Top ten ugly Spanish buildings
Yes, it's true. Spain is blessed with countless buildings or world-class beauty — marvels like Barcelona's Sagrada Familia, the Alhambra in Granada and the City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia. But a belated rush to join the 20th century after decades of isolation under the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, and a credit-fuelled building boom have also left the country with its share of architectural eyesores. And while beauty is the eye of the beholder, we're sure you'll agree some of these buildings would have been better left on the architect's drawing board.
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WALDEN 7, Barcelona: Inspired by a sci-fi novel, this subsidized-housing apartment building was designed as a utopian vertical labyrinth, constructed from the remains of a cement factory. Sadly, architect Ricardo Bofill's building failed to live up to its lofty aspirations: in 1980, when only three of its 18 towers had been built, huge cracks started to appear and nets were wrapped around it to catch falling tiles until it was refurbished in 1995.