Disclaimer: I love Belgium. I love its vast fields, pleasant parks, and deep forests. I love its awesome playgrounds, playful ducks, and friendly people. I love its architecture, cozy buildings, and impressive castles. Having lived there for three years, during which I attended the Brussels American School (hi to all of my classmates; go Brigands!), I have a deep and nostalgic appreciation for the country. It’s the place that turned me into who I am today and the country where I learned my very first words in English.

So you can bet your bottom dollar that I turned my full attention to Hannes Coudenys when I heard that he posts pictures of ‘ugly’ Belgian houses on the internet. Now, Coudenys and I disagree about Belgian architecture: what he calls ‘ugly,’ I find to be ‘quaint.’ However, nobody can deny that he finds very intriguing examples of Belgian architecture.

Scroll down, upvote your fave ‘ugly’ buildings, and share them with your friends and family. Be sure to let us know in the comments if you’re on my or Coudenys’ side when it comes to Belgian buildings. Beautiful or horrifying? That’s for you to decide. After you’re done with this list, check out Bored Panda’s previous article about Coudenys and ‘ugly’ (aka misunderstood) Belgian houses.

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#1

Aah Weekend

Aah Weekend

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M.J. 4 weeks ago

It's not ugly, it's happy and beautiful!

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#2

Angrytecture

Angrytecture

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Kaisu 4 weeks ago

I would be mad too, squished between two other buildings like this

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#3

Insane The Spain

Insane The Spain

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ƒιѕн 4 weeks ago

I actually... kinda like this.

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In an interview, Coudenys told Bored Panda that his project is ‘loved’ and he joked that it has turned into a kind of a ‘cult.’ “We all love to hate ugly Belgian houses,” he said, drawing attention to the fact that “Poland has terrible architecture, as a lot of people have let me see.”

However, not all is grim in Coudenys’ world. He noted that there are examples of good architecture in Belgium: “I like the work of Gijs van Vaerenbergh, Vens-Vanbelle, De Vylder Vinck Taillieu, Vincent van Duysen.”

#4

When You’re Trying To Watch Something On Pornhub But Those Spam Windows Pop Up

When You’re Trying To Watch Something On Pornhub But Those Spam Windows Pop Up

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eliana 4 weeks ago

when youre playing the Sims and you can't decide where to put your windows

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#5

Mayday Mayday! The East Wall Is Sinking!

Mayday Mayday! The East Wall Is Sinking!

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Shawn 4 weeks ago

It'd be an interesting house to trip at!

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#6

My House When You Came In The Backdoor

My House When You Came In The Backdoor

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EA 4 weeks ago

Thomas the tank engine inspired?

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Coudenys’ hobby has grown into a phenomenon: he has more than 104,000 followers on Facebook and 76,800 fans on Instagram.

In a previous interview, Coudenys told Bored Panda that some Belgians have a peculiar understanding of what constitutes good architecture: "Normally, if you like architecture you like good houses, but in Belgium, there’s a lot of ugly architecture. So I started taking pictures of it.”

"Because regulations are quite liberal and we love to design our own quirky dreamhouse," Coudenys explained. He added that lots of home-owners were angry that their houses were being mocked online.

#7

The Sky Is Limited

The Sky Is Limited

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Mieke Sorée 4 weeks ago

I guess the owner of the house didn't want to sell...

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#8

If Snake And Tetris Made A Baby

If Snake And Tetris Made A Baby

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Daja Lindeman 4 weeks ago

There used to be a garage, and a normal door where the red brick is now. They repurposed the building

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#9

When Your House Tried To Be Beautiful

When Your House Tried To Be Beautiful

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Nthati 4 weeks ago

This house is a representation of me pretending to be okay.

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“I received emails from lawyers and eventually gave in, stopping the blog altogether. I can understand the negative reactions in a way... It's the house of their dreams and I am demolishing it!" the Belgian revealed.

#10

Even The Neighbours Are Scared

Even The Neighbours Are Scared

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Sinkvenice 4 weeks ago

That's a really cool house!

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#11

D. I. Why?

D. I. Why?

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Katchen 4 weeks ago

This one is cool!

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#12

Pablo Picasa

Pablo Picasa

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Raine Soo 4 weeks ago

That wave below the windows makes it look more like Salvador Dali.

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Coudenys isn’t the only critic of Belgium’s architecture. According to Culture Trip, if you’re in Belgium and want to see the country’s ugliest buildings, you would do well to visit the Ghent Market Hall, the Wiels Museum in Brussels, and the Tour Paradis in Liège.

Also be sure to see the ‘Book Tower’ in Gent, Leuven’s Sint-Maartensdal Towers, the seat of the Humanist Democratic Center in Brussels, the Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel in Antwerp, and The Water Tower in Ghent. Even I have to say that a few of these buildings make my inner artist cringe.

#13

‘Make It Look Like A Sad Elephant’ Said No One Ever. Oh Wait A Belgian Did

‘Make It Look Like A Sad Elephant’ Said No One Ever. Oh Wait A Belgian Did

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goth_catlover_dumb 4 weeks ago

Me in my split section mirror

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#14

Please Explain

Please Explain

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Shawn 4 weeks ago

Ugh you just don't get it if you need it explained... said the architect.

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#15

Why Carve Pumpkins For Halloween?

Why Carve Pumpkins For Halloween?

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eliana 4 weeks ago

looks like teeth?

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#16

Mohawkitecture

Mohawkitecture

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Shayne O'Neill 4 weeks ago

I saw a lot of these in Sydney, for some reason.

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#17

What The Flying Duck

What The Flying Duck

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M.J. 4 weeks ago

I actually like it, it's at least colorful

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#18

Hiding An Ugly Belgian House Are We?

Hiding An Ugly Belgian House Are We?

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Shawn 4 weeks ago

I actually like it!

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#19

When You’ve Got The Cheapest Street In Monopoly But You Bought Two Hotels

When You’ve Got The Cheapest Street In Monopoly But You Bought Two Hotels

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Donna Reynolds 4 weeks ago

Norbert liked it dark, very dark.

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#20

When Windows 10 Keeps Randomly Crashing And Freezing

When Windows 10 Keeps Randomly Crashing And Freezing

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Stijn Cornelis 4 weeks ago

Fun fact: till the end of the second world war you had to pay taxes acording to the number of windows and doors your house had (pretty common in Europe). With bricked off windows as a result.

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#21

Pytagorage

Pytagorage

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Rowlie 4 weeks ago

Why so furious?

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#22

What Is That Thing?

What Is That Thing?

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Alex K 4 weeks ago

its a round staircase inside

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#23

The Floor Is Lava

The Floor Is Lava

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Leo Domitrix 4 weeks ago

Already prepared for rising oceans?

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#24

When You See Yourself In The Mirror

When You See Yourself In The Mirror

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Raine Soo 4 weeks ago

This is the house version of the "Home Alone" aftershave burn.

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#25

Ceci N’est Pas Une Fermette

Ceci N’est Pas Une Fermette

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ƒιѕн 4 weeks ago

When you really hate your neighbor.

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#26

Belgium Is A Work Of Art

Belgium Is A Work Of Art

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Donna Reynolds 4 weeks ago

Had some extra parts left over, build a house.

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#27

When Your Architect Needs An Adblocker

When Your Architect Needs An Adblocker

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ƒιѕн 4 weeks ago

Thats just pure spam.

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#28

When You Go Back To The Future

When You Go Back To The Future

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European other 4 weeks ago

There's a lot going on here

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#29

This Is An Emergency, Somebody Call The Akropolice

This Is An Emergency, Somebody Call The Akropolice

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Alex K 4 weeks ago

that title was epic

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#30

Facade So Ugly The Tree Died

Facade So Ugly The Tree Died

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Iudith Coman 4 weeks ago

The window is shocked the tree died 😂

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#31

Close But No Cigar. Or Is It?

Close But No Cigar. Or Is It?

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Let’s All Just Try And Be Decent 4 weeks ago

When the downstairs needs metals shutters, that's never a good sign

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#32

Windows Paint

Windows Paint

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Trisha Lynn 4 weeks ago

The title sums it up! 🤣

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#33

Shades Don’t Always Make You Look Cool

Shades Don’t Always Make You Look Cool

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Veronica Sjöberg 4 weeks ago

But this looks cool :D

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#34

When You Stop Halfway The Reveal Because You’ve Seen Enough

When You Stop Halfway The Reveal Because You’ve Seen Enough

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Vic 4 weeks ago

Image download in the 90s with those dial up modems

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#35

Not Sure If Roof Or Tiny Hat

Not Sure If Roof Or Tiny Hat

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Jjjane20 4 weeks ago

It is hat you were forced to wear after younger brother.

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#36

When Your Architect Has A Black Out

When Your Architect Has A Black Out

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Jean-Francois Brisson 4 weeks ago

We have some of these here sometimes, it has water pipes inside that absorb solar radiation to heat your floors or whatever.

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#37

You Cant Leave Your Hat On

You Cant Leave Your Hat On

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Iggy 4 weeks ago

It looks like a mushroom. Maybe a fungi lives there.

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#38

I’m Out

I’m Out

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Kat833 4 weeks ago

Smart

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#39

When Your Keyhole Is Swollen And Red, You Better Go See A Doctor

When Your Keyhole Is Swollen And Red, You Better Go See A Doctor

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Kath Leen 3 weeks ago

looks like pokeball

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#40

When You Don’t Know What Hit You

When You Don’t Know What Hit You

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Allen Dela Cruz 4 weeks ago

"Don't worry, a little duct tape will fix this"

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#41

It Must Have Cost An Arm And A Leg

It Must Have Cost An Arm And A Leg

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Raine Soo 4 weeks ago

These creepy busts make garden gnomes look adorable. It must be Halloween everyday here.

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#42

Must Be Really Into Garage Sales

Must Be Really Into Garage Sales

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Shawn 4 weeks ago

Hey Larry, get this I sold the idiot 3 garage doors.. one for each floor!! Bwahahahaha

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#43

🌓

🌓

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Colm Corcoran 4 weeks ago

Two Face's house?

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#44

So, Who Was Ugly First?

So, Who Was Ugly First?

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A B C 4 weeks ago

Wow, look at how crooked the right part is.

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#45

When Your Architect Was Thinking Outside The Xbox

When Your Architect Was Thinking Outside The Xbox

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A B C 4 weeks ago

Outside the X-box, it seems?

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