The ugliest buildings in the world: the Telegraph ranking

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La observation tower built for London 2012 Olympics inside the Olympic Park is the ugliest building ever. This is what the prestigious Telegraph has decreed which, like every year, has drawn up the ranking of the most horrid buildings in the world. Designed by archistars Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond, theArcelorMittal Orbit or more simply Orbit has the shape of DNA molecule, is made of steel and is 115 meters high.

A Manhattan there are many skyscrapers, not all of them are as beautiful as the Chrysler or the Empire State Building, but the Verizon Building or 375 Pearl Street, is the ugliest of all, according to the Telegraph which placed it in second place. Designed by Rose, Beaton Rose for the New York Telephone Company (now Verizon) and inaugurated in 1975, it is an imposing skyscraper that it appears to have no windows.

The third place on the podium is occupied by theAldar HQ building di Abu Dhabi. Designed by MZ Architects and inaugurated in 2010, it is the first circular building in Arabia. It was awarded as best example of futuristic design, but the Telegraph disagrees.

Among the most original buildings in the world is the famous Basket Building, in the shape of a wicker basket. It is the seat of the Longaberger Company, an American manufacturing company in the state of Ohio that produces baskets, but not only. Some may like it, but not the Telegraph.

Among the most particular there is also the Zizkov Television Tower in Prague. Made between 1985 and '92 as example of high tech architecture, this tower is located on the top of a hill in the Zizkov district, from which it takes its name. Its peculiarity lies in the sculptures of little babies trying to climb the tower.

With a very strange shape, the Grand Lisboa Hotel di Macau, in China, is a 58-story skyscraper designed by Chinese architects that was opened in 2007. Inside it houses the hotel and the casino considered to be the largest in the world.

La Slovak Radio Building in Bratislava has the form of an inverted pyramid: the architects wanted it to be the Slovakian answer to the Eiffel Tower.

In 21st place in the ranking we also find an Italian building: the Torre Velasca in Milan, one of the symbols of the city. Designed by Studio BBPR and built in just 292 days between 1956 and '57, it houses shops, offices and private apartments. The feature form the fungus, accentuated by the oblique beams, has always been the subject of irony. The Telegraph didn't like it. What about you?

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