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The World's Ugliest Buildings
National Library, Minsk, Belarus
You can’t really hate this glass-paneled, 23-story rhombicuboctahedron (a solid with 8
triangles and 18 squares), complete with color-changing LEDs to make it sparkle at night. After
all, it’s difficult to begrudge a library with such mojo. But the designers should have
stopped there. Instead, what’s referred to as “the diamond” sits atop a geometry
equation gone wrong—tiered circles, huge triangles, winglike flaps.
The Ugly Truth: The winners of a government-sponsored search, architects Michael
Vinogradov and Viktor Kramarenko, were expected to make a statement. The government wanted
tourist-attracting drama, a desire that seems to have been fulfilled; the 2006 opening attracted a
flurry of attention.