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 year ago

it looks stupid

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#2

Szawel Sauliazauras Report

Mimi Kumar
Community Member
1 year ago

Where did all the windows go

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#3

Trad_West_Arch Report

Mimi Kumar
Community Member
1 year ago

Ah nooo, the first one was so pretty

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#4

Szawel Sauliazauras Report

idkwhatsmyname
Community Member
1 year ago

UGLY COLOR PALATTE

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#5

L'évolution du patrimoine bâti Report

Tabernus
Community Member
1 year ago

This is unforgivable

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#6

Szawel Sauliazauras Report

Samantha Lomb
Community Member
1 year 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 year 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 year ago

WHY!!!

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#9

City of Toronto Archives Report

leafy_tree
Community Member
1 year ago

wow, so spiky

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#10

architectural.revival Report

Popcorn Colonel
Community Member
1 year 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 year 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 year ago

nooo....they ruined the historical atmosphere

Felicity Lemon
Community Member
1 year ago

They did but the new building looks good too. I like the artistic style

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HissyFitzz
Community Member
1 year ago

I uh.. kinda like it. Not better than the original I just think it looks real cool.

Kendra Miller
Community Member
1 year ago

I love the old one, and in a different location, I'd like the new one. I think it's weird and interesting

Melissa Meaux
Community Member
1 year ago

That's atrocious

Whizzle Pop
Community Member
1 year ago

The new one is a superb piece of post-modernist architecture, and it is now actually PROTECTED by law in the UK system. Not only that, but it's listed as II*, which places it in the top 8 percent of all protected buildings in England. You can read about why it is special here- https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1428881

Valerie Page
Community Member
1 year ago

Thank you so much for this link. I'm now looking through new eyes. Lovely building gone but it was only a shop after all and the words "safety regulations" hit a chord. We like safety ... and toilets! I'll go and have a look at it when this pandemic dies down.

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Curry on...
Community Member
1 year ago

The new one isn't so bad, but they should have built it on a vacant lot and left the old one standing.

Tina Hugh
Community Member
1 year ago

It looks cool

Raven
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

hey lets replace this beautiful victorian-esque building with a fricking train

JD Lee
Community Member
1 year ago

I’m waiting for Beetlejuice to jump out of the clock tower.

Wyndmere
Community Member
1 year ago

No no no! ... No.

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 year ago

All that wonderful design flattened out and totally f****d up by some idiot with zero taste or regard for historical architecture.

Torchicachu
Community Member
1 year ago

tbh i like both. i hate they tore the old one down but if they built that new building somewhere else and not over a pretty thing then i wouldnt mind it at all

Shmoopaloop
Community Member
1 year ago

The new one looks like a retro spaceship

Petra Schaap
Community Member
1 year ago

lol. So weird its kinda fun.

KJ FM
Community Member
1 year ago

The new building is now Grade 2 listed (for non-UK residents, it broadly means it can't be demolished, or its exterior looks changed without a legal battle).

ArhomR
Community Member
1 year ago

Not very refined looking.

pansexualandproud
Community Member
1 year ago

it looks.....confusing

manon M
Community Member
1 year ago

que c'est moche

Sue Knerl
Community Member
1 month ago

Nope

Lisa Whipp Myhre
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like a submarine.

klatula
Community Member
1 month ago

why are people willing to change from historical to concrete and glass and on my gosh the pure ugliness of the new structure...

OmMarol
Community Member
1 month ago

this doesn't look so bad. I mean, in a sense I get the thing about preserving buildings, but at the same time we don't know how they are inside, and maybe they really need the renovation.

Vaida Kuodytė
Community Member
1 month ago

That's kind of interesting in its own way, but the old one was better.

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
1 year ago

They turned it into a cheesy bootleg totem pole.

Viv Hart
Community Member
1 year ago

When I travelled overseas for the first time in 1968, I loved London's lovely Victorian buildings, I wouldn't like to go there today.

The Coated Dev
Community Member
1 year ago

The 2nd one looks better but the 1st one is more classy

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

I would love this if they hadn't sacrificed a gorgeous building for it

Yibo Wang
Community Member
1 year ago

so they turned a beautifull building into a....eeer I cant even describe this thing...

Onion rings like to make your breath smelly
Community Member
1 year ago

it looks something like that boat thing on amulet :(

Viki Banaszak
Community Member
1 year ago

On it's own, the new building isn't bad looking, but put it in it's own place. Not as a replacement for such beautiful old architecture.

mermaidgirl960
Community Member
1 year ago

Although the old building looked beautiful, I actually really love this style! Most modern builds I see are boring but the stripes and different shapes really give it a whimsical style. I'm glad they kept the same shape.

Sandy Feuerbacher
Community Member
1 year ago

Reminds me of the Titanic - shouldn't there be a COUPLE up top- with their arms out-stretched?!?!!!

Christina Morgan
Community Member
1 year ago

it looks like a cruise ship

Barbara Vandewalle
Community Member
1 year ago

architects want the world to see how clever they are, they show how they do not value the uniqueness of the buildings

OTTER
Community Member
1 year ago

Old world character vs New world brain on drugs

Loraine MacGinness
Community Member
1 year ago

Awful and the amount of electricity now needed to light the inside ??

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
1 year ago

That just looks stupid.

Doris Culverhouse
Community Member
1 year ago

I like this

Paloma Vita
Community Member
1 year ago

Talk about a fugly building... yikes!

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
1 year ago

*squints* what

Maureen Peters
Community Member
1 year ago

I like the old. Is the new one for homeless aliens of Mars?

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
1 year ago

Really!?!?!? What the hell were they thinking!?!?!?

Pacifico Fernandez
Community Member
1 year ago

the new one is kind of cool

Michelle Thornton
Community Member
1 year ago

That’s just wrong! 🤬

Ger Tus
Community Member
1 year ago

That is what is called architects on acid

Spankathon
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm sure this is 1 Poultry in London and has a restaurant at the top from which at least 2 or 3 people have committed suicide from. It does look quite expensive though.

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
1 year ago

This is why i think the "Freedom Ship" will be an architectural nightmare.

Sent From The Slytherin House
Community Member
1 year ago

Nuh uh, gurl.

Matthew Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

That is near "Bank" junction I miss the old building.

Kim
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

They made it better imo. Old buildings are beautiful but they kinda look all the same. Boring. We need something new.

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
1 year ago

So now we have a boat?

Regina De Vries-Doyen
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh nooooo

kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

Dr. Seuss building it seem to be

Hanna Yan
Community Member
1 year ago

How...modern.

Cathy Hinz
Community Member
1 year ago

You can not call it renovation when you destroy something!

Laana
Community Member
1 year ago

This is the ugliest one!

Rob Chapman
Community Member
1 year ago

Is that hideous new building supposed to look like a ship?

Annie
Community Member
1 year ago

This once beautiful building needs a do-over to the past.

Roisin Reid
Community Member
1 year ago

This is near bank in london

Geraldine Young
Community Member
1 year ago

No no no no no!

Marco Conti
Community Member
1 year ago

"George, we need to remodel this stately old building that stood in place for 100 years. Any ideas?" "Sure Barry, I binged on old Flash Gordon TV special on Netflix this weekend, let me grab my doodles."

Octavia Hansen
Community Member
1 year ago

This is probably great as long as you NEVER take your eyes off the pavement. Can anyone actually walk the plank at the top? I'd pay for that!

H Edwards
Community Member
1 year ago

How did I live in London for 4 years without seeing this fugly building?

ArhomR
Community Member
1 year ago

Luck.

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow, how did they make something so beautiful so ugly

Ashley Conover
Community Member
1 year ago

It's not even remotely pretty after.

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#13

jordiaeiou Report

ShawtyCantComeToThePhone
Community Member
1 year ago

What the heck am i looking at

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#14

skyscrapercity Report

Bobby Stahr
Community Member
1 year ago

Sigh

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#15

skyscrapercity Report

Becklass
Community Member
1 year 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 year ago

Idk, I kind of like the NOW better.

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#17

architectural.revival Report

Mimi Kumar
Community Member
1 year 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 year 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 year 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 year ago

Prison block.

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#21

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

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 year ago

X marks the spot. This is Monteal.

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#22

architectural.revival Report

H Edwards
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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