Let’s talk architecture and let's talk Belgium. What do these two things have in common? Well, you probably need no introduction of Belgium being a land of architectural wonder, with several shifts in design throughout its history creating a rich cross-section of European heritage and design. From Art Nouveau to modernism, the country is known for nailing its architecture.

Except we’re talking the other side of the coin—”Ugly Belgian Houses”—an enigmatic, humorous and eccentric project run by Hannes Coudenys. The project is dedicated entirely to the uglier the better buildings, dwellings, and all kinds of roofs over one’s head.

With 139k Instagram followers, “Ugly Belgian Houses” follows the motto which reads “Better to be ugly than to be boring,” and you can totally see why. But still, don’t try this at home, everyone!

Psst! After you’re done, be sure to check out our previous posts with Belgian architectural mishaps and faux pas here and here.

More info: Instagram | Facebook | UglyBelgianHouses.tumblr.com

#1

Hmm

Hmm

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Toujin C'Thlu
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1 month ago

"Why are you taking a picture of me?"

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#2

Tried To Call The Architect For An Explanation But He Was Bus-Y

Tried To Call The Architect For An Explanation But He Was Bus-Y

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Princess Procrastination
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1 month ago

That's really cool actually!

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#3

Residence Evil

Residence Evil

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Navin Kumar
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1 month ago

isn't this just a garage? if yes then i find it cool

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To find out more about “Ugly Belgian Houses” and how it evolved since we last featured the project a year ago, Bored Panda talked to its creator Hannes Coudenys. Hannes is a media personality with many projects, from owning Hurae creative digital studio to running “Ugly Belgian Houses” and “Like My Ride,” to vlogging on YouTube.

Hannes told us that “Ugly Belgian Houses” has amazingly evolved throughout the year, amassing 139k followers. “I have been visiting a lot of the houses and had some really nice conversations.”

“Meanwhile I am working on a second edition of the book, so I have to call all the owners again,” Hannes said and added “I’ve just had a call with two people who hate me and don’t want their house in my book. I can understand that,” he smiled.

#4

The Ugly Belgian House Is Slowly Wrapping Around Its Prey

The Ugly Belgian House Is Slowly Wrapping Around Its Prey

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Gustavo Vanni
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1 month ago

poor white house looks scared :(

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#5

I Want To Brick Free

I Want To Brick Free

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Jude Ponting
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1 month ago

Forget the bricks, what's going on with the windows?

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#6

They Recently Discovered The Great Garage Of Giza

They Recently Discovered The Great Garage Of Giza

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grotesqueer
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1 month ago

Snorted at the caption 😂

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When asked why “Ugly Belgian Houses” has gained almost a cult following online, Hannes believes it comes down to “The fact that we all have a certain opinion on what makes a house beautiful. Or ugly. And the fact that these opinions are only opinions.”

The author added that it seems like a lot of Belgians agree that “we have a lot of ugly Belgian houses.”

When asked about the slogan “Better to be ugly than to be boring,” which greets users on the project's Instagram page, Hannes said that “In Belgium, you have a lot of suburbs and housing projects that all look the same and are in fact very boring.” He added: “Something you see in Holland as well. I prefer ugly than these boring creatures.”

Hannes would describe a typical ugly Belgian house as something with “its own quirky uniqueness; A special roof, a special stone, a special decoration, we want to express ourselves via our house.”

#7

Housemoji

Housemoji

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Meeow
Community Member
1 month ago

It's cute

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#8

Minimalism In Belgium

Minimalism In Belgium

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Sowieso
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1 month ago

Is this one of these projects where they make a child's drawing reality?

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#9

Neighbors, Everybody Needs Goth Neighbors

Neighbors, Everybody Needs Goth Neighbors

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Libstak
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1 month ago

Needs a good clean and a coat of paint otherwise it could be interesting

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#10

So Where Is Your Architect? Over The Top

So Where Is Your Architect? Over The Top

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Peppermallow
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1 month ago

This is nice? Whats wrong with it?

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#11

Cut My House Into Pieces

Cut My House Into Pieces

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brigocaa
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1 month ago

cut my house into pieces.... this is my last divorce

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#12

Meh

Meh

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Meeow
Community Member
1 month ago

This also need a pressure washer deep clean, it would be beautiful again

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#13

It Is In The Darkness That One Finds The Sh**e

It Is In The Darkness That One Finds The Sh**e

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Jody Brown
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1 month ago

Maybe the neighborhood is really ugly so they didn't want windows

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#14

Purple Pain

Purple Pain

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Liezzzewies
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1 month ago

This one came with a matching car..

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#15

When You’ve Seen The Trailer And You Know The Movie Sucks

When You’ve Seen The Trailer And You Know The Movie Sucks

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Navin Kumar
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1 month ago

i see what you did there :)

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#16

Just Another Brick In The Wall

Just Another Brick In The Wall

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Hilary Mol
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1 month ago

Ladies and gentlemen, the world's largest fold-up patio.

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#17

Peak #uglybelgianhouses

Peak #uglybelgianhouses

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housea
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1 month ago

what is happening in Belgium?

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#18

Door-E Is That You?

Door-E Is That You?

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Al Christensen
Community Member
1 month ago

Actually, I like this one.

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#19

Mummy, I’m Home

Mummy, I’m Home

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Navin Kumar
Community Member
1 month ago

doesn't look like a home in any angle

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#20

Statue Of Misery

Statue Of Misery

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Meeow
Community Member
1 month ago

You know this house is haunted

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#21

Haters Will Say It’s Photoshop

Haters Will Say It’s Photoshop

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Navin Kumar
Community Member
1 month ago

the tragedy!

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#22

Charlerwa?

Charlerwa?

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Prilsy
Community Member
1 month ago

So kitch but so cool

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#23

(Turn Around) Every Now And Then I Get A Little Bit Tired Of These Houses

(Turn Around) Every Now And Then I Get A Little Bit Tired Of These Houses

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Vicky Zar
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1 month ago

Interesting...

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#24

Is This The Real Life?

Is This The Real Life?

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Stefaan De Clerck
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1 month ago

Sadly no phantasy.

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#25

Optihouse Prime

Optihouse Prime

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Julia Atkinson
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1 month ago

Can transform itself into a normal-looking house but chooses not to

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#26

Is This A New Jacquemus Purse?

Is This A New Jacquemus Purse?

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Navin Kumar
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1 month ago

is this even a house?

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#27

Now That’s A Mancave

Now That’s A Mancave

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Myrtille rat
Community Member
1 month ago

lol it looks like it's a wink to Massabielle grotto ( a catholic pilgrimage place in the French pyrénées) 612206-gro...2be8b4.jpg 612206-grotte-massabielle-lourdes-vierge-serait-60c718b2be8b4.jpg

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#28

Ready For The Third Wave

Ready For The Third Wave

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Julia Atkinson
Community Member
1 month ago

Allows you to feel seasick without the inconvenience of being on water

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#29

S**tamid

S**tamid

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Julia Atkinson
Community Member
1 month ago

Urban hobbit hole

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#30

Some Houses Never Grow Up

Some Houses Never Grow Up

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Julia Atkinson
Community Member
1 month ago

Growth stunted by smoking

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