Some buildings will absolutely fascinate you with their stunning designs, genius architectural decisions, and the sheer power of their aesthetics. This article isn’t about these kinds of buildings, however. Nope! Not all buildings are made equal, you see, and the ‘bad’ ones need to be shamed publicly so that others don’t copy their designs. So we’ll be focusing exclusively on just plain terrible architectural decisions.

And the worst of the worst end up on the ‘That’s It, I’m Architecture Shaming’ Facebook group where users mercilessly prod and poke bad design. It’s fun, it’s educational, it’s something cool to scroll through during your next coffee break. 

Remember to upvote your fave photos that you love to hate and be sure to follow the architecture-shaming Facebook group if you like their stuff. They’re a growing community with awesome content.

Bored Panda spoke about what separates good and bad design, the need to democratize the access to quirky private property designs, as well as about the roles that architecture plays with an expert in the field from Sweden who has a background in urban planning. You’ll find our full interview with her below.

#1

I Dunno, Slim Doesn't Seem To Be Digging This Situation

I Dunno, Slim Doesn't Seem To Be Digging This Situation

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Mihai Mara
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1 month ago

Cute :)

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#2

This Pillar Was Straight Last Week. This Is The First Floor Of A Seven-Floor Building

This Pillar Was Straight Last Week. This Is The First Floor Of A Seven-Floor Building

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Oh, dear.

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#3

I Do Not Give A Damn How Well It’s Cantilevered Or How Strong The Struts Are. I Do Not Have The Kind Of Luck It Would Take To Set Foot In This House

I Do Not Give A Damn How Well It’s Cantilevered Or How Strong The Struts Are. I Do Not Have The Kind Of Luck It Would Take To Set Foot In This House

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Oh, hells no! How do you get insurance for that?

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The Sweden-based urban planning expert explained to Bored Panda that while public spaces must meet safety and accessibility standards, aesthetic standards can be much more fluid for buildings. The expert spoke to Bored Panda on the condition that she remain anonymous. (Remember, just because you're an expert in something and want to be helpful doesn't mean that you always like the limelight... unlike quirky architecture which just begs you to look at it!)

“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 said. However, the urban planning expert shared with Bored Panda that, in her personal opinion, our built environments have to engage us, as well as stimulate our minds and senses. In fact, she believes that architecture’s ability to make us think is one of its most powerful aspects.

#4

The Cactus Is *chef’s Kiss

The Cactus Is *chef’s Kiss

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Elsker
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1 month ago

Very, uhm, art deco ;)

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#5

This Is Not Photoshopped

This Is Not Photoshopped

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Was Dr Seuss the architect?

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#6

That Gives Me Anxiety

That Gives Me Anxiety

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soniacccccccccc
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1 month ago

And this, my dear children, is why we learn basic measurements in school

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“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?’”

The urban planner said that we should give people the freedom to express themselves as they wish when it comes to designing their private property. As long as they have the means, nearly everything is allowed, in her opinion.

#7

Opera And Ballet Theatre Of Cheboksary (Russia)

Opera And Ballet Theatre Of Cheboksary (Russia)

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Bottom: slightly photoshopped picture

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The Alpha Geek
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1 month ago

I sense a disturbance in the force.

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#8

A Friend Of Mine Cross-Posted This And It Made Me Think Of Y’all

A Friend Of Mine Cross-Posted This And It Made Me Think Of Y’all

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Fives
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1 month ago

Gandalf?

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#9

I Might Like This If Those Were Slides

I Might Like This If Those Were Slides

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

This is certainly interesting - lots of curves and swirls.

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“Quirky architecture comes from our innate desire to demonstrate our uniqueness. However, not everyone who has the means has an average taste for aesthetics. Yet, as long as it is for the people who inhabit or use their private space, I mean why not?” she told Bored Panda that as long as you’re not actively harming anyone else with how bad your designs are, you should be able to be as unique as you want. Even if it falls short of objective aesthetic standards.

#10

Who Remembers Those Gerbil Enclosures That Look Like This?

Who Remembers Those Gerbil Enclosures That Look Like This?

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Glynna Bowood
Community Member
1 month ago

Where is this?!

H Edwards
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

A reverse image search tells me it's in Brisbane

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Elsker
Community Member
1 month ago

BARBAPAPA wanna live here!

Markus Holstein
Community Member
1 month ago

This looks like something that might grow on your skin after you got bitten by an alien spider

Nicola Roberts
Community Member
1 month ago

Don't the Teletubbies live there?

Coleen
Community Member
1 month ago

Habitrails for humans.

Cookies mum
Community Member
1 month ago

it's not a model, it is real. It is in Ipswich in Queensland, Australia - https://www.realestate.com.au/lifestyle/ipswich-home-built-from-concrete-bubbles/

Hermione
Community Member
1 month ago

Just googled interior photos. Would be like living in the international space station

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Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
1 month ago

It reminds me of the Barbapapa's house...

Danieletc
Community Member
1 month ago

"In fact, eye do live here."

Douglas Turner
Community Member
1 month ago

Habitrail for Humans!

Kosh1k
Community Member
1 month ago

This is kinda awesome! It's an eyeball house!

Suzy the observer
Community Member
1 month ago

Giant eyeballs?

cybermerlin2000
Community Member
1 month ago

Thats ballsy

Happy Daihatsu
Community Member
1 month ago

This is where the Kia hamsters live lol

Max Thompson
Community Member
1 month ago

I like it!

Valisbourne Spiritforge
Community Member
1 month ago

I like it. It doesn't look like a shoe box with windows.

Tracey Hirt
Community Member
1 month ago

It's for sale! https://www.domain.com.au/79-elanora-way-karalee-qld-4306-2016440939

tomruns12
Community Member
1 month ago

Houses like this are actually very efficient.

Billy The Kid
Community Member
1 month ago

Teletubbies

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
1 month ago

Environmental Test site for mission to Mars. . . ?

Lisa Shelton
Community Member
1 month ago

Somebody always wanted to live in a Habitrail

Shull GaRett
Community Member
1 month ago

Mom: Go to the corner and think about your behavior! Kid runs around looking for a corner...

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 month ago

This looks like a model. I can't imagine a builder fabricating those shapes.

tomruns12
Community Member
1 month ago

Its very easy, they use a giant inflatable form then go inside and cover the walls with spray insulation and concrete.

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grotesqueer
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1 month ago

So... Are all the furniture custom made, too?

Diane Crawford
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Do not tell me the building is in China...'0'

Trine Lunde
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Barbapapa!

TexasWoman
Community Member
1 month ago

Who had the balls to make that?

Tina Joubert
Community Member
1 month ago

Feel confused with this one

Lisa Tetlow
Community Member
1 month ago

I see boobs, people.

John Mallett
Community Member
1 month ago

At least the Arcade has balls

Grace Smith
Community Member
1 month ago

I think that could be a cool idea for like a kindergarten or something like that

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
1 month ago

Squeak,squeak

somnomania
Community Member
1 month ago

god those were so hard to clean, i don't miss them, or the a$$hole gerbils

June Dominguez
Community Member
1 month ago

This is really cool! I would sure love to live here!

Joyce Berman
Community Member
1 month ago

Not in my neighborhood please.

Eulalie Grace
Community Member
1 month ago

It looks like it's looking at you from several directions

MAKtheknife
Community Member
1 month ago

Well, something a little different

Carolyn Legg
Community Member
1 month ago

Hans Solo's space ship landed

Laura Schiller
Community Member
1 month ago

HabiTrails, right?

Gilda Farrell
Community Member
1 month ago

This would be so much more fun than the boring straight up and down of a regular house.

Susan Moore
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1 month ago

I kinda sorta maybe like this.

Sue Clasen
Community Member
1 month ago

For some reason this reminds me of the picture Dumbo.

ᎿᏂᏋ ᏰiᎶ ᏣᏂᏋᏋᎦᏋ
Community Member
1 month ago

id live there

Leda Zwaan
Community Member
1 month ago

Fun!

Roberto Durante
Community Member
1 month ago

love it, when did it take off

Brie Sansotta
Community Member
1 month ago

Model for a Mars colony

Roshan Kassan
Community Member
1 month ago

Why does this remind me of a disney cartoon??

Stephen Solar
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1 month ago

Is it just me or are those sections just stylised breasts?

Chloe Ross
Community Member
1 month ago

Breast fetish

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
1 month ago

I like it

23AClark
Community Member
1 month ago

Ummmmm.....

Veda Charrow
Community Member
1 month ago

Does someone actually live here?

Elizabeth Gardner
Community Member
1 month ago

This looks like something out of a theme park.

Snuggle_Duck🦆
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1 month ago

Is this where the Kia Soul Hamsters live?

Philly Bob Squires
Community Member
1 month ago

Habitrail

Rosa Perry
Community Member
1 month ago

http://birchall.com.au/portfolio/bubble-house/

Geordie Insomniac
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I like it. 'Space Station 2021'!!

Edie Bellocchio
Community Member
1 month ago

Definitely a rat, gerbil or hamster house

Rosa Perry
Community Member
1 month ago

It's real. http://birchall.com.au/portfolio/bubble-house/

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AR
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1 month ago

That’s awesome

Mae Mosse
Community Member
1 month ago

It’s got windows from either a B52 bomber or the Millienium Falcon

Ivy Stockstill
Community Member
1 month ago

I see boobies.

Lauretta Riddle
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like something from Ghost in the Shell - a bunch of Tochikomas put together

Thomas Es Thomas
Community Member
1 month ago

It's a hydrocarbon molecule.

Miss Cris
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Are there windows?

Patty Leaton
Community Member
1 month ago

boob house

Nino Reisen
Community Member
1 month ago

Now that's a true eyesore

Ayden Henderson
Community Member
1 month ago

oh my god i used to hate those

Willowanne
Community Member
1 month ago

I want one

Catherine Brady
Community Member
1 month ago

Wonder what the garage looks like?

Catherine Brady
Community Member
1 month ago

Another construction nightmare.

Verena Abt
Community Member
1 month ago

Tele Tubbies!

Alex Hamilton
Community Member
1 month ago

as far as I am concerned, jury's out.

Hugo A-niro
Community Member
1 month ago

Actually liked it the more I looked at it

Nika Strokappe
Community Member
1 month ago

Barbapapa...

Darla Hitchcock
Community Member
1 month ago

Totally a Gerbiltown!

Elvira Kreft
Community Member
1 month ago

Barbapapa,s house

Lisa Bateman
Community Member
1 month ago

I love it!

Jo Chrisco
Community Member
1 month ago

This is what happens when you; bring your 4 year old to work and give her crayons, and blueprint paper

Logically Reasonable
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks more like an alien bug laid eggs.

Marie-Elen LaPerrière (Nemesis)
Community Member
1 month ago

I love it :o

Mike Loux
Community Member
1 month ago

Boy, Tatooine got terraformed in recent memory.

Samantha Bing
Community Member
1 month ago

Eyeballs and boobs - that's what I see

Oscar Goytia
Community Member
1 month ago

It looks like Frieza's army ship

Sagtiya Sieelan
Community Member
1 month ago

This is unique too.. i like this kind of weird houses...

Mz Phit
Community Member
1 month ago

Habitrail mouse/hamster cage system ! I had a bunch of them in the 70's when I was a kid! They all connected- but my mice loved their little sky perch the best.

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
1 month ago

Kinda difficult to hang wallpaper.

SumoNinja
Community Member
1 month ago

The Millennium Falcon with the mumps

Manny_Flawz
Community Member
1 month ago

Does a Breast Doctor live there ?

Kelzbelz79
Community Member
1 month ago

Love it!!.

Nat Hedley
Community Member
1 month ago

It looks sentient.

Hollysmom
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1 month ago

Why???

ERIN W.
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1 month ago

I DO!

Helene Cvfgrt
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1 month ago

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Frances Petendra
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1 month ago

The jetsons live there

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#11

This Looks Like A Place A Villain Would Live

This Looks Like A Place A Villain Would Live

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Fives
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1 month ago

Is it bad that i like it?

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#12

I’ll Meet Your Brutalism, And Raise You This

I’ll Meet Your Brutalism, And Raise You This

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Glynna Bowood
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1 month ago

Words fail me...

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However, the expert acknowledged that others in the industry might not see things the way that she does. Others, she said, believe that private property must be in harmony with the surroundings.

“But, I think that we should not cross that thin line where architecture becomes reserved for only the wealthy and for those with ‘good taste’ (whoever decides that). I’m only talking about private property here, though. When it comes to public space, there should be a consensus between the public and the professional about the design,” she said that the rules for the private and public spheres are very different.

#13

Um... What Is This?

Um... What Is This?

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Hannah Edwards
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1 month ago

I like it.

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#14

Art Nouveau On Psychedelics

Art Nouveau On Psychedelics

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Autumn
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1 month ago

The little one looks like it's wearing sunglasses

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#15

I Wonder Who Thought This Would Be A Good Idea

I Wonder Who Thought This Would Be A Good Idea

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Furst Läst
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1 month ago

Makes for a good shell-ter.

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The urban planning expert also had some advice when it comes to design. “Firstly, even though I often advocate for unconventionally looking buildings, I do not encourage purposefully provocative architecture. The building should be designed with the intention to accommodate and protect society. It should create a sense of safety but not be boring,” she told Bored Panda that we ought to strike a balance between uniqueness and service, expression and community.

#16

“Sharkitecture”

“Sharkitecture”

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Prilsy
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1 month ago

Inspired by Sharknado?

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#17

Can We All Just Take A Moment And Acknowledge That Prince Produced Some Great Music, But He Lived In A Water Treatment Station

Can We All Just Take A Moment And Acknowledge That Prince Produced Some Great Music, But He Lived In A Water Treatment Station

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Glynna Bowood
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1 month ago

I had heard he lived at his production studios, now I understand.

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#18

The “Snail House” In Bulgaria Actually Does Look Like A Snail

The “Snail House” In Bulgaria Actually Does Look Like A Snail

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

This is definitely full of whimsy.

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What’s more, the expert from Sweden pointed out that accessibility, inclusiveness, and empowerment should also be key features of any architectural project. “Also, I prefer somewhat complex but systemic designs. Minimalistic and box like floor plans are good in some cases where easy access is necessary (for example, hospitals) yet they can be completely mind-numbing while more complex floor plan designs are more mind-stimulating (for example, good for schools, in my opinion).”

#19

Toilet-Shaped House (Named Haewoojae), Built By Sim Jae-Duck, The Chairman Of The Organizing Committee Of The Inaugural General Assembly Of The World Toilet Association

Toilet-Shaped House (Named Haewoojae), Built By Sim Jae-Duck, The Chairman Of The Organizing Committee Of The Inaugural General Assembly Of The World Toilet Association

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

I would not be wanting to live in a crapper.

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#20

Interesting Concept

Interesting Concept

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Fives
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1 month ago

Literally a house on wheels.

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#21

A House I Used To Drive Past In A Little Iowa Town. All I Ever Heard From Locals Was That This Place Had A Terrible Leaking Problem When It Rained

A House I Used To Drive Past In A Little Iowa Town. All I Ever Heard From Locals Was That This Place Had A Terrible Leaking Problem When It Rained

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Donkey boi
Community Member
1 month ago

I think you got the wrong place, Giza. You might be in de-Nile about it, check with your mummy. Carrying these puns is hurting my back, I'd best go see a Cairo-practor.

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At the time of writing, the ‘That’s It, I’m Architecture Shaming’ community had 64.1k members. However, it’s growing so rapidly, that by the time you’re reading this, dear Pandas, that number could be much, much higher. Just in the last week alone, the group grew by over 7.3k members. And they’ve made upwards of a thousand posts in the last month.

#22

They Drew The Line At A Fountain In The Kitchen

They Drew The Line At A Fountain In The Kitchen

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Dave In MD
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1 month ago

Pretty ballsy design.

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#23

You Too Can Have Your Own White Castle

You Too Can Have Your Own White Castle

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

That looks like a Lego castle.

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#24

I Will Haunt Your Dreams! Residential Building In Belgium

I Will Haunt Your Dreams! Residential Building In Belgium

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

It looks like Munch's 'The Scream' in building form.

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Because of this fast growth and the issues that came with it, the administrator of the ‘Architecture Shaming’ group, Oregon-based Matthew Brühn, addressed the community and the changes that took place in April. In short, the rules are much more structured now.

#25

I Think Syndrome From The Incredibles Lived Here

I Think Syndrome From The Incredibles Lived Here

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Jessica Shookhoff
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1 month ago

Finally! A building big enough for my clone army!!!

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#26

Bangkok's Elephant Building. The Tusks Are A Bowling Alley In My Imagination

Bangkok's Elephant Building. The Tusks Are A Bowling Alley In My Imagination

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Ara
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1 month ago

Why?

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#27

Why?

Why?

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Mihai Mara
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1 month ago

"Room with gorgeous view of the landscape"

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Matthew pointed out that the admins have been getting tired of the “massive influx of negativity” that came with more and more members joining the community. While the admin expressed his admiration for how wonderful many members are, he also noted that the group will start filtering out overly-aggressive posts.

#28

Saw This On A Walk Today. A Table Lamp, In A Glass Box, Hanging From The Roof Of A Carport

Saw This On A Walk Today. A Table Lamp, In A Glass Box, Hanging From The Roof Of A Carport

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Simon Levene
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1 month ago

OK, that's weird

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#29

This Is Plane Awesome

This Is Plane Awesome

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

Please desist. You are punishing me.

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#30

Spotted This Gem In Tel Aviv

Spotted This Gem In Tel Aviv

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Glynna Bowood
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1 month ago

a fan of Gaudi

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“Don’t take it personally; we’re just trying to create an atmosphere where we can all have fun and be kind. There’s now the equivalent of a small city of us all here now, so that will be more difficult,” Matthew pointed out. He added that mentions of politics and religion will be deleted while all potential new members have to answer some questions before they get in. Which, at the end of the day, leads to a friendlier and happier community that, we're sure, plenty of you Pandas will want to join.

#31

Kind Of Reminds Me Of A Church (Granted, A Strange One) But It’s Actually A House With A 6,000 Sq. Ft. Garage… And Its Own Car Wash

Kind Of Reminds Me Of A Church (Granted, A Strange One) But It’s Actually A House With A 6,000 Sq. Ft. Garage… And Its Own Car Wash

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Nigel Rodgers
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1 month ago

Dwarf lighthouse

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#32

Surrealist Neighborhood

Surrealist Neighborhood

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Glynna Bowood
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1 month ago

Obviously the stairway to heaven...but still under construction.

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#33

Forbidden Waffle In Santiago

Forbidden Waffle In Santiago

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Grumble O'Pug
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1 month ago

Fun design choice for earthquake country.

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#34

This Building Has My City In A Uproar

This Building Has My City In A Uproar

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Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 month ago

Rightly so

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#35

Please Don't Take It Too Seriously, Just A Surprised House

Please Don't Take It Too Seriously, Just A Surprised House

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Fives
Community Member
1 month ago

It sees you.

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#36

This Place Is All Curb Appeal

This Place Is All Curb Appeal

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

This Pie house is certainly making the Bored Panda rounds.

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#37

The Glorious Flower Of Communist Brutalism That Is The Former Central Post Office In Skopje, Macedonia. Some People Want It Preserved

The Glorious Flower Of Communist Brutalism That Is The Former Central Post Office In Skopje, Macedonia. Some People Want It Preserved

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King Joffrey
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1 month ago

Definitely preserve it! Might not be pretty but it certainly is unique and a sign of the times.

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#38

Just

Just

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

And, now for something completely unexpected...

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#39

I’ve Been Looking At Homes Trying To Get Ideas For When We Move In A Few Years And I Came Across A House That Was Perfect In Every Way Except One

I’ve Been Looking At Homes Trying To Get Ideas For When We Move In A Few Years And I Came Across A House That Was Perfect In Every Way Except One

What in the ever living fudge is this - one pass thru is ‘eh, but this one has three-at different levels plus the added detriment of the worlds worst architectural detailing around it. Please someone else tell me that you hate this as much as I do. I know it’s probably more interior design but it’s just so ugly.

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Hannah Edwards
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1 month ago

It would have been nice to just have it open plan instead of that weird floating fireplace.

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#40

Car Dealership Trying For More Of A Classy Look!

Car Dealership Trying For More Of A Classy Look!

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

It looks more like a funeral home.

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