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What Is London's Ugliest Building?  
User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1640 posts, RR: 28
Posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3462 times:

What is the ugliest building or complex in all of London?

In my first year here in London (from the USA), I have seen several candidates for London's ugliest building:

1) Guy's Hospital Tower at the Guy's campus of King's College London (adjacent to London Bridge Station)--the all-concrete, 30+-storey tower with a lecture theatre projecting out of its 30th floor (by the way, I attend that same campus!).

2) Brunswick Centre--the ugly concrete shopping centre/apartment block that sits across the corner from my student residential hall (near Russell Square).

3) Many of the concrete apartment blocks all over the city.

Please nominate your ugliest-building-in-London candidate!

SmithAir747


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User currently offlineBritish767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 284 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3458 times:



They call it "The Gherkin". I call it "The Giant Dildo".


User currently offlineTPASXM787 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3456 times:

Quoting British767 (Reply 1):
They call it "The Gherkin". I call it "The Giant Dildo".

LMAO!



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User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3452 times:

Ben, how can you not like the erotic gherkin?! It's better than the other buildings around it, like the Aviva Tower



Tom

[Edited 2005-04-30 20:05:30]

User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26815 posts, RR: 75
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3435 times:

Quoting British767 (Reply 1):
They call it "The Gherkin". I call it "The Giant Dildo".

Total agreement. That thing is bad.



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User currently offlinePA110 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2017 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3422 times:
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The ugliest building has to be the Lloyds Building in the City of London.


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User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3394 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3416 times:

Guy's Hospital is worst. I like the gherkin.


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User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3405 times:

So many to choose from...

...Centre Point, the Lloyd's Building, the South Bank Centre, any number of ghastly council tower blocks in the run-down areas...


User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16367 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3360 times:

Post Office Tower.


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User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8373 posts, RR: 23
Reply 9, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3355 times:

Quoting British767 (Reply 1):
They call it "The Gherkin". I call it "The Giant Dildo".

Holy freakin' crap I can't believe they built it like that! I thought "giant dildo" before I even saw your post! Big grin



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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13200 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3321 times:

Regrettably, there are many ugly buildings in London, mostly replacements for those so many buildings destroyed in WWII. Far too many of those post-war replacement buildings were just slabs of gray concrete thrown together and often they are not even very good structuraly. The Post Office Tower is not very nice, but does have a function I believe, for TV and radio transmission towers. The Lloyds of London building is very ugly from the outside - I think a frenchman designed it - but is quite functional from the inside.
There are of course many excellent buildings in London, from the Banquating House, St. Paul's Cathredal, the Parlament buildings, the many rows of West End townhomes, to numerous small gems.


User currently offlineCURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 940 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3320 times:

Quoting British767 (Reply 1):
They call it "The Gherkin". I call it "The Giant Dildo".

I noticed there's a very similar tower being built in Barcelona, Spain. Same architect?



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User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11955 posts, RR: 46
Reply 12, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3259 times:



Now give us back the runners up spot...  Wink

Thom@s



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User currently offlineCatatonic From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1155 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3245 times:

Quoting CURLYHEADBOY (Reply 11):
I noticed there's a very similar tower being built in Barcelona, Spain. Same architect?

Your mistaking Gaudi for Gaudy.



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User currently offlineCURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 940 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3226 times:

Quoting Catatonic (Reply 13):
Your mistaking Gaudi for Gaudy.

Nope. There's a building that's really similar in Barcelona, it's just more colorful and with less glass in it, not too far away from the new opera house. Maybe some Spanish a.netter could help me.



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User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5569 posts, RR: 36
Reply 15, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3198 times:

Quoting British767 (Reply 1):
They call it "The Gherkin". I call it "The Giant Dildo"

I think this building is absolutely cool. Not as boring as many other towers.


User currently offlineBananaBoY From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1589 posts, RR: 22
Reply 16, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3186 times:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/3126946.stm

The Barbican. That place is awful.



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User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2853 posts, RR: 25
Reply 17, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3179 times:

Quoting CURLYHEADBOY (Reply 14):
Nope. There's a building that's really similar in Barcelona, it's just more colorful and with less glass in it, not too far away from the new opera house. Maybe some Spanish a.netter could help me.

Absolutely true! It is close to where my friend in Barcelona lives and next door to the "las Glorias" Shopping centre.

Some people in Barcelona call it "Barcelona's d*ck" LOL

MIAspotter



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User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4130 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3172 times:



Can someone put images of these places?



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User currently offlineCatatonic From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1155 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3169 times:

Quoting Mdsh00 (Reply 18):
Can someone put images of these places?

Here you go:




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User currently offlineFlyLondon From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3147 times:

Quoting BananaBoY (Reply 16):
The Barbican. That place is awful.

I was waiting for someone to bring this up. You don't have to live in it, some of us do! But seriously its actually quite nice if you actually go inside, the apartments around the lake are extremely coveted.


User currently offlineBananaBoY From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1589 posts, RR: 22
Reply 21, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3135 times:

Quoting FlyLondon (Reply 20):
But seriously its actually quite nice if you actually go inside, the apartments around the lake are extremely coveted.

This I have heard and I am sure the property prices are premium.

The complex as a whole though is incredibly awkward to actually navigate on foot and asthetically a disaster. It is this kind of 70's planning that I detest.. what on earth were they thinking?

Mark



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User currently offlineCURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 940 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3132 times:

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 17):
Absolutely true! It is close to where my friend in Barcelona lives and next door to the "las Glorias" Shopping centre.

Some people in Barcelona call it "Barcelona's d*ck" LOL

Ok, found it  Smile

It's called the Agbar Tower.

Couldn't find a better picture but it's very similar to the London one isn't it?






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User currently offlineBohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2749 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3107 times:

I can see the trend this thread will start. Now we will have a whole bunch of threads asking what is the ugliest building in __________? (insert name of city)  Big grin

User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1640 posts, RR: 28
Reply 24, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3091 times:

As I said before, Guy's Hospital Tower is one of the ugliest London towers.

I've been inside it myself, and it's actually a time warp for me! The interior looks so much like any American hospital would have looked like in my childhood (1970s and 1980s)--very plain and utilitarian. I've been in hospital so often in my childhood that my memories are vivid. Guy's Hospital reminds me so much of the "old" Riley Hospital for Children (Indianapolis, IN, USA) and St. Louis Children's Hospital (St. Louis, MO, USA) (before the new SLCH opened in 1984). Back then, the dominant interior colour was white, and decor and furnishings were sparse. The interior atmosphere was cold and sterile.

The same can be said for the interior of Guy's Hospital. Now you have an insider's view of Guy's Hospital.

SmithAir747



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25 Ryanb741 : Hey Smithair747 - I went to King's (based at the Strand campus). How are you finding life at KCL?
26 Post contains links and images Willo : The National Theatre - what were they thinking when they built this soulless monstrosity?
27 SmithAir747 : Response to Ryanb741: I'm enjoying my life at KCL--I'm based at Guy's campus (site of the infamous Guy's Hospital Tower), studying biomedical sciences
28 GDB : And what is wrong with having a building that to those of a certain mind, looks like a dildo? At least you are talking about it. When Christopher Wren
29 JGPH1A : It is not only ugly, but depressing - all those dank concrete stairwells and mugger's delight passage-ways - euwuww ! That whole South Bank area shou
30 Post contains images QANTASFOREVER : Demolish the bloody thing. QFF
31 Post contains images JGPH1A : Treason ! And from a Colonial too ! Off with his head !
32 Post contains images Gkirk : Terminal 2 at Londres Heathrow Airport. An airport terminal where I cant fit through the doors. Signed, JGPH1A - Walking whale/A380
33 QANTASforever : :O Seriously - not cool JGPH1A. You do not use the "c" word. QFF
34 Post contains images Banco : Given that when anyone dares say something about your beloved Australia you have a tantrum, it's a bit hypocritical of you to suggest blowing up our Q
35 QANTASforever : Banco - must I remind you she's as much ours as she is yours? And I was kidding before, by the way. I had no idea you were such a royalist. QFF
36 Bill142 : Thats a bit extreme? just kick the current tennant out and turn it into the QFF museum of how the British Royal family was defeated.
37 Post contains images Banco : Bugger, bugger, bugger. You didn't bite.
38 QANTASforever : THAT'S GENIUS!!! Although perhaps it could be better as a 'pied-a-terre' for the rare occasions when I visit London. QFF
39 Post contains images Gkirk : Aah, so you do visit the motherland then
40 GQfluffy : Yeah. Don't go all "Yankee" on the Queen like we did back in the day. fluffy
41 AAFLT1871 : I think you mean smoking!
42 QANTASforever : If the "motherland" as you call it was a person, then it would be Vicky Pollard - and Australia would be one of her attractive, bi-racial children. I
43 Banco : Indeed so. And unlike the Australians they even managed to create a decent society out of it. Quite brilliant they are.
44 QANTASforever : The more you dangle that carrot, the more likely you are to end up eating it yourself. But I give you props Banco - it takes brains to make fun of Au
45 Post contains images JGPH1A : Or extracting it from some other bodily orifice, if QFF really gets colonial on your ass ! Ooops - that ''c'' word again - do your worst, I am unafra
46 Post contains images Gkirk : JGPH1A has just been killed in a shocking display of fighting by Qantasforever
47 QANTASforever : That is one "c" word - if you had used another this conversations would have turned very very serious, very very quickly. Give it time.... Winds in t
48 Post contains images Banco : That's a shocking piece of timing. JGPH1A has just challenged me to a duel as well! If the man is too cowardly to show, then I claim victory! QFF, as
49 JGPH1A : No way ! I'll end up impaled on a spike in the Place Grimaldi, subjected to the mockery of Monagasques - oh the ignominy !
50 Myt332 : Not the first time.
51 JGPH1A : First time in Monaco. (Crude, lascivious boy !)
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