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

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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'

Joonscrab
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm crying at how beautiful the Gothic one looks 😭😭 brutalism isn't one of my favourites for sure

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Emyo Jennifer Nakayama
Community Member
1 month ago

I hate the trend towards everything as "modern". The old styles were often exquisite examples of art and craftsmanship.

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
1 week ago

And now we have mouldy concrete bricks.

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Khadeja
Community Member
1 month ago

How??? This architect has done a heinous crime against humanity.

Nhaundar
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

It was soo damn beautiful... Why?!

Octavia Hansen
Community Member
1 month ago

City council out to lunch when this was approved by the cleaning staff?

tangy chip
Community Member
1 month ago

I no longer have any faith in humanity

MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
1 month ago

why???

Tabernus
Community Member
1 month ago

Partly because a lot of Birmingham was bombed in WW2 and they came up with a new plan for the city and knocked a load of the rest down

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Bacony Cakes
Community Member
1 month ago

oh my god it's awful blitz it again no

sarah llop
Community Member
1 month ago

Who would do this? This tragedy is making me physically ill.

kjorn
Community Member
1 month ago

i hate concrete. i prefer bricks and stones

Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
1 month ago

Who thought this would be a good idea?

Ashley Conover
Community Member
1 month ago

Horrible

natie marie
Community Member
1 month ago

And the architect must be so proud. Sigh

Rainclouds Radio
Community Member
1 month ago

I know architects who are obsessed with Brutalism. It's like a dark humour thing or something but they use words like "irony" to describe their love for it... *eye roll*

Joan OConnor
Community Member
1 month ago

This looks like those East Communist Bloc styles that were popular in the late 60s.

Felicity Lemon
Community Member
1 month ago

The tree 🌲

Vickie Johnston
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh wow... lived in Brum for 30 years, didn’t realise such a beautiful building stood there before! 😭

Bender Bending Rodríguez
Community Member
1 month ago

That looks like The Boston City Hall.

H Edwards
Community Member
1 month ago

This is Birmingham, in the UK. This was done in the 1970s, absolutely criminal.

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Mimi Kumar
Community Member
1 month ago

At least the tower is cool

Valerie Page
Community Member
1 month ago

But to be realistic, These ornate old buildings were worn out and impossible to heat properly. Our councils can't afford to keep them up without increasing local taxes to a level which isn't acceptable to the paying population who prefer better schools, infrastructure and services. As my old Granny used to say "He who pays the piper calls the tune" And we elect our councils

Debi-Nikita Rentzke
Community Member
1 month ago

Why?

Annette Rainbow
Community Member
1 month ago

Hate this too.

Onion rings like to make your breath smelly
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

why did they take that away??? it was so pretty!

mermaidgirl960
Community Member
1 month ago

I see they tried to keep the centerpiece but I'm mad that they completely changed all of the buildings around it. Victorian buildings are so beautiful yet hard to renovate :(

Barbara Vandewalle
Community Member
1 month ago

The history is being destroyed. Those building had a history

OTTER
Community Member
1 month ago

Is this what they mean about keeping a ‘token’ from the scene of a crime?

Loraine MacGinness
Community Member
1 month ago

Absolutely awful. Leave all this abominable building to the Americans. Old Character to the UK. They are destroying London too trying to be clever ??

Tina Harbour
Community Member
1 month ago

Ugh.

Paloma Vita
Community Member
1 month ago

That is not a renovation but complete destruction... brutal indeed!

Carmen Honacker
Community Member
1 month ago

Are you kidding me??? This is so ugly!

Martha Higgins
Community Member
1 month ago

Another shameful mess.

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
1 month ago

This is terrible.

Steve Cruz
Community Member
1 month ago

The "Then" photo appears to have been taken in the 1800s. Who knows what happened to the original buildings in the course of two world wars and global financial collapse. The "new" building was erected in the 1950s.

Ole Peder Amrud Hagen
Community Member
1 month ago

That's not a renovation. This brutalist building is pretty nice, but has unfortunately been town down itself.

Kitty Fenerty
Community Member
1 month ago

I could weep, this is appalling.

Maureen Peters
Community Member
1 month ago

A consolation?

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
1 month ago

Not a fan of the brutalist style. Too stark...

Ed Freshwater
Community Member
1 month ago

It hasn't looked like the "Now" picture for years!

Paizleypie
Community Member
1 month ago

Ugh.

AzKhaleesi
Community Member
1 month ago

I hate people

Bama Belle
Community Member
1 month ago

It was beautiful before, hideous after.

I'm lay sheep in China
Community Member
1 month ago

1st one look like something from Fantasy world 2nd one is plain as Bread

Jasmine Donald
Community Member
1 month ago

I get modern, but this is too strange....

Dalene Weiss
Community Member
1 month ago

it looks as if the entire historic section was rebuilt. So wrong.

Damsel in the Dark
Community Member
1 month ago

Frigg you innovator

Jenny Pugh
Community Member
1 month ago

Fortunately, the bloody thing has been pulled down

Ian Fitzgerald
Community Member
1 month ago

this has actually been knocked down and replaced now :)

Jacki Hamer
Community Member
1 month ago

The pretty buildings are still there - the second pic is taken from the opposite side and the ugly library is long gone!

Michelle Thornton
Community Member
1 month ago

From architectural masterpiece to Legoland 👎🏻

martin Phiri
Community Member
1 month ago

maybe they needed more room?...idk

Neva Nevičica
Community Member
1 month ago

Why didn't they just build a similar/same one in the same place, if it was ruined in bombings. Dresden was rebuilt in the same style, so it is possible. The goth building would make a great library, like from Harry Potter :)

ML
Community Member
1 month ago

Now? It looks like from the 80's

Sent From The Slytherin House
Community Member
1 month ago

uck

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 month ago

Brutalist is just so awful.

Helenium
Community Member
1 month ago

All that’s been demolished. You should it now if you think that’s bad.

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
1 month ago

Brutalism fail! :P

Azziza
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like a prison.

Tina Hugh
Community Member
1 month ago

I like it

Carole Deem
Community Member
1 month ago

people staying way in droves

Stefaan De Clerck
Community Member
1 month ago

Brutal indeed.

Marcia Cash
Community Member
1 month ago

Ayn Rand would be proud.

Mal
Community Member
1 month ago

I love it

Jane Doe
Community Member
1 month ago

Am I the only person who oh no, before scrolling down?

Wyndmere
Community Member
1 month ago

No - they Didn’t. You’re gonna loose tourist if you keep this up!!

Patty Stier
Community Member
1 month ago

From beautiful to not!

Gary Burley
Community Member
1 month ago

both of these no longer exist

pansexualandproud
Community Member
1 month ago

WHHHYYYY!!!!!

Bobby Stahr
Community Member
1 month ago

a step backwards IMHO!

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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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