THE Pixel Building on Queensberry Street, Carlton, has the dubious title of ninth ugliest building in the world, according to a web poll reported by Reuters.
The Grollo construction comes after such eyesores as the J Edgar Hoover building in Washington DC and London’s Royal National Theatre.
But why stop at Pixel, a carbon-friendly building that Tweeters described as a barbecue that threw up on itself? Melbourne has plenty of ugly ducklings to poke fun at.
Without any claim to being a design expert, the RMIT building on the corner of Franklin and Swanston streets is an assault, and, opposite, the towers that hold Hardrock indoor rock-climbing are also artlessly uninspired. Continuing along Swanston Street, the blue Electrical Trades Union building appears like a Stalinist mirage and, further along, a block of serviced apartments in pastel hues makes the eyes cry.
Even after a design update, the cheese grater building (so called because of a conical flourish in a prior design) on the corner of Kerr and Napier streets in Fitzroy gained weeping agreement among our Twitter friends that it, too, should have been considered for the ugly list.
Some even suggested Federation Square, but would they be happy staring at the old brown Gas and Fuel building? Don’t think so.
Give us your suggestions on Twitter @melbtimes.