7 Colossal Architectural Blunders
1Navy Barracks Look Like a Swastika (Still!)
The Naval Amphibious base compound in Coronado, CA was built in the 1960s to house young sailors. It consists of 4 L-shaped buildings centered around a hub. Cut to 2007, when a diligent Google Earth surfer “discovered” that the building's configuration resembled a giant Nazi swastika. Architect John Mock defended his design, saying that the swastika wasn't intentional and that the building even won an award. Because of the uproar, however, the Navy apologized and said they would spend up to $600,000 on “landscaping and architectural modifications.” However, a recent visit to the site on Google Earth reveals that the design is still there, lending credence to a conspiracy theory that it was indeed intentional. Other “evidence” is detailed in an article in the Daily Kos, which points out that any building would not only have above-view blueprints, but there would also be a miniature model. Any person, especially one in the US military, would notice the swastika resemblance immediately. Another fun fact is that the buildings are built at the intersection of Tulagi and Bougainville, two streets named after World War II battles. Is it an innocent mistake or a deep conspiracy? Tell us what you think in your comments!
2The Standard Oil Building's Expensive Marble Flaw
It seemed like an elegant and unique idea at the time. The Standard Oil Building in downtown Chicago was, briefly, the city's tallest building when it was completed in 1974 (the Sears Tower took the mantel the following year). The architects decided that it would be a great idea to cover the building in Italian Carrara Marble. But the marble proved to be too fragile; during construction on December 25, 1973, a slab fell off and landed on a nearby building. Later, in 1985, cracks and bowing were discovered on many of the marble slabs. In 1990, the marble was replaced for an estimated $80 million dollars. The building is now known as the Aon Center.
3Las Vegas Vdara Hotel “Death Ray”
4“Ghost Mall” in China has No Stores
5Frank Lloyd Wright's Demolished Larkin Administration Building
6Seoul Building Design Looks Like the Collapsing World Trade Center
Was it an inadvertent blunder, or an insensitive gesture? Regardless, the design of this South Korean building caught international flak when its design was revealed in 2011. According to the building's Dutch architects, the area is supposed to represent a “pixelated cloud” which would feature a wellness center, swimming pool, and cafe. But to many people, especially those in the US, the building's structure reminded them of the exploding Twin Towers on September 11. The architects issued an apology and there was a rumor of a redesign, but as of now there is no official word.
7The Leaning Tower of Pisa - History's Most Beautiful Goof
“The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his client to plant vines.” - Architect Frank Lloyd Wright
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