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

That Guy
Community Member
1 month ago

Where did all the spunk go?

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idkwhatsmyname
Community Member
1 month ago

before was much better

Hilary Mol
Community Member
1 month ago

So they took a pretty church and turned it into a weird IHOP.

Nicole Tomme
Community Member
1 month ago

They deleted all the character!

H Edwards
Community Member
1 month ago

I just don't understand why anyone would do this. They haven't even replaced the building, so utterly pointless.

Jessica Nametz
Community Member
1 month ago

so sad

Debra Gregory
Community Member
1 month ago

They ERASED everything pretty. Yuk!

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

The new building is so bland and sterile. Some people must hate history.

Marco Conti
Community Member
1 month ago

From a ordinary church to an extraordinary, world breaking shed. The size of the garden tools must be gigantic.

Janet Bird
Community Member
1 month ago

They turned it into a shed!

Leigh M
Community Member
1 month ago

This makes me really sad

Jeff Requier
Community Member
1 month ago

the building shrunk

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Ruined by shitty renovation.

farbenzirkel
Community Member
1 month ago

Even if it sometimes makes things difficult - i am relieved having many buildings in Germany under monumental protection!

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
1 month ago

The brickwork was beautiful!

Krazy Kat
Community Member
1 month ago

That's just disgusting !

Reagan Besteman
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like a cartoon.

Karin Gibson
Community Member
1 month ago

Who gave permission for this abuse.

Not PC
Community Member
1 month ago

Criminally hideous.

Amy Pattie
Community Member
1 month ago

I am in pain

EA
Community Member
1 month ago

If your company can’t afford to maintain an old building, buy a modern one for your business. Instead of covering up or tearing down original features and destroying something beautiful. What is wrong with these so-called ‘architects’ who design these changes, and even more so the city planners who approve them??!!

A M
Community Member
1 month ago

Might be situation where maintaining the old building costs multiple times more than building a new one. So it's might not be possible just to buy a new one, when nobody wants to buy the old building.

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ArhomR
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like a storage unit on steroids.

COcO BAMa
Community Member
1 month ago

roblox houses be like:

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
2 days ago

Ah, the far away model.

Viv Hart
Community Member
3 days ago

Why is the later building smaller? Doesn't look the same building.

The Coated Dev
Community Member
3 days ago

it looks like a playdoh version of the 1st one

*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
Community Member
3 weeks ago

what the hell.

Marlene Ricker
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Oh, Hell no!

Yibo Wang
Community Member
4 weeks ago

what the freaking hell???

Mae Mosse
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Another sims build by someone who doesn’t know how to build anything. Avoiding window tax too. Or vamps live there

Milena Radeva
Community Member
4 weeks ago

A beautiful old church, turned into a wearhouse for building materials. How sad.

Annette Rainbow
Community Member
1 month ago

It's just another box, with no warmth or charm. Good on the owners for a crap make over.

Kathy Brown
Community Member
1 month ago

ehhhh. It looks more like a barn. The windows really gave it style.

Kim Lorton
Community Member
1 month ago

Hat looks like a restaraunt!

mermaidgirl960
Community Member
1 month ago

Aww, the old one was BEAUTIFUL! Ugh, maybe I just favor rustic buildings more, but the modern one looks dumb and uncreative. What story does it tell?

Laura Roney
Community Member
1 month ago

sad - just sad

Helen Johnston
Community Member
1 month ago

the windows would have been a distraction to the true business of being faithful in some religions

Rad Dot
Community Member
1 month ago

Terrible

Barbara Vandewalle
Community Member
1 month ago

ugly

Jennifer Cassada
Community Member
1 month ago

That is tragic.

Osprey
Community Member
1 month ago

Why?

OTTER
Community Member
1 month ago

The ‘New’ will probably get struck by lightening. Rightfully so.

Loraine MacGinness
Community Member
1 month ago

The character and beauty - GONE !!

Jo Ellen Washburn
Community Member
1 month ago

This is just so sad.

PotterAvatarDoctorWho
Community Member
1 month ago

ⓦⓣⓗ

Victoria Bourque-Georgiev
Community Member
1 month ago

Monsters

Kimberly Brown
Community Member
1 month ago

Whhhyyyyy???

Julinda
Community Member
1 month ago

Why would you do this?

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
1 month ago

I dont understand why they would do this.

Steve Cruz
Community Member
1 month ago

This is pitiful. A lot of money buys a lot of bad taste.

Laura Jones
Community Member
1 month ago

soulless

Kitty Fenerty
Community Member
1 month ago

That is unforgivable! I can’t believe anyone thought that this eyesore was preferable to the original architecture?!

Maureen Peters
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh, what a shame!

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
1 month ago

What a way to ruin a beautiful building!!!

Elly Clifton
Community Member
1 month ago

That's a huge shame

Cordi Schmidt
Community Member
1 month ago

Why are modern people like this? Why do we have the tendency to destroy historical buildings? Why do we assume that our modern way is always better?! This is dreadful!

Sue Prewitt
Community Member
1 month ago

NOOOOOOO

RATSMACKER
Community Member
1 month ago

me. I am some.

AzKhaleesi
Community Member
1 month ago

omg why?

Bama Belle
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh, that's horrible.

Shull GaRett
Community Member
1 month ago

Why?! Why would they do THAT?!

Ma Mu
Community Member
1 month ago

quel gâchis ..l'ancien bâtiment était plus jolie ...

Jasmine Donald
Community Member
1 month ago

How will anyone see??

Dalene Weiss
Community Member
1 month ago

even in the original it is sad. To think a church needs fencing wire barbed wire on top.

Kyra Drachenlady
Community Member
1 month ago

it lost it´s soul!

Radek Suski
Community Member
1 month ago

It's a fully different building

Biljana Malesevic
Community Member
1 month ago

no! why???

Naima Ivansdóttir
Community Member
1 month ago

why!!!

Junior Cucumber
Community Member
1 month ago

Before it looked like a beautiful gingerbread house, now it looks like an ugly orange thing!

Linda HS
Community Member
1 month ago

Why?

Russian Otaku
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks way better improved and like it's used for something useful

Sent From The Slytherin House
Community Member
1 month ago

ugh! whyyyy???

Leroy Fong
Community Member
1 month ago

looks like a 90s game in the second one except the windows are missing

kjorn
Community Member
1 month ago

come on!!!

Samantha Lomb
Community Member
1 month ago

Russia again. This kind of "renovation" is sadly common.

Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
1 month ago

You will go to hell for this

Nuri
Community Member
1 month ago

Its too modern

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

While it is easy to condemn what other people have done, restoring an old building as it originally was is not always possible since it demands a LOT of money. It looks as though a substantial part has also been added to it in the back. It would be interesting to see more pictures, of the interior as well as the exterior. Is the sign outside the entrance in Russian? Has it been turned into a restaurant, a shop, or what? Does anyone know?

Sanne H.
Community Member
1 month ago

Went from characteristic church building to ugly Belgian house.

Charlotte
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Lol idk what to say anymore

Curry on...
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like one of those storage places.

Lara Verne
Community Member
1 month ago

But why?

Annie Doyle
Community Member
1 month ago

Who was in charge of putting all the windows in.

Samantha Prendergast
Community Member
1 month ago

The first pic reminded me of a gingerbread house...

Marcia Cash
Community Member
1 month ago

Whoever did this will go to hell for eternity.

Katie Peter
Community Member
1 month ago

Eww

Doris Bennett
Community Member
1 month ago

UGH!

Kimberlea Inderlied
Community Member
1 month ago

Why??!!?!?!?

Wyndmere
Community Member
1 month ago

Yuck

Jaybird3939
Community Member
1 month ago

criminal

Octavia Hansen
Community Member
1 month ago

How about adding a drive-thru . . . You want fries with that salvation . . . assuming it's still a church . . .

doneisdone
Community Member
1 month ago

Nooo!

HissyFitzz
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

NooO it was so pretty!! They killed ittt

pansexualandproud
Community Member
1 month ago

my question is how

Daune Jaimes Diaz
Community Member
1 month ago

Wienerschtznel!

manon M
Community Member
1 month ago

l'enfer

Bobby Stahr
Community Member
1 month ago

from a church to a prison

Iris Wolfie (づ ◕‿◕ )づ
Community Member
1 month ago

Window level: 0.

Dana Grunwald
Community Member
1 month ago

Uuhh.

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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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