Thanks to blogger Hannes Coudenys and, of course, the architects themselves, Belgium has become notorious for its quirky buildings. In 2012, Coudenys decided to begin documenting the peculiarities of Belgian architecture on an Instagram account called 'Ugly Belgian Houses,' and it has drawn the attention of architecture enthusiasts from all over the world.
But really, how hideously bizarre can a house design really be? Scroll down to check out the list of outrageous examples below, and let us know what you think in the comments!
"Architect: ‘What kind of windows would you like?’ Client: ‘Yes’"
Coudenys had noticed that for some reason, Belgians have a different understanding of what is good architecture. So he decided that he had to share it with the world. "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, " he told Bored Panda.
Coudenys explained that when it comes to architecture, people in Belgium like to go against the flow. "Because regulations are quite liberal and we love to design our own quirky dreamhouse," he said.
Despite rapidly gaining attention online with so many people left in awe of the uniqueness of the buildings, Coudenys admits that many house-owners were not pleased about their homes facing scrutiny online. "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! " he explained.
Luckily, he decided to relaunch his blog in 2013, although this time he encourages people to contact him directly if they are not pleased with seeing their house on the blog. Scroll below for the photos of Ugly Belgian Architecture!
"When u wanted to live in a fairytale but you chose to live in Shrek’s Swamp House"
"'No, your other left'"
"Architect: what do you want
Guy: legs of a lego man
Architect: say no more fam"
"When you have a beautiful Belgian House but you really want to be on my website"
"When you’re on a field trip and you loose the rest of your group"
"NEIN NEIN NEIN"
"What did one pyramid say to the other?
– How’s your mummy!"