There’s nothing like seeing photos of horrible and ugly architecture to perk up your spirits. You look at those ugly buildings and you think to yourself, “2020 might be a horrible year and things are going to hell but at least my life’s better than these trainwrecks.” If you’re a fan of architectural disasters, then you have to check out the Ugly Belgian Houses social media pages, run by local Hannes Coudenys. His project of taking snaps of ugly houses in Belgium is loved by a lot of people and he jokes that it’s turned into almost a “cult.”

Hannes told Bored Panda that a big part of his growth online has been the fact that he's been doing a project for Belgian TV. "I ring the door and ask them if they know they are on this page. In the end, I tell them it's my website." You can check out Hannes' videos right here. He's still working on them and around 25 new ones are in the making.

You can check out Bored Panda’s earlier awesome posts featuring Ugly Belgian Houses right here and here. But before you do that, scroll down, upvote your fave horrendous buildings, and read on for our freshest interview with Hannes.

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#1

Reminds Me Of 'The Scream' By Edvard Munch And That's Exactly What I'm Doing

Reminds Me Of 'The Scream' By Edvard Munch And That's Exactly What I'm Doing

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Woody
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1 month ago

Modern!

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#2

Malebox

Malebox

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Sarcastic Cow
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1 month ago

Super Mario 3 designers house?

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#3

Go Home House, You’re Drunk

Go Home House, You’re Drunk

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Woody
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1 month ago

That pile of dirt just adds 2 the effect

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Hannes told Bored Panda that there is a problem with becoming too big, too fast. This has lead to some architectural drama on his social media pages. People have been clashing there because they have different opinons about experimental architecture and classical Belgian farmstyle buildings. "I never wanted to shame experimental [buildings]," Hannes said.

He told us that his book sales have been doing great and it's already become a cult classic in Belgium. "A lot of tourists buy the book when they visit. We sold about 20,000 copies which is quite big in our small country of 10 million people."

Hannes said that going outside was easier during the coronavirus lockdown. "We could go outside for walks and runs so that [taking pictures of houses] was the only thing I could do."

#4

I’m Not Supporting This. Just Like Those Columns

I’m Not Supporting This. Just Like Those Columns

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ƒιѕн
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1 month ago

Measure twice cut once.

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#5

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ

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N S
Community Member
1 month ago

actually it's Mary

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#6

The Roof, The Roof, The Roof Has Expired

The Roof, The Roof, The Roof Has Expired

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Tomasz Jackowski
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1 month ago

this one took me by surprise, I saw the first photo and was like "oh no...", but then I kept scrolling and it turns out there was another photo which made it even worse :V

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“We all love to hate ugly Belgian houses,” Hannes told Bored Panda in an earlier interview. However, he added that it’s not just Belgium that’s full of wacky architecture.

“Poland has terrible architecture, as a lot of people have let me see,” Hannes said. He also pointed out that Belgium has lots of great architecture, too (so it’s not all dreary and grim down there). “I like the work of Gijs van Vaerenbergh, Vens-Vanbelle, De Vylder Vinck Taillieu, Vincent van Duysen.”

More than 107k people follow Hannes’ Ugly Belgian Houses page on Facebook while his fan count on Instagram has grown to 101k (it was 76.8k in October 2019).

#7

Exsqueeze Me

Exsqueeze Me

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Izuna Kazuki
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1 month ago

Newbie minecraft player house

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#8

When You Discover There’s An Ugly Belgian House Under Your Ugly Belgian House

When You Discover There’s An Ugly Belgian House Under Your Ugly Belgian House

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Bardhi's Dad
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1 month ago

What the hell happened here?

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#9

Please Restart Windows

Please Restart Windows

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Steve Barnett
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1 month ago

Extreme window tax

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According to Hannes, Belgians have a weird interpretation of what makes a house look good. “Normally, if you like architecture you like good houses, but in Belgium, there’s a lot of ugly architecture. So I started taking pictures of it.”

He added that regulations in Belgium are quite liberal and people love to design their own quirky dream houses. However, some house owners were angry that Hannes featured photos of them online.

Tempers flared. Lawyers got involved. And Hannes gave in and shut down his blog. Fortunately, he relaunched it back in 2013. Now he asks people to contact him directly if they don’t like seeing their weird homes being poked fun at online.

#10

I’m Stuck

I’m Stuck

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Francis
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1 month ago

when you really don't want to sell your property...

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#11

By Frank Lloyd Wrong

By Frank Lloyd Wrong

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Laura Jones
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1 month ago

is it me or is it leaning?

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#12

Like A Rubik’s Cube You Can’t Solve

Like A Rubik’s Cube You Can’t Solve

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Kate S
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1 month ago

Nor want to

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#13

Keep Your Distance People

Keep Your Distance People

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ƒιѕн
Community Member
1 month ago

I would live there, no nosy neighbors to deal with.

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#14

*wink*

*wink*

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Woody
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1 month ago

Cool curtains!

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#15

House Xs

House Xs

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Sherly Septiani
Community Member
1 month ago

it's the orde of phoenix headquarter.

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#16

The Statue Of Misery

The Statue Of Misery

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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

This is much more stupid than ugly

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#17

When Your House Is A Penis But You’re Not Allowed To Show It

When Your House Is A Penis But You’re Not Allowed To Show It

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Izuna Kazuki
Community Member
1 month ago

The gates to the final boss chamber

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#18

50% Shades Of Grey

50% Shades Of Grey

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Animal Lover
Community Member
1 month ago

For some reason I kinda like it...

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#19

Zip Up, I Can See Your Chimney

Zip Up, I Can See Your Chimney

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JessG
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1 month ago

The caption!! XD

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#20

The Architect Had A Vision (Problem)

The Architect Had A Vision (Problem)

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Anja Schmidt
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1 month ago

"we had some metal leftovers ..." or maybe in areas where´sa lot of snow ...

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#21

If I Ever Shoot The Movie ‘Two Alfa Romeo’s & Julia’ I Know Where To Go

If I Ever Shoot The Movie ‘Two Alfa Romeo’s & Julia’ I Know Where To Go

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Francis
Community Member
1 month ago

not the most beautiful house, but not as bad as all the others...

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#22

Nothing To See Here

Nothing To See Here

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pei meow
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1 month ago

The twits

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#23

When You Used A Condom But Still Got An Std

When You Used A Condom But Still Got An Std

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Nadine Khazaka
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1 month ago

Inspired by his "excited" dog.

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#24

Adidarchitecture

Adidarchitecture

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John-Paul Bitler
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1 month ago

This actually looks cool, I think

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#25

100% Real No Fake Doggo

100% Real No Fake Doggo

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Scagsy
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1 month ago

Am I alone in actually liking these?

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#26

Stay Inside

Stay Inside

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Berit-Bärbel Rebane
Community Member
1 month ago

Maybe there are a lot of vampires?

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#27

We All Live In A Yellow Submarine

We All Live In A Yellow Submarine

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Scagsy
Community Member
1 month ago

I've been expecting you Mr. Bond

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#28

Welcome To My Shiteau

Welcome To My Shiteau

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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
1 month ago

Maybe kitsch, but not so ugly, though

Zoe's Mom
Community Member
1 month ago

Agree; don't understand why this one is listed.

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Paige
Community Member
1 month ago

I would take away the fake balcony at the top and it would be acceptable

Francisco Scaramanga
Community Member
1 month ago

Shiteau :-D

Mare Freed
Community Member
1 month ago

What's wrong with that?

Mike Mischak
Community Member
1 month ago

Compared to the others, not too bad.

John Doe
Community Member
1 month ago

I really don't see anything wrong with it besides it not being a real castle.

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
1 month ago

I don’t see anything wrong with this one.

Jus
Community Member
1 month ago

The prettiest here.

Lisa Florina
Community Member
1 month ago

I like it...

Izuna Kazuki
Community Member
1 month ago

This is beautiful house, nothin' wrong with it

b l a n c
Community Member
2 weeks ago

wait what this is nice, apart from the top castle balcony thing

Richard Cunningham
Community Member
1 month ago

I don’t find what is so wrong with this home? We like it. Very much !

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
1 month ago

A man's house is his castle.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

Two for one sale on the brick.

Anja Schmidt
Community Member
1 month ago

the right part of the wall needs help ... but otherwise ...

Sue Knerl
Community Member
1 month ago

Awww, I like it

Gogamash
Community Member
1 month ago

not that bad

Cheryl Skina
Community Member
1 month ago

Shiteau! Hahaha!!!

Nadine Khazaka
Community Member
1 month ago

My home is my castle.

BeazleBug
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1 month ago

This is just dated.

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#29

When Your First Phone Was A Nokia

When Your First Phone Was A Nokia

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
1 month ago

Snake?

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#30

Aircotecture

Aircotecture

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Bardhi's Dad
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1 month ago

Looks happy

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