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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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)

Top: original picture
Bottom: slightly photoshopped picture

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The Alpha Geek
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2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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
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2 months ago

Where is this?!

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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
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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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2 months ago

I like it.

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#14

Art Nouveau On Psychedelics

Art Nouveau On Psychedelics

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Autumn
Community Member
2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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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2 months 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
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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
2 months 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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2 months 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
Community Member
2 months ago

Why?

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#27

Why?

Why?

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Mihai Mara
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months ago

a fan of Gaudi

Red rockin lobster
Community Member
2 months ago

Gaudi from Aliexpress

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sofacushionfort
Community Member
2 months ago

I usually cut those up so they don't entangle sea animals

Samantha Bing
Community Member
2 months ago

yes!

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Gosia Buczek
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks melted 😁

LeighAnne Brown-Pedersen
Community Member
2 months ago

Was it bombed?

Autumn
Community Member
2 months ago

I can't tell if this is intentional or not

Wendy Dyson
Community Member
2 months ago

Hit by a bomb?

Pandora Edmundson
Community Member
2 months ago

That is what's left after the bomb

Pangolin Pal
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh for God's sake, that is just hideous.

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like it was patched after being hit by mortars.

Gary
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like the front melted in the sun.

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
2 months ago

Well, that’s ONE use for a couple enormous white plastic six-pack rings and about 30 huge nails.

Billy The Kid
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like someone has spewed all over it

Carolyn Legg
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like bad teeth!

Annie
Community Member
2 months ago

Eww

Sabine Rihtere
Community Member
2 months ago

It looks like after war

Jane Don
Community Member
2 months ago

A bombed out Building?

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
2 months ago

Well, it probably wouldn't be a target for bombing. . .?

Christine Didier
Community Member
2 months ago

Is it melting???

June Galloway
Community Member
2 months ago

I would be so depressed to live in this house or apartment or whatever

23AClark
Community Member
2 months ago

WTH!

Stan Chung
Community Member
2 months ago

War torn city style

Geordie Insomniac
Community Member
2 months ago

"It was so hot, our balconies melted!"

AR
Community Member
2 months ago

Beautiful

King Joffrey
Community Member
2 months ago

Clearly inspired by Gaudi...

Hugh Walter
Community Member
1 week ago

Fake Gaudi bolted to a mediocre block . . .

Lisa Tetlow
Community Member
2 months ago

Angry or melting?

June Dominguez
Community Member
2 months ago

What is that rubber thingy, a building condom for ugly buildings?

C.S. E.
Community Member
2 months ago

I wonder if the intent was to look like eroding sand - like if the building were built, covered by a sand dune, then the sand blowing away. Then the money only allowed for the façade.

Artist Known As Lisa
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm mellllltiiiiinngg

Jan Prescott
Community Member
2 months ago

It's melting! What a world!

Elizabeth Gardner
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Is it finished? Does that front bit peel off to reveal the facade? I do not feel well looking at it.

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
2 months ago

It's meeelting!

Elizabeth
Community Member
2 months ago

It reminds me of Gaudi's Architecture from Barcelona.

elfin
Community Member
2 months ago

Is it supposed to look like that or did it melt in the sun?

Mae Mosse
Community Member
2 months ago

Armour plating

Doris Bennett
Community Member
2 months ago

Awful!

Ivy Stockstill
Community Member
2 months ago

Not the finest example.

Micah Pettit
Community Member
2 months ago

You know it's hot when the buildings are melting.

Patty Leaton
Community Member
2 months ago

clay house

Christine Speers
Community Member
2 months ago

been hit by too many shells and the front's melted!

Ivor Smith
Community Member
2 months ago

the card board got wet.

Louise Stange-Wahl
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like they used those plastic thingies to hold six cans together.

Richard McArthur
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like the bomb went off prematurely.

Alex Hamilton
Community Member
2 months ago

That was the local Aldi until the Palestinians got at it

The Deez
Community Member
2 months ago

It looks like it's melting! LOL!

Catherine Brady
Community Member
2 months ago

Is it an abstract on a bombed out building?

Molly Block
Community Member
2 months ago

Why are some boarded up?

Hugo A-niro
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow maybe it's a reminder of a war?

Miss Melanie
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like melted plastic

Fives
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes i will take a 16 pack of building thank you.

Logically Reasonable
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like somebody used a huge can of silly string on it

Lisa Shelton
Community Member
2 months ago

looks like melted duct tape

bastillee
Community Member
2 months ago

Mazel Tov!

Breanne Jewell-Coish
Community Member
2 months ago

The front looks like its slowly melting and peeling away, lol!

Jane Alexander
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Inspired by those plastic rings things on a six pack of soda cans.

Paloma Valenzuela
Community Member
2 months ago

I like it... Gaudi's vibes

Kelzbelz79
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks a bit like melted plastic.

Hollysmom
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like it's falling apart

Leodavinci
Community Member
2 months ago

Is it just me or does it look like a building that had part of it blown off?

Spring Fisk
Community Member
2 months ago

makes my skin crawl, trypophobia

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
2 months ago

It melted.

Al Christensen
Community Member
2 months ago

I like it.

austin Broom
Community Member
2 months ago

looks like gaudi

Ragnhild Nilsen
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Looks like the front melted off in a terrible nuclear accident

(JIMMMY)
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like it was inspired by the flinstones

Valisbourne Spiritforge
Community Member
2 months ago

I love the balcony decoration. The rest of the building looks a bit bland, but that facade is nice.

Kevin Camp
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like a nicer version of a building in Syria that's been bombed out.

Mariya Chuchman
Community Member
2 months ago

This is from Tel Aviv, Israel

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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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2 months ago

Dwarf lighthouse

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#32

Surrealist Neighborhood

Surrealist Neighborhood

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Glynna Bowood
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2 months 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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2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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
Community Member
2 months ago

It looks more like a funeral home.

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