Not every architect can be an Antoni Gaudí or an Art Vandalay - some make do with the spaces they are given and yes, some do make silly mistakes. When the results aren't downright dangerous they can be funny, which is why Twitter user Sarah Schauer decided recently to ask people to send her their worst design/architecture pics that they have.

It's fair to say that the internet didn't disappoint. From oddly placed toilets - toilets seem to feature a lot on this list - to slides that lead to certain death, it turns out that there are some real design nightmares out there! Scroll down below to see what we mean, and feel free to share your own examples in the comments!

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Nthati 2 months ago

Imagine giving directions to your visitors: "Yeah, the toilet is in the kitchen, up the stairs and right next to the cupboard, you won't miss it."

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So we've seen the consequences of bad design, so what makes for good design? There are a few basic principles to stick to if you want to make sure your design is practical, relevant and makes sense!

According to Dieter Rams, a German industrial designer who was responsible for the design of Braun’s consumer products for many years, there are 10 principles of good design, also known as the '10 commandments.' Even though they were written long ago and technology has advanced beyond his wildest dreams, Dieter's principles still apply today!

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Hans 2 months ago

"A dick lives there" never has been so literal.

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Pjotr Vugts 2 months ago

Suislide

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Furniture designers Vitsoe have worked closely with Dieter Rams for decades, and helpfully summarize his founding principles of good design with the following explanations:

Good design is innovative The possibilities for innovation are not, by any means, exhausted. Technological development is always offering new opportunities for innovative design. But innovative design always develops in tandem with innovative technology, and can never be an end in itself.

Good design makes a product useful: A product is bought to be used. It has to satisfy certain criteria, not only functional, but also psychological and aesthetic. Good design emphasizes the usefulness of a product whilst disregarding anything that could possibly detract from it.

Good design is aesthetic: The aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness because products we use every day affect our person and our well-being. But only well-executed objects can be beautiful.

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DP von Icecream 2 months ago (edited)

HAHAHAHAHAHA! This is brilliant! Look them straight in the eyes when you wipe!

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Mojones 2 months ago

Harry Pooper, the boy under the stains, eh stairs

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Good design makes a product understandable: It clarifies the product’s structure. Better still, it can make the product talk. At best, it is self-explanatory.

Good design is unobtrusive: Products fulfilling a purpose are like tools. They are neither decorative objects nor works of art. Their design should therefore be both neutral and restrained, to leave room for the user’s self-expression.

Good design is honest: It does not make a product more innovative, powerful or valuable than it really is. It does not attempt to manipulate the consumer with promises that cannot be kept.

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Carol Emory 2 months ago

Tour guide: "Originally there were only 27 floors in our hotel. The other 13 were added just recently..."

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Foxxy 2 months ago

Sometimes I wish I had back stories to these and the reason why these designs are the way they are.

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Good design is thorough down to the last detail: Nothing must be arbitrary or left to chance. Care and accuracy in the design process show respect towards the user.

Good design is environmentally-friendly: Design makes an important contribution to the preservation of the environment. It conserves resources and minimizes physical and visual pollution throughout the lifecycle of the product.

Good design is as little design as possible: Less, but better – because it concentrates on the essential aspects, and the products are not burdened with non-essentials. Back to purity, back to simplicity.

So three you have it, pretty simple right? If you are tasked with designing something and want to avoid the hilarious mistakes found in this list, check these principles off first and you should succeed!

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BusLady 2 months ago

How do they even get up there? Swinging on the chandelier?

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Carol Emory 2 months ago

Probably a conversion..not for school transport..someone lives in it.

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Foxxy 2 months ago

Okay is the sink in the cupboard or does the cupboard have a mirror and the sink is reflected in it?

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Carol Emory 2 months ago

If I remember right..some of these bathrooms are set up that as soon as you enter and lock the door to the stall, the walls go opaque so you can't be seen....

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Patrick McKemie 2 months ago

It's for CGI. You live in a small brick house, the neighbors see the Taj Mahal.

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Mojones 2 months ago

Have to admit, they nailed the dried vomit look

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Shawn 2 months ago

What was the architect smoking

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Shawn 2 months ago

Size does matter

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Jonathon Smith 2 months ago

"Has character" "Viewing essential"

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Dee Hunter 2 months ago

Who wouldn't love to rule from this throne ...

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Janine B. 2 months ago

Might work for the doggo though. lol

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Foxxy 2 months ago

Is the green mould from having carpet in the bathroom lol.

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BusLady 2 months ago

Sideways AND crooked. Was someone drunk?

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BusLady 2 months ago

"I'm out of paper. Could you pass some?"

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Bobert Robertson 2 months ago

Help! I’m trapped in a glass cage of emotion!

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Miss_Olivia 2 months ago

Fabulous

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Janine B. 2 months ago

Great way to make sure you don't put on too much weight.

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Dee Hunter 2 months ago

Bringing back the old roman times with a good morning chat on the latrine?

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Shawn 2 months ago

Fire hazard.

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Jonathon Smith 2 months ago

I've been in some places where they have a separate hose with its own tap in the bathroom. Not sure if that would have been intended here though.

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Jonathon Smith 2 months ago

I mean its inconvenient, but I do kind of like the idea of a tree in the middle of my house. Perhaps a little better displayed though

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BusLady 2 months ago

Instructions for using the air hand dryer: 1) Place hands under dryer to activate 2) rub hands together 3) wipe hands on pants.

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Ani Archeron 2 months ago

thought it was art? ding dong you are wrong

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