Shengyang Fangyuan Makes CNN’s World’s 10 Ugliest Buildings List

The Fangyuan Building in Shenyang, China.

From NetEase, Sohu, & ifeng:

CNN ranks the world’s top 10 ugliest buildings: Shenyang Fangyuan Building selected

A lifestyle and travel website owned by American Cable News Network (CNN) selected the top ten ugliest buildings in the world, with North Korea’s Ryugyong Hotel “ranked” at the top and Dubai’s Atlantis Hotel in second. Furthermore, the Fangyuan Building in Shengyang designed by renowned Taiwan architect C. Y. Lee was also selected.

1. Ryugyong Hotel (North Korea)

The Ryugyong Hotel in North Korea.

2. Atlantis Hotel (Dubai)

Atlantis Hotel in Dubai.

3. Palace of the Parliament (Romania)

Palace of the Parliament in Romania.

4. Zizkov Television Tower (Czech Republic)

Zizkov Television Tower in the Czech Republic.

5. Seattle Experience Music Project (United States)

Experience Music Project in the United States.

6. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (Vietnam)

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Vietnam.

7. Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral (England)

Metropolitan Cathedral in England.

8. The Portland Building (United States)

The Portland Building in the United States.

9. The Fang Yuan Building (China)

The coin-shaped Fangyuan Building in Shenyang, China.

10. Petrobras Headquarters (Brazil)

Petrobas Headquarters in Brazil.

Comments from NetEase:

警告你艹你没资格代表我 [网易湖北省武汉市网友]:

Doing a survey: Those who think the ugliest is Big Underpants [the Beijing CCTV Building], raise their penis.

吾在川上曰 [网易广东省网友]:

“Big Underpants” must be jealous of “Fang Yuan”!

警告你艹你没资格代表我 [网易湖北省武汉市网友]:

When I saw this news, the first one I thought of was also Big Underpants. At least in my opinion it is the ugliest.

楚门界 [网易广东省广州市天河区网友]:

The editor not including photos is completely for everyone’s benefit. When I went online to find a picture of Fangyuan, I vomited all over the floor!


For some reason I feel there are several that aren’t bad, or at least I’ve seen uglier ones.

网易浙江省杭州市网友 [银魂]:

However, CNN at the same time also said that because the definition of “aesthetics” is subjective, a more accurate description of this list should be the world’s top 10 “most controversial” buildings. Brother [CNN], don’t be modest, the Fangyuan Building is really ugly.


Fangyuan is indeed ugly
and kitschy.
The Petrobas building is okay,
it can be swapped with Big Underpants.

网易湖南省长沙市网友 [stwolf]:

I think all of the ones on the list are actually okay, their designs are rather creative.

网易辽宁省沈阳市网友 [weangc]:

Have you guys been to Shenyang before? Do you guys know the Fang Yuan Building’s geographic location? Do you guys know why it was built in the shape of an ancient coin?
Fangyuan Building is in Shenyang’s Financial Development Zone, which is also Shenyang’s North Railway district—–
Putting [a symbol of] China’s ancient monetary culture in the financial development zone is good, the idea being that nothing can be accomplished without standards and rules.
It is because Americans don’t understand Chinese culture that they say this [say Fang Yuan is ugly]…

NEispassfortheignoble [网易河北省廊坊市网友]:

The only reason the Ryugyong Hotel takes the top spot is because its purportedly meant to be a middle finger raised at the United States, and all people from America stay there.


I think these buildings are all rather good looking, they’re all not bad! Those so-called mainstream media, the moment they have some fame they start picking fault with others, using their own subjective aesthetics to put down everyone else’s aesthetics, what the hell~!

网易法国网友 [gaowei9327]:

This ranking doesn’t mean anything, the beauty and aesthetics of a building depends on culture, geography, race, country, civilization, history, and many other factors. You can’t make sweeping generalizations. For example, the Dubai one actually is very in line with their style, although the Shenyang one is truly really ugly. :(

What do you think are the world’s ugliest buildings?


Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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