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

Khadeja
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, the architectural style was beautiful!

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H Edwards
Community Member
1 month ago

There was a lot of this in the 1960s, tearing down beautiful old buildings and replacing them with concrete monstrosities. We have better protections for heritage architecture now.

Marcellus the Third
Community Member
1 month ago

Even more in the late 1940s--early 1950s, can't imagine what happened just before that. [Hint, it's England. Don't mention the W.]

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Jonathan
Community Member
1 month ago

This is Princes Street in Edinburgh, Scotland. The original Boots pharmacy building had statues of poets which were subsequently 'lost' when put into storage. The whole street is littered with monstrosities.

k1ddkanuck
Community Member
1 month ago

I HATE brutalist architecture. We have so much of it in Southern Ontario, and it's bloody ugly.

Sanne H.
Community Member
1 month ago

I’ve seen some fascinating Brutalism in former Yugoslavia, so to my opinion it does exist, but I agree that it’s ugly most of the time. Especially when replacing older characteristic buildings like in this example.

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Wyndmere
Community Member
1 month ago

Now, it is ... Ug-Ly

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Older buildings have so much character. This new one is just a building. The interior can be renovated or restored without defacing the exterior.

person (i think)
Community Member
1 month ago

This is another one that was a total tear down and re-build, not a "renovation"

Torchicachu
Community Member
1 month ago

literally the sign says beauty but they took out the most beautiful part

Ellie
Community Member
1 month ago

I think structurally it may be easier to tear some of these buildings down and build something more modern rather than try and bring them up to code. Also, there's a matter of materials aging losing strength, becoming porous...Besides each era landscape evolves to account the new way we live. We have heritage areas preserving these types of old relics.

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 month ago

This is sad. The 1960s and 70s saw a lot of cities all over Europe have their character destroyed for ever by city planners and developers.

suzanne werbiski
Community Member
1 month ago

Same thing happened in Canada

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Felicity Lemon
Community Member
1 month ago

Hahahaha the building is ugly and on the boots sign it says beaty

Lærke Littlebird
Community Member
1 month ago

Not a renovation

Tabernus
Community Member
1 month ago

Ahhh 'modernisation' *facepalm*

Biljana Malesevic
Community Member
1 month ago

From lovely and original to corporate.

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
1 month ago

"Beauty" my ass.

shyanna banana
Community Member
1 month ago

i love the frist one

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
1 month ago

A freaking gray block, fail!

Purbasha Banai
Community Member
1 month ago

I understand the former pictures could be centuries old, and the build could be coming off and falling apart and the structure could be unstable. But there's a thing called Restoration. It might take a butt load of work, but c'mon, that's the least we can do, if not make the same building with the intricate craftsmanship. And this applies for all the other posts in this article with the old builds Vs the modern builds

Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
1 month ago

Crying

Donna Leske
Community Member
1 month ago

It's like somebody said "Let's erase history!"

Sanne H.
Community Member
1 month ago

Happened a lot in Antwerp too, so many beatiful buildings at a.o. the Belgiëlei and the Italiëlei have been replaced by ugly concrete monstrosities.

Karin Gibson
Community Member
1 month ago

Horrible

Carolyn Legg
Community Member
1 month ago

Lost its charm

Raphael48
Community Member
1 month ago

"Now" is just plain ugly...

Octavia Hansen
Community Member
1 month ago

LOOK WHAT YOU DID! OUCH! Have you no taste or decency? There must have been a LOT of money going around to account for this architectural mastication. The sales pitch cost so much more than the actual design plans. Have you no shame?

EA
Community Member
1 month ago

What the actual? Who thinks this is a good idea? So sad they’d rather cover up beautiful buildings than invest and protect them :( the 60s was a baaad time for architecture. I live in a medieval town and there are some of the prettiest and ugliest buildings I’ve ever seen streets apart.

Rebekah
Community Member
1 month ago

Shameful.

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

The first one was beautiful cri

H Edwards
Community Member
1 month ago

On another note, that's a long time for Boots at that location!

Viv Hart
Community Member
1 week ago

Those old buildings, with their attractive exteriors, often had very poky interiors, difficult to work in, needed modernisation.

Jean Thompson
Community Member
2 weeks ago

This "vandalism" was carried out in the 1950s/1960s. A lot of beautiful buildings were demolished to be replaced with concrete "blocks". I think we know better now, thank goodness.

Elliott Rogers
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Make it stop

Alina
Community Member
1 month ago

But that's not renovation, it's another building

Mae Mosse
Community Member
1 month ago

No words

Debi-Nikita Rentzke
Community Member
1 month ago

I hate modern buildings..no character.

Annette Rainbow
Community Member
1 month ago

What have they done? The first picture was beautiful and it stood out. The renovation is so "every day" looking, they destroyed the whole look.

Kathy Brown
Community Member
1 month ago

I loved the old one.

Kim Lorton
Community Member
1 month ago

Yuk!

mermaidgirl960
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks so weird next to the other old builds! I know it's hard to replicate old building styles but if you're going to go modern, might as well make all of them modern.

Paula Carr
Community Member
1 month ago

That gothic building in the middle was GORgeous.

Philly Bob Squires
Community Member
1 month ago

That's just a crime!

OTTER
Community Member
1 month ago

Ever try to put a square peg in a round hole? It doesn’t fit.

Loraine MacGinness
Community Member
1 month ago

BOOTS !! What have you gained ?? You've lost in customers?

Stephen Foley
Community Member
1 month ago

Is that Broad Street, Reading, Berkshire, England?

Martha Higgins
Community Member
1 month ago

What a shame! The renovation is so ugly.

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
1 month ago

Yikes.

Laura Jones
Community Member
1 month ago

lost all character

Kitty Fenerty
Community Member
1 month ago

Absolutely dreadful.

Casey Herman
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah, the "developers" need to grow a taste bud.

Nona Bgo
Community Member
1 month ago

So sad to destroy old buildings with so much personality and make them into boring grey boxes :((

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
1 month ago

That's a bloody tragedy!!!

Marianne Nielsen
Community Member
1 month ago

That's eye-poop...

Martin Řezáč
Community Member
1 month ago

this shoudnt be legal

Cordi Schmidt
Community Member
1 month ago

Now it reminds me of a proper communistic style building...

Nini* Mini*
Community Member
1 month ago

Then

Paizleypie
Community Member
1 month ago

No.

Bama Belle
Community Member
1 month ago

Ruined.

Pacifico Fernandez
Community Member
1 month ago

in Europe there are laws against such butchery

Dalene Weiss
Community Member
1 month ago

criminal to change the era of the building & take away the historic aspect...

Mascha Claessens
Community Member
1 month ago

This happened a lot where I live. Not because they thought the buildings were old and ugly... but because it was all bombed down. Didn't have enough money and resources after the war to rebuild pretty buildings. So concrete it became.

Michelle Thornton
Community Member
1 month ago

Why?

Fizz511
Community Member
1 month ago

I think the original building was probably bombed during the war - it’s usually what’s happened in these sorts of cases.

Julianne Hannes
Community Member
1 month ago

They were thinking inside the box

RaroaRaroa
Community Member
1 month ago

Again, surely a new building, not a reno.

Transat
Community Member
1 month ago

This was not supposed to be a renovation, its just an old build replaced by a new and ugly one

Abby Tucker
Community Member
1 month ago

bruh

natie marie
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh no

Pansexual (In theory)
Community Member
1 month ago

'beauty' the sign says

Katya Kong
Community Member
1 month ago

why do ppl do this???

A M
Community Member
1 month ago

In my area there's lots of old buildings, some may say beautiful old buildings, that are rotting where they are. Apparently they are in urgent need of an huge renovation, but the restoration would cost so much no one would afford to live there anymore. So now the buildings just sit there until they become too rotten to safely live in. That's sad too.

Debra Gregory
Community Member
1 month ago

That's an eyesore.

jevais
Community Member
1 month ago

Beautiful Victorian buildings destroyed for that? Shear madness.

Sarah Lishman
Community Member
1 month ago

Edinburgh, Prince's Street.... lots of buildings ruined in the name of "progress"

Jaybird3939
Community Member
1 month ago

Noooooo

Gehtdich Nixan
Community Member
1 month ago

that's just sad :(

Darwinist
Community Member
1 month ago

That's not a renovation, thats a straight up "I'ma tear down your useless buildings, because I got money. I'ma build an ugly store so I can get rich, so f*ck your "beautiful" building" from a big company.

ArhomR
Community Member
1 month ago

Blech!

COcO BAMa
Community Member
1 month ago

Okay lets say it modern dont mean newly good all the time

pansexualandproud
Community Member
1 month ago

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Kinga Złotkowska
Community Member
1 month ago

Someone should go to jail for this.

Bobby Stahr
Community Member
1 month ago

OOOPS...unforgivable desecration

Kristoffer Rahbek-Jensen
Community Member
1 month ago

In most European contries, this wouldn't be allowed

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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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