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

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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

Tim Hardcastle
Community Member
1 year ago

It's probably terraced housing built on a slight slope, they often have the roofs go up like that in shallow steps.

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 year ago

Again, since the Before picture looks like the early 1900s, this building may have been destroyed during either WWI or WWII. But also again, they could’ve tried to retain some vestige of the original design, so the difference wouldn’t be so jarring.

Elizabeth Butler
Community Member
1 year ago

This is about the horrible defacing of the LEFT building, so I do not understand all the comments about the roof offset on the RIGHT building, which is part of the original.

kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

lot of this pictures are really old. it's hard to know if they changed it it's because of WWI or WWII bombing.

ArhomR
Community Member
1 year ago

Love the inn portion.

Viv Hart
Community Member
1 year ago

Wonder if The Bull Inn is still a pub?

Yibo Wang
Community Member
1 year ago

why did they only build a half thing...

Mae Mosse
Community Member
1 year ago

This is in Ipswich, Suffolk. I used to work in a building not far from here.

Michelle Rudd
Community Member
1 year ago

Sometimes these incongruous new builds are filling in or replacing gaps left by buildings being demolished by WW2 bomb damage, especially when.you see brutalist buildings in otherwise historical areas. Around St. Paul's in London it's mostly modern buildings because the area was flattened in the blitz and the cathedral only survived by a miracle. Coventry cathedral was not so lucky sadly. Same in Germany and other countries I'm sure.

mermaidgirl960
Community Member
1 year ago

Ugh, it looks like 2 different photos pasted together.... Just doesn't fit.

Tina Harbour
Community Member
1 year ago

*YAWN*

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
1 year ago

Why would anyone even think of doing this!?!?!

Paizleypie
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, at least they left half of it alone.

Sent From The Slytherin House
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, it wasn't that pretty anyways, but stilllll....

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
1 year ago

A parking lot... .__.

Felicity Lemon
Community Member
1 year ago

Tbh I think it looks better the house before just didn’t fit

Marco Conti
Community Member
1 year ago

"My protractor is broken!" Cried the architect. "No worries, let's make it 90° all the way"

tangy chip
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

there's a fine line between modern and brutalist...

OTTER
Community Member
1 year ago

At least they did well on one half. Then, “Don’t it always seem to go, you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone? They paved paradise, put up a Parking Lot.”

Darwinist
Community Member
1 year ago

The two versions still look bad, reallly.

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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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