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

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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

La La Lynch
Community Member
1 month ago

Not too bad in my opinion.

Mimi Kumar
Community Member
1 month ago

what are those street signs XD

Dynein
Community Member
1 month ago

Standardized European traffic signs. Perfect for a small continent with many small countries and different languages. US Americans might drive for a day and still stay in Texas - Europeans will generally cross one border at LEAST, more likely several, if they do that. Language-based traffic signs would be a hassle - as a German I'd be alright in Austria and Switzerland, but e.g. in France, Denmark, Poland (all of which I've been to, and which have very different languages), I'd be lost. The standardized traffic signs based on colors and shapes solve that issue pretty well.

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HissyFitzz
Community Member
1 month ago

They turned into a school bathroom.

person (i think)
Community Member
1 month ago

At least this one looks like they may have encased the old building in such a way that the new stuff can be removed at some point if someone wanted to invest in renovation.

Harley Hoglin
Community Member
1 month ago

WTF. Cleaned if all that paint the old one would have really been a show piece.

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Now, if it’s no longer a jail, and the new owners wanted to erase what they might see as the jail stigma, I can see why they rid the building of everything that looks like a jail. Does NOT, however, forgive plastering over and flattening all the distinctive and rather attractive outer wall design.

Евгений Тер-Оганесьян
Community Member
1 month ago

Russia

Johanna Mueller
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow these are really sad

im normal
Community Member
1 month ago

this isnt that bad

ANNIKAH MARTINEZ
Community Member
1 month ago

so that...BECAME A LIFELESS WALL

Viv Hart
Community Member
5 days ago

I like the clean lines of the new building, the old one was very fussy.

mermaidgirl960
Community Member
1 month ago

It's a bit hard to compare the two. I like the old build but it looked like it was falling apart. Some things are too hard to simply touch up. Just wish they could have made it less modern...

OTTER
Community Member
1 month ago

At least they didn’t paint it PINK!!!

Loraine MacGinness
Community Member
1 month ago

A coat of paint and some repair would have improved this and retained so much more.

Kimberly Brown
Community Member
1 month ago

It became a prison?

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
1 month ago

I realize that the original needed some TLC, but this is not what it needed...

drewsef mihailovs
Community Member
1 month ago

Is that old brick stained from patina i love it

Kitty Twinkle
Community Member
1 month ago

The first one had a pretty aquamarine-style pattern.

Damsel in the Dark
Community Member
1 month ago

Buildings: Okay... Signs: Nasty!!!

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
1 month ago

So much plaster... t_t

Banjo Peppers
Community Member
1 month ago

BLUE

natie marie
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh no

Stefaan De Clerck
Community Member
1 month ago

First photo where I dislike then more then now. What was that? A green painted prison?

kira griffin
Community Member
1 month ago

honestly, the second one isn't bad, but the first one was still better.

Daniel (ShadowDrakken)
Community Member
1 month ago

This was a seriously needed upgrade. The old was ugly as sin.

Bobby Stahr
Community Member
1 month ago

oooops...someone lost their good sense

Mark Serbian
Community Member
1 month ago

Why?

Carole Deem
Community Member
1 month ago

I am not sure what country this is but I will never willingly go there

Annie Doyle
Community Member
1 month ago

Such a boring color pallet

Pansexual (In theory)
Community Member
1 month ago

"Be careful when crossing the street, the spines are very set on self defense and may try to impale you. In case of this incident occurring, we ask all road crossers to simply step in between the spikes."

Bobby Stahr
Community Member
1 month ago

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idkwhatsmyname
Community Member
1 month ago

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they both look bad

Popcorn Colonel
Community Member
1 month ago

Can't say I agree, the first one was lovely! The second makes me want to time travel just to stop them. Bleh.

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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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