Beauty is subjective, beauty is in the eye of the beholder—most of us were taught to never judge a book by its cover. Or, more simply put, to not be superficial. However, scientists argue that aesthetic appreciation of beauty is hard-wired into our brains—we can't escape it. Subconsciously or consciously, we all like to look at beautiful creatures, be it an animal, or a building.

Therefore, some people that are more leaning towards traditional architecture are worried that the notion of beauty in buildings is fading away. As cities all over the world are experiencing globalization, the newly designed buildings can sometimes look awfully alike, even if they were built thousands of miles apart. We're all familiar with the glass boxes in the prestigious areas of cities, that, according to some, are lacking that certain kind of charm, or je ne sais quoi, that makes them unique in their own way. But before we get all judgy, we want to let you decide what you think of these building renovations. Bored Panda has made you a list of before and after pictures of some buildings around the world that were renovated in a way that didn't sit right with some people. Do they look good to you? Scroll down below to see them all and tell us your opinion!

#1

Tangopaso Report

MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
1 month ago

it looks stupid

Darwinist
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like a big shiny waste of money.

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Felix Feline
Community Member
1 month ago

Millions of Euros to cover the building with mirrors and steel. How many birds are killed each year by this?

Marcellus the Third
Community Member
1 month ago

The roof also got lowered, it seems, so my guess is it actually burned down? No idea where this is.

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Mimi Kumar
Community Member
1 month ago

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING

Night Owl
Community Member
1 month ago

Uglier and very bad for birds

COcO BAMa
Community Member
1 month ago

They wonder why birds hit galss

suzanne werbiski
Community Member
1 month ago

That's exactly my thoughts

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Marcia Cash
Community Member
1 month ago

birds will crash into those mirror wall, what a tragedy

EA
Community Member
1 month ago

RIP to all the birds who will now die from flying into this idiotic excuse for a house :(

Debbie
Community Member
1 month ago

Exactly my first thought.

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

This is Château de Rentilly, France. "All the buildings on the estate were converted into spaces for art." (https://www.visitparisregion.com/en/parc-culturel-de-rentilly-michel-chartier), and here is a videofrom the inauguration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWFj_EDpyFg

Vincent Philippart
Community Member
1 month ago

F**k modern art invading actual art. They can't make anything pretty, so they invade pretty things.

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Melissa Wong
Community Member
1 month ago

No!!!! This physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually pained me.

ML
Community Member
1 month ago

Even the water looks uglier

Junior Cucumber
Community Member
1 month ago

It's hideous!

Julie
Community Member
1 month ago

I like it.

tilly kate
Community Member
1 month ago

lol, where'd the house go??!

La La Lynch
Community Member
1 month ago

Why!!???

googlygoogly
Community Member
1 month ago

They turned it into an art museum. See Monika Saffron’s comment below.

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Obi Wan Kenobi
Community Member
1 month ago

It didn't need renovation!

Vanta Black
Community Member
1 month ago

Excuse me while I throw some stones.

Debi-Nikita Rentzke
Community Member
1 month ago

When can I move in..I love it.

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
1 month ago

They destroyed it completely! :P

kjorn
Community Member
1 month ago

if they like it... not my taste... but again. we don't have the same taste

Octavia Hansen
Community Member
1 month ago

What happened? Is the original building gone? Is it covered with mirrors? Instead of a gardener you'll need a full time window cleaner. Opening a window destroys the design but how can you ruin a mess?

pansexualandproud
Community Member
1 month ago

why...just why...

Harley Hoglin
Community Member
1 month ago

Fail.

Jeff Requier
Community Member
1 month ago

Predators house

Viv Hart
Community Member
1 week ago

Huh?

Fieke Engelen
Community Member
4 weeks ago

I think it is a 'green house' to match it's surroundings. It might have some very interesting plants inside. Don't judge a book by it's cover??

*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
Community Member
1 month ago

I like it , but... The original looks so much better.

Yibo Wang
Community Member
1 month ago

Where did it go?

Mae Mosse
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like something I’d do in The Sims4 😄

A Dumbo Octopus
Community Member
1 month ago

metal? sure, why not. MIRRORS?! You've crossed a line

Kim Lorton
Community Member
1 month ago

Ugh...

mermaidgirl960
Community Member
1 month ago

Aww, the older one was so much prettier! If you're going to renovate, at least make it look similar to the old one, this just looks like they tore it down built a new house!

Ananda
Community Member
1 month ago

It's brilliant. The mirrored facade draws the attention to the very thing we cannot live without; our most precious world.

okpkpkp
Community Member
1 month ago

hurts my eyes

Christina Morgan
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

this looks horrendous its blinding

Paula Carr
Community Member
1 month ago

Why?

Philly Bob Squires
Community Member
1 month ago

Eww!

Rad Dot
Community Member
1 month ago

So sad .

OTTER
Community Member
1 month ago

And to think someone was paid for that VOID As the song goes, “Money for nothing...”. What a shame

Loraine MacGinness
Community Member
1 month ago

Who in their right mind thought this was an improvement ??

Kimberly Brown
Community Member
1 month ago

Should have finished it off with mirrors on the roof & make this fully “cloaked” (so we can’t see it)

Ed Martin
Community Member
1 month ago

Not one on this whole lot was an improvement. Most of them accomplished just the opposite of what they wanted to do. Sad!

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
1 month ago

It looks like if the sun hit it just right, it would start fires of the grass and trees.

Steve Cruz
Community Member
1 month ago

Is it covered with mirrors or camoflauge?

Lisa Larson
Community Member
1 month ago

What the hell did they do to that beautiful house?

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh why!?!? It was beautiful before this reno...This is horrible...

Cordi Schmidt
Community Member
1 month ago

Just...why...

Kitty Twinkle
Community Member
1 month ago

Imagine living in something like that

Bama Belle
Community Member
1 month ago

It was bland before. Now it's just odd.

Shull GaRett
Community Member
1 month ago

That is definitely worse...

Emilie Wallet
Community Member
1 month ago

It's actually a beautiful cultural center now. Appreciate by a lot in the community

Dalene Weiss
Community Member
1 month ago

dont like this at all

Damsel in the Dark
Community Member
1 month ago

Before: Wow! That looks so good!!! After: That's crap, bro.

Radek Suski
Community Member
1 month ago

Poor birds

Vorknkx
Community Member
1 month ago

Reminds me of "modern" remakes of retro games. "Modern" as in "just slap reflections and glare all over the place, so that it looks like it has grease smeared all over."

Emir
Community Member
1 month ago

What

Doubleheader
Community Member
1 month ago

Wonder Woman's house.

Sent From The Slytherin House
Community Member
1 month ago

My first reaction: ew

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 month ago

Think of the bird strikes on this monstrosity.

Matthew Smith
Community Member
1 month ago

Eyesore now!

Alla
Community Member
1 month ago

My eyes hurt from looking at it

Samantha Lomb
Community Member
1 month ago

I am shocked this made it past any sort of planning and zoning committee

im normal
Community Member
1 month ago

why did they change it???? It was so nice looking

Rob Chapman
Community Member
1 month ago

Why????

Henny Hana
Community Member
1 month ago

Hmm? I don't see any building🤷

mande.be
Community Member
1 month ago

This is not for the worst, it is for the absolute best. Myself would do a roof, too

Marco Conti
Community Member
1 month ago

The original wasn't exactly beautiful, but the redesign is positively horrific.

jevais
Community Member
1 month ago

What happened?

Jaybird3939
Community Member
1 month ago

Were they trying to make it invisible?

serge
Community Member
1 month ago

Please rip my eyes out....

HissyFitzz
Community Member
1 month ago

I think its unique. I just feel bad all those birds.

Kim
Community Member
1 month ago

Ooh I love this!

GFSTaylor
Community Member
1 month ago

I like it. I rather liked the original design too, which has nice proportions but is a tad bland.

Transat
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm not yet sure if I like it, but I agree that the original was not that special either

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Bunzilla
Community Member
1 month ago

But Why

mph seti
Community Member
1 month ago

Mirror cladding would only look cool in an ultra-modern minimalist or maybe Brutalist style building...Even then, not the best idea and it'd suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck to keep clean.

Among Us
Community Member
1 month ago

Ok seriously?

ArhomR
Community Member
1 month ago

What’s the point?

ANNIKAH MARTINEZ
Community Member
1 month ago

that...is ugly as HELL

Rachel Arteiro
Community Member
1 month ago

Why?????

Aahzmandus Pervect
Community Member
1 month ago

Appaling.

Aunt Messy
Community Member
1 month ago

Love that.

Bobby Stahr
Community Member
1 month ago

Like it as well...was a tad boring...well fixed

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Katya Kong
Community Member
1 month ago

WHY DID U CHANGE IT WHYYYYY

Stefaan De Clerck
Community Member
1 month ago

This should be illegal. This is not a renovation - it's an abomination.

Carolyn Legg
Community Member
1 month ago

wHAT A WASTE!

Anna Kożdoń
Community Member
1 month ago

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Looks like Melania renovated it.

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#2

Szawel Sauliazauras Report

Mimi Kumar
Community Member
1 month ago

Where did all the windows go

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#3

Trad_West_Arch Report

Mimi Kumar
Community Member
1 month ago

Ah nooo, the first one was so pretty

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#4

Szawel Sauliazauras Report

idkwhatsmyname
Community Member
1 month ago

UGLY COLOR PALATTE

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#5

L'évolution du patrimoine bâti Report

Tabernus
Community Member
1 month ago

This is unforgivable

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#6

Szawel Sauliazauras Report

Samantha Lomb
Community Member
1 month ago

Also Russia, but this cladding just clips on so it could be removed and the oдвук building is still under there

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#7

Western_Trad Report

Tabernus
Community Member
1 month ago

Birmingham central library .... There's a reason the style is called 'brutalist'

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#8

Branko Milošević Report

GeoSushi
Community Member
1 month ago

WHY!!!

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#9

City of Toronto Archives Report

leafy_tree
Community Member
1 month ago

wow, so spiky

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#10

architectural.revival Report

Popcorn Colonel
Community Member
1 month ago

OMG! The first pic was really cute! Why would ANYONE do such a thing?

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#11

Arch_Revival_ Report

ShawtyCantComeToThePhone
Community Member
1 month ago

hey janice let's replace this beautiful building with a yellow block

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#12

Trad_West_Arch Report

leafy_tree
Community Member
1 month ago

nooo....they ruined the historical atmosphere

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#13

jordiaeiou Report

ShawtyCantComeToThePhone
Community Member
1 month ago

What the heck am i looking at

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#14

skyscrapercity Report

Bobby Stahr
Community Member
1 month ago

Sigh

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#15

skyscrapercity Report

Becklass
Community Member
1 month ago

It’s like the lovely old building had been eaten by an ugly one.

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#16

MrDiegolito Report

Monika Rhodes
Community Member
1 month ago

Idk, I kind of like the NOW better.

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#17

architectural.revival Report

Mimi Kumar
Community Member
1 month ago

The roof of the right building is completely lopsided

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#18

L'évolution du patrimoine bâti Report

H Edwards
Community Member
1 month ago

I like this, doesn't detract from the other houses.

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#19

L'évolution du patrimoine bâti Report

H Edwards
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't mind this one, in fact I think it's an improvement. The original building isn't anything special.

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#20

skyscrapercity Report

ArhomR
Community Member
1 month ago

Prison block.

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#21

L'évolution du patrimoine bâti et des paysages au Québec Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

X marks the spot. This is Monteal.

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#22

architectural.revival Report

H Edwards
Community Member
1 month ago

Nobody would tear down an original Tudor building these days, thankfully.

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