whole pyramid scheme…

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#21

Wot In Tarnation

Wot In Tarnation

Chris Reynolds Report

Galious
Community Member
2 months ago

It's an art installation in Switzerland http://www.langbaumann.com/?project_id=23

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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

Someone Recently Posted The National Fisheries Development Board Building In Hyderabad, India

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.)

Megan Kenal-McLaughlin Report

Olivier Caissy
Community Member
2 months ago

I guess practicality won over design.

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#23

Beirut, Lebanon... Feeling Dizzy! This Is A Post Appreciating Interesting Architecture

Beirut, Lebanon... Feeling Dizzy! This Is A Post Appreciating Interesting Architecture

Jennifah Chard Report

Robert Trebor
Community Member
2 months ago

A really big toddler did the stacking.

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#24

They're Real Houses, 1,100 Square Feet. Encinitas, Ca

They're Real Houses, 1,100 Square Feet. Encinitas, Ca

David Stewart Report

Synaptic Disorder
Community Member
2 months ago

Well, when climate change kicks in, they are prepared.

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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

Located In Toronto's East End

Located In Toronto's East End

Kyle Keulen Report

Pam
Community Member
2 months ago

I love it

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#26

South Bass Island, Ohio. A Seamless Addition That Blended In Perfectly With The Original Structure

South Bass Island, Ohio. A Seamless Addition That Blended In Perfectly With The Original Structure

John Bacik Report

Asdomar
Community Member
2 months ago

Was the house near an airport?

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#27

Why? Just Why?

Why? Just Why?

Tyler Ouellette Report

Lyone Fein
Community Member
2 months ago

This just made me laugh

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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

I Think I Found A Glitch In The Matrix

I Think I Found A Glitch In The Matrix

Shaynen Kramer Report

Pali Rob
Community Member
2 months ago

wait...is this real? It looks like someone messed up on photoshop.

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#29

Directly From A Science Fiction Movie

Directly From A Science Fiction Movie

Mariana Cuevas Report

Party Poison (They/She)
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

I like it. Perfect fortress for Introverts. Just needs a pair of visitor extermination turrets at the front gate.

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#30

Somewhere In Greece (Thessaloniki) After Acropolis... This Masterpiece

Somewhere In Greece (Thessaloniki) After Acropolis... This Masterpiece

Sakis DjSucks Report

R D
Community Member
2 months ago

The architect was on ouzo...

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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

A While Ago I Posted My Kid's School And Everyone Got Seasick And Wondered About The Interior

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).

Indra Spronk Report

Lyone Fein
Community Member
2 months ago

IMO, this is not a good idea.

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#32

I Am 100% Sure A Cat Designed This

I Am 100% Sure A Cat Designed This

Viktor Fougstedt Report

Jan Eivroc
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks pretty neat to me. Nice!

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#33

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

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

Tim Howard Report

𝖊𝖆
Community Member
2 months ago

The Cullens’ house vibes

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#34

We Called This One The Eye Of Sauron

We Called This One The Eye Of Sauron

Sandra Deasy Report

Saico Hipe
Community Member
2 months ago

"Alexa, open the pod bay doors." "I'm afraid I can't do that, Dave..."

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#35

Drove By This House In My Old Neighborhood Growing Up. It’s So Bizarre, I Think I Love It

Drove By This House In My Old Neighborhood Growing Up. It’s So Bizarre, I Think I Love It

Bill Sherman Report

Jono
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like it’s inflatable

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#36

Meanwhile In North Louisiana

Meanwhile In North Louisiana

Jacob Seemann Report

Lazy Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

This one is a restaurant with a problematic history: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mammy's_Cupboard?wprov=sfti1

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#37

These Tiny Houses Are Getting Out Of Hand

These Tiny Houses Are Getting Out Of Hand

Erik Heppehamer Report

CAMAW
Community Member
2 months ago

I wanna know how light the "house" is because whatever is holding between the truck doesn't seem very strong

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#38

Seen In Niagara Falls, NY. It Looks Terrified

Seen In Niagara Falls, NY. It Looks Terrified

Charlotte Brannan Report

oktopus
Community Member
2 months ago

Bikini Bottom meets modernist architecture.

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#39

Oceanfront We Call It The Siding Sample House

Oceanfront We Call It The Siding Sample House

Sarah Yates Report

Jan Eivroc
Community Member
2 months ago

Is it just me or this thing looks like it's sliding backwards?

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#40

Why Why Why?

Why Why Why?

Abdul Gurjia Report

Jan Eivroc
Community Member
2 months ago

Too much going on here

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#41

This House Is Near Where I Used To Live, Clear Lake, Iowa

This House Is Near Where I Used To Live, Clear Lake, Iowa

ShayShay Banchs Report

Robert Trebor
Community Member
2 months ago

The great and awesome wizard of Oz.

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#42

Coffee Pot Coffee Shop

Coffee Pot Coffee Shop

Adam Denny Report

Sara Frazer
Community Member
2 months ago

Oi, this is in my hometown! It's a legendary bar/music venue, don't hate!

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#43

I Just Do Not Get This Design. At All. Brutalist Design Doesn’t Have To Be Like This

I Just Do Not Get This Design. At All. Brutalist Design Doesn’t Have To Be Like This

Chad Bailey Report

PandaPops
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like a hungry, hungry hippo

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#44

Rococo Architecture Chinese Tea House, Sanssouci Park Potsdam - Germany

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.

Carol Gray Report

Wilf
Community Member
2 months ago

What?! It's one of the finest examples of Chinoiserie in Europe. It's stunningly beautiful, highly influential, and as a result much copied across Europe.

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#45

Why Just Why?

Why Just Why?

Guillermo Santin Report

K. Lange
Community Member
2 months ago

I like it. Home of the Smurfs.

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#46

I’ve Often Thought The Police Station In My Hometown Of Chorley Must Be The Most Atrocious Building In Britain

I’ve Often Thought The Police Station In My Hometown Of Chorley Must Be The Most Atrocious Building In Britain

David Astley Report

Rachknits
Community Member
2 months ago

I dunno, there's some fierce competition

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#47

New Homes In West Asheville, Nc...

New Homes In West Asheville, Nc...

Steve Arnaudin Report

Rachknits
Community Member
2 months ago

They're cool, much better than those housing estates where you have house after house looking exactly the same

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#48

Just Browsing Zillow Listings Near Tampa

Just Browsing Zillow Listings Near Tampa

Jonny Hofmann Report

Lyone Fein
Community Member
2 months ago

What is that door on the 2nd floor for?

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#49

In Boulder. I'm Sure It Must Be Aligned With Something

In Boulder. I'm Sure It Must Be Aligned With Something

Kendall Miller Report

Ian Conelley
Community Member
2 months ago

Chaotic diagonal?

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#50

18,000 People, 1 Building. Saint Petersburg, Russia

18,000 People, 1 Building. Saint Petersburg, Russia

Achu C Babu Report

Claire
Community Member
2 months ago

Still a whole lot better than being homeless!

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