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Is it ugly?
Ugh, what is that? 14%  14%  [ 2 ]
Is that even a building? 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
It doesn't even look like a shopping center 21%  21%  [ 3 ]
Thank god they tore it down 21%  21%  [ 3 ]
No, it's architecture 43%  43%  [ 6 ]
Total votes : 14
02 Jan 2009, 9:12 pm

This was voted #4 ugliest building in the UK in 2001.

In case anyone doesn't know, this place is The Tricorn and it was a shopping center built in 1966 and it had flats too. But they were never full, they were always vacant. It also had a parking garage. The place was torn down in 2004.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tricorn_Centre



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02 Jan 2009, 9:30 pm

I've never been a fan of modern art much less modern archetecture.

Bleh...ugly and dull IMO.


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02 Jan 2009, 9:48 pm

Hey, as long as its different then all these basic bla bla buildings, its creative even though not pretty.
Look at it this way, an ugly building offsets the others making them look better.
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02 Jan 2009, 10:05 pm

Architecture went through a horrible phase 40–50 years ago. New British homes are still banal-looking, but at least pebbledash is by and large obsolete. I'd like to nominate my old high school, a crumbling pebble dash monstrosity. There aren't any pictures of it on the internet as the school wouldn't be too keen on showing what its building looked like.



02 Jan 2009, 10:08 pm

MissConstrue wrote:
I've never been a fan of modern art much less modern archetecture.

Bleh...ugly and dull IMO.



I have an interest in abandon buildings. That is how I found out about Detroit and this.



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02 Jan 2009, 10:37 pm

Oh hey, no wonder you talked about abandoned places, I enjoy them as well, provided their close enough for me to go explore.



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03 Jan 2009, 12:24 am

***SCIENTIFIC PROOF TWOSHOTS HAS AWFUL TASTE***

Y'know, I actually kind of like Brutalism...


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03 Jan 2009, 12:38 am

Hey, it looks like the University of East Anglia!



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03 Jan 2009, 12:59 am

Reminds me of reading The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.



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03 Jan 2009, 2:19 am

...am I the only one that likes it? It looks interesting.



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03 Jan 2009, 2:20 am

I like it too. It could use a little color, but I like it.


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03 Jan 2009, 10:11 am

Spokane_Girl wrote:
This was voted #4 ugliest building in the UK in 2001.

In case anyone doesn't know, this place is The Tricorn and it was a shopping center built in 1966 and it had flats too. But they were never full, they were always vacant. It also had a parking garage. The place was torn down in 2004.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tricorn_Centre



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That is what I'd describe as "a monument to miserable Britain" (James May from British TVs Top Gear referred to a 1960s towerblock as that too, where I got that from)

60's archetecture(sp?) is the most horrendous in the whole of Britain... and living in the UK I have had to see my fair share of it, like people had no sense of design in the 60s... and liked to use tons of concrete


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03 Jan 2009, 7:43 pm

Pikachu, I totally agree. 60s British architecture is just awful.

Spokane Girl, do you have a link to the list you refer to?
I think I remember seeing it, and I remember Cumbernauld Town Shopping Centre was on the list somewhere.

Le Corbusier has a lot to answer for ...



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03 Jan 2009, 8:03 pm

We have something similar in Greensboro, NC. The City government buildings were built in the late 70s, had sort of a concrete 'bunker' look to them.

Actually, there were some pretty hideous buildings in Washington DC for a good long while.



03 Jan 2009, 8:18 pm

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Pikachu, I totally agree. 60s British architecture is just awful.

Spokane Girl, do you have a link to the list you refer to?
I think I remember seeing it, and I remember Cumbernauld Town Shopping Centre was on the list somewhere.

Le Corbusier has a lot to answer for ...



I posted a link to the wiki article about the place in my OP.

If you were talking about if I have a link for the list of the brutalist structures, here it is:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_br ... structures

The town center you just mentioned:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cumbernauld_town_centre



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04 Jan 2009, 9:38 am

In Scotland there is the "Plook on a Plinth" award, which is for the "Most Dismal Town" in Scotland.

Cumbernauld's shopping centre has been a big factor in helping the town win the award a couple of times, if not more, in the last decade.