Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Ugly old Beehive

New Zealand's Parliament Building has been named the third ugliest building in the world by tourism website VirtualTourist.com, which describes the Beehive as a "a slide projector that fell on a wedding cake that fell on a waterwheel" – a process, to be honest, that would probably provide a more attractive outcome.

 Says the Herald, where you can vote (or at least comment) on its ugliness:

    “The Morris A. Mechanic Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland was deemed the ugliest building, with VirtualTourist editors decrying its "grim, impersonal fa├žade," while the Zizkov Television Tower in Prague was named second-ugliest building.
    “Others to make the list were Paris' Pompidou Centre, Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum and Melbourne's Federation Square.”

Shite-In-Toronto I confess to a quiet affection for the Pompidou Centre, but the others are deserving candidates all: perfect examples of the collision of politics and architecture.  (Federation Square might make the top just on dollars-spent-per-branch that it hit while falling out of the ugly tree.)

And while there’s stiff competition – that’s the museum on the right, by the way, that must make residents of Toronto glad that it’s too cold there to go out on the streets for six months at a time – the Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea only makes number ten this year, a remarkably poor performance for what some would consider a deserving champion.

Meanwhile, we can but dream about the most deserving fate for Wellington’s wedding cake:

 

Don’t you think it looks far more attractive as a ruin? And just think what we could save if it were brought about this week?

6 comments:

  1. It'd look better yet with dead bodies of MPs hanging from the structure and scattered around the pond there.

    Yup.

    That'd be the ticket.

    LGM

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  2. I blow hot and cold about the design of the Pompidou in Paris. Richard Rogers also designed the building in which my favourite Hi-FI systems are manufactured, Linn Products.

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  3. Actually, the burnt edifice of the 'hive reminds me a little of an amphitheater. Perhaps we could see off the MP's as they take each other on in the arena?

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  4. I often wondered if that might not be an alternative to this whole "democracy" thing that everyone keeps going on about: on each issue, each side/party/team/interest-group picks a champion, and policy is determined by a fight to the death, broadcast live.

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  5. Well BK, I think of a fashion, that IS what happens now.

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  6. Did a UFO crash into that museum? What is that?

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