Beehive voted 3rd ugliest building in the world

  • Breaking
  • 20/11/2009

Wellington's Beehive, home of the New Zealand Government's executive, ranks as the third ugliest building in the world according to a tourism website list.

The Beehive gets its slating from VirtualTourist.com in its newly released second annual list of the "World's Top 10 Ugly Buildings" - as decided by its members and editors.

"Many of these buildings don't have the warmth of an ice cube while others don't even seem completed. Either way, they make for very interesting conversation," said VirtualTourist.com general manager Giampiero Ambrosi.

The site described the Beehive as "a slide projector that fell on a wedding cake that fell on a waterwheel."

The Beehive's design was conceived by noted British architect Sir Basil Spence and is said to have been first drawn on a luncheon napkin.

Spence drew the original sketch plans in 1965 but severed links with the project the following year.

The plan was subsequently developed by government architects.

The 14-storey building, two of them below ground, was begun in 1969 after the century-old Government House that stood on the site was torn down, and completed in 1981.

Here are top 10 ugly buildings rated by the American-based website....

1. Morris A. Mechanic Theater; Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Looking at the grim, impersonal facade of this once-thriving theater, it's hard to believe its stage once hosted the likes of Katherine Hepburn and George C. Scott. Although it would be ugly without them, the windows boarded up with wood certainly don't help matters. Its doors now closed, many locals feel the final curtain should have come down on this building long ago.

2. Zizkov Television Tower; Prague, Czech Republic

While its ugliness could easily stand on its own, the installation of small, climbing babies by the artist David Cerny transformed this tower from an eyesore to a head-shaker.

3. The Beehive, Wellington, New Zealand

A slide projector that fell on a wedding cake that fell on a waterwheel is one description of the Executive Wing of the New Zealand Parliament Buildings, also known as "The Beehive". Its proximity to the neighbouring Edwardian neo-classical Parliament House only accentuates its unattractiveness.

4. Centre Georges Pompidou; Paris, France

When looking at the primary colour-coded ducts constructed on the outside of this modern art museum, one quickly sees why these elements are usually hidden.

5. Federation Square; Melbourne, Australia

Billed as "Melbourne's Meeting Place", this frenzied and overly complicated square has a chaotic feel made worse by a web of unsightly wires from which overhead lights dangle.

6. Petrobras Headquarters; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A cross between a penitentiary and an unfinished Lego creation is one member's description of this dreary, block-like structure which occupies a prominent place in the city's downtown area. To make matters worse, exterior slats give the illusion that the building is actually falling apart.

7. Markel Building; Richmond, Virginia, USA

Although it sounds like urban legend, this futuristic building was inspired by a baked potato served to the architect during a dinner for the American Institute of Architects.

8. Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, Royal Ontario Museum; Toronto, Canada

What I.M. Pei's pyramid is to the Louvre, so is the relatively new Michael Lee-Chin Crystal to the Royal Ontario Museum. While many praise the glass structure, just as many are troubled by the incongruity to the original, more traditional museum that still sits directly beside it.

9. National Library; Pristina, Kosovo

It's hard to know whether the honeycomb-pattern mesh that coats the outside of this library enhances or worsens this bizarre structure. It's been said that when the building first opened, some thought the giant net-like feature was actually scaffolding.

10. Ryugyong Hotel; Pyongyang, North Korea

Riddled with issues that range from lack of money to poor construction to rumoured collapse, this still unfinished building has been under some form of construction for over 20 years.

Reuters said it did not endorse the list.

The US-based virtualtourist website claims almost two million members who rate various tourist attractions, hotels and other aspects of travel.

NZPA

 

 

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