Travel Picks: Top 10 ugly buildings around the world

Fri Jul 15, 2011 8:24am EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but then again, so is ugliness and the members and editors of travel website ( have some very strong opinions about buildings that fall into the latter category.

With this in mind the site has announced its third annual list of the world's top 10 ugliest buildings and asked Mark Baez, A.I.A. and Principal Project Designer at Venice, California-based M Designs to comment on the final list.

Of one particularly unsightly choice Baez asked "An exercise in geometry in dire need of an exorcism?"

Reuters has not endorsed this list:

1. Sheffield Hallam University; Sheffield, U.K.

Resembling a mash up of a Jiffy Pop package, a salad spinner, and a food processor, this unusual complex was originally built as the National Center for Popular Music. When it closed down after just over a year of business it was sold to Sheffield Hallam University and is now the school's student union.

2. Grand Lisboa Hotel; Macau

With a solid resemblance to the I Dream of Jeannie lamp, this flashy structure can at least be admired for its campiness. As if it weren't flashy enough as is, the exterior actually lights up with over one million colorful LED lights.

3. M2 Building; Tokyo-to, Japan   Continued...

<p>Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, United Kingdom is seen in a handout photo. REUTERS/Mark Morton/Handout</p>