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

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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.

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 year ago

To be fair, the first picture is pre-WWII, so the building may have been destroyed during an air raid. But, as I said in other similar posts, they could’ve at least tried to keep close to the same design of the block so it wouldn’t stick out like a sore thumb—-a gross fugly festering sore thumb.

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Among Us
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

This looks like one of the before-and-after pictures above from a different angle. #9 to be exact.

H Edwards
Community Member
1 year ago

I think you're right, the other picture also says Tamworth. At least it means that there haven't been two separate Tudor buildings destroyed to make way for a Co-Op

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Mike Weber
Community Member
1 year ago

Why do a lot of these look like replacements, not renovations?

Eamonn Kentell
Community Member
1 year ago

They would if it were for HS2 - nothing is sacred.

Sent From The Slytherin House
Community Member
1 year ago

ItZ NoT PrETty EnoUGh!

Kim
Community Member
1 year ago

But that old building looked like it would fall down on its own pretty soon after the photo was taken anyway.

Banjo Peppers
Community Member
1 year ago

The original looked so dilapidated, and that was in 1930. I can’t imagine how awful it looked after that.

sarah llop
Community Member
1 year ago

I do wish I could go back a century. Such a beautiful place this used to be.

Marco Conti
Community Member
1 year ago

They added UFOs to keep an eye on things.

Wyndmere
Community Member
1 year ago

hmmmm Maybe

Jessica Nametz
Community Member
1 year ago

At least the church is still there!

Viv Hart
Community Member
1 year ago

Those ancient buildings weren't being cared for, that street looked disgusting in 1930, now it's all open, and you can see the church.

Hugh Cookson
Community Member
1 year ago

The bloody Co-op has a lot to answer for - that and the planning department from that time ; bloody cultural vandals ....

OTTER
Community Member
1 year ago

Why tear down that beautiful stone wall/fence? And the street lights!! Ewww!! The shops across the street would have made big bucks, restoring the front and turning them into specialty ‘Ye Olde English Shoppes’ from that period. Missed their shot there.

cybermerlin2000
Community Member
1 year ago

On the right, Extra Personnel Temp Agency. On the left, the Cooperative from earlier. Up ahead, St Edithas Square, far right St Edithas Church. The houses on the left were knocked down to make St Edithas square and expand the cooperative. The area has been fully pedestrianized now.

jevais
Community Member
1 year ago

It's not nice to behave like a spoiled child. Many people haven't studied in depth the history of WW2 or haven't travelled through out Europe. By the way I live in Switzerland and don't recognize all the original buildings. You're very luck to be so well traveled and know so much, but you're unkind and very rude. Voilà chère Madame. La culture c'est comme la confiture, moins ont n'en a plus il faut étalé.

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