October 29, 2020

70 Of The Most Bizarre And Diabolical-Looking Buildings Around The World

As it turns out there are some particularly evil-looking buildings out there. While not intentionally (we hope) the architect’s plan, most people can’t help to see a building’s more sinister side.

Architects around the globe have inspired us several times with their remarkable work. Seeing inspiring architecture can evoke the power of man’s imagination, a sense of chaos and beauty and an absolute wonder about the way the human brain works and create things. However, when these buildings are sighted, they bring an unsettling and spooky feeling with them.

Check them out below! Enjoy!

#1 Buzludzha, Bulgaria

Nikon Morris,KamrenB Photography

Humans are very strange and imperfect creatures. Quite why certain inanimate things look “evil”, “creepy” or “spooky” is hard to pin down.

But some studies have actually been conducted on just this subject. A group of psychologists in a 2013 study set out to try to find out what makes us feel uneasy around “creepy” things.

Their study, while preliminary, did yield some interesting insights.

“[Creepy is] about the uncertainty of threat. You’re feeling uneasy because you think there might be something to worry about here, but the signals are not clear enough to warrant your doing some sort of desperate, life-saving kind of thing,” explained Frank McAndrew, professor of psychology at Knox College in Illinois.

#2 Philadelphia City Hall, Philadelphia, USA

James Losey

#3 Mahanakhon Tower, Bangkok, Thailand

Jackrit Singhanutta

This apparently deep-seated psychological trait of our species is probably a hangover from our more “wild” past. In most cases being “creeped out” by something is simply a defense mechanism to prepare us for a potential threat – – like spider bites, etc.

After all its better to think you saw a tiger in that long grass and be wrong than not see anything and end up dead.

When it comes to things like buildings, our brain’s ability to “see” something that isn’t there (technically called pareidolia) is part and parcel of this evolutionary crafted instinct. But, as in the case of evil-looking buildings, this instinct can provide us with some morbid amusement.

#4 Polygone Riviera, France

polygone-riviera.fr,dominique andré

#5 Riverside Museum, Glasgow, UK

Targn Pleiades

#6 Catholic Church, Paks, Hungary

Sitkei Gábor

#7 Former Research Institute For Experimental Medicine, Berlin, Germany

Barrie Leach

#8 Bahnhof Office Built Into A Former Anti-Atomic Shelter, Stockholm, Sweden

Albert France-Lanord (A)rchitects

#9 Maison St Cyr, Brussels, Belgium

Andrew Peter Martin, Philippe GHESQUIERE-DIERICKX

#10 Fort Alexander (Plague Fort), Saint Petersburg, Russia

flappytowel

#11 Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral, Clermont-Ferrand, France

commons.wikimedia.org

#12 DC Tower I, Vienna, Austria

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Something about the design of this tower is deeply unsettling. No matter what kind of business is taking place inside, I would never want to be near one of those slanted windows. Talk about vertigo. This looks like a building you would find in the Matrix. 

#13 The National Library Of Belarus, Minsk, Belarus

SONY DSC – acornsoftware,ctv

#14 Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík, Iceland

Daniel Williams

#15 The Maze Tower, Dubai, UAE

citymetric.com

#16 Expiatori Del Sagrat Cor, Mount Tibidabo, Barcelona, Spain

Clouds swirl through the pillars of Sagrat Cor Church, high on a hill above Barcelona. Twenty minutes later a thunderstorm hit the city. – amoschapplephoto,Adrián Pino

#17Temppeliaukion Church, Helsinki, Finland

kosmologi,Jorge Láscar

#18 Oakley Headquarters, Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, USA

Ed McGowan

#19 Basque Health Department Headquarters In Bilbao, Spain

ALEIX BAGUÉ

#20 Aiguille Du Midi, French Alps

Frank Mulliez,Nick Chamnong

#21 Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi, UAE

AndersenFC,Aziz J.Hayat

#22 Ostankino Broadcast Tower, Moscow, Russia

Denis Murin

#23 Ryugyong Hotel, Pyongyang, North Korea

Roman Harak

#24 Taipei 101 Observatory, Taipei City, Taiwan

PC_Junkie

#25 Nakagin Capsule Tower, Tokyo, Japan

Sandro Bisaro,wakiiii

#26 Wedding Palace, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Dan Lundberg

#27 Pacific Design Center, Red Building, Hollywood, California, USA

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects,Jon Viscott

#28 The Bank Of America Center, Houston, USA

Mabry Campbell Follow

#29 Al Tijaria Tower, Kuwait City, Kuwait

usabin

#30 Cologne Central Mosque, Cologne, Germany

chanelmuslim.com

#31 Stamp House, Queensland, Australia

Charles Wright Architects, greenbuild

#32 Space Museum, Vancouver, Canada

Janusz Leszczynski

#33 Chongqing Art Museum, Chongqing Shi, China

Thomas

#34 Omv Borealis Refinery, On The German/Austrian Frontier

Ian Allen

#35 Science And Technology Centre, Pyongyang, North Korea

Reuters

#36 Kafka Castle, Sant Pere De Ribes, Barcelona, Spain

archdaily

#37 Svalbard Global Seed Vault (Seed Bank), Spitsbergen, Norway

Global Crop Diversity Trust

#38 Ilinden, Krushevo, Macedonia

jan kempenaers,Flyfifer Photography

#39 The United States Air Force Academy, Colorado, USA

Dave Soldano

#40 AT&T Building, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

imgur

Commenters have been quick to point out that this building bears an overwhelming resemblance to the ultimate evil building, the tower that holds the Eye of Sauron. There had to be a way to design this building without making it so that it looks like an evil wizard lives there when the fog rolls in.

#41 The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain

#42 Selfridges Department Store, Birmingham, England

devonvisitor,Darrell Godliman

#43 Jimbocho Theater, Tokyo, Japan

Nikken Sekkei

#44 Mcdonald’s, Roswell, New Mexico, USA

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#45 Graz Art Museum, Graz, Austria

Teillu,Reinhold Divitschek

#46 Geisel Library, La Jolla, California, USA

O Palsson

#47 Reiyukai Shakaden Temple, Tokyo, Japan

L. Felipe Castro,Berni Andrew

#48 College Life Insurance Company Headquarters, Indianapolis, USA

Jimmy Baikovicius

#49 Rio De Janeiro Cathedral, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Cyro A. Silva,PROMaria_Globetrotter

#50 Church Of St. Giovanni Bono, Milan, Italy

Il Conte Photography

#51 Atomium, Brussels, Belgium

Andrei Robu – RoSonic.photos, Sven Scho

#52 Kingdom Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

omrania.com

#53 Lyon Airport Train Station, Lyon, France

Vasily Baburov

#54 Beekman Tower, New York City, USA

José Rodrigues,Shabdro Photo

#55 Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, Beijing, China

worldarchitecture, Candy Shire

#56 Italian Fire Station, Margreid, Italy

Bergmeister Wolf Architekten

#57 Cathedral Of The Northern Lights, Alta, Norway

Adam Mørk

#58 The Queen Sofía Palace Of The Arts, Valencia, Spain

Niklas Bayrle

#59 Museum Of Modern Art, Niterói, Brazil

Sam.Seyffert

#60 Brattvåg Church, Norway

pianobutter

#61 Sathorn Unique Tower, Bangkok, Thailand

Benjamin Wießner aka kleiner hobbit,Earth-Bound Misfit, I

#62 Aluminium Centrum, Nieuwegein, Netherlands

Imacon Color Scanner – NO/me

#63 Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts, Kansas City, USA

Mike Day

#64 Hangzhou Congress Center, China

Peter Ruge Architekten

#65 Huzhou Hot Spring Resort, Huzhou, China

cestovani.idnes

#66 F&F Tower, Panama City, Panama

Mariordo

#67 King Abdulaziz Center For World Culture, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

lordk2022

#68 Parc Du Futuroscope, Poitiers, Poitou-Charentes, France

Laurie Dupuis

#69 The Timmelsjoch Experience Pass Museum, Brenner Pass, Italy

amusingplanet

#70 Lycée Sainte Marie-lyon, La Verpillière, France

Il Conte Photography