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The Fang Yuan Building, Shenyang, China

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This 25-floor office building, finished in 2001 in the northeastern capital of Liaoning
Province, is a weird mishmash of ideas. One is a reference to old Chinese coins, which have square
cutouts—just like the structure’s square center. Other parts of the design are like a
garden-variety corporate building, with a concrete base and, on the sides, steel rims with glass
grooves.

The Ugly Truth: Princeton-educated Taiwanese architect C. Y. Lee, who designed
Taipei 101 (the world’s tallest building until last year), wanted to meld East and West. In
this creation, urban concrete-and-steel commercial structure meets ancient Chinese currency.

The World's Ugliest Buildings

The Fang Yuan Building, Shenyang, China

This 25-floor office building, finished in 2001 in the northeastern capital of Liaoning
Province, is a weird mishmash of ideas. One is a reference to old Chinese coins, which have square
cutouts—just like the structure’s square center. Other parts of the design are like a
garden-variety corporate building, with a concrete base and, on the sides, steel rims with glass
grooves.

The Ugly Truth: Princeton-educated Taiwanese architect C. Y. Lee, who designed
Taipei 101 (the world’s tallest building until last year), wanted to meld East and West. In
this creation, urban concrete-and-steel commercial structure meets ancient Chinese currency.

Best View Stock/Alamy

The World's Ugliest Buildings

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