Federation Square is Officialy an eyesore

   Posted by: Patrick   in In The news, Patrick

Just as I suspected all along, Federation Square is replusive.

Melbourne’s Federation Square has been labelled one of the world’s biggest eyesores in a new list compiled by a popular travel website.

The unique structure, which was opened in 2002, was heavily criticised in VirtualTourist.com’s “World’s Top Ten Ugliest Buildings” list.

“Frenzied and overly complicated, the chaotic feel of the complex is made worse by a web of unsightly wires from which overhead lights dangle,” it said.

It came in at #5 on the ugly list.


It’s defenders claim

Federation Square has been a subject of controversy since it was officially opened in 2002.

Architects who designed the building were reportedly sent huge volumes of hate mail from unhappy locals.

But the Federation Square website says the structure attracted a record 8.4 million visitors last year.

It claims the building is one of the two most-visited landmarks in Victoria, along with the Queen Victoria Market.

Define “visited”. If by “visited” you mean walking past or through it to get elsewhere then yes it probably is. The horrid thing is pretty much right in the middle of the city.

It is and always will be a horrid eyesore. Thats what happens when bureaucrats try so hard to be oh so “cutting edge”.

They say a camel is a horse designed by a committee. They only say that because everyone in the world knows what a camel looks like, but not everyone in the world knows what Federation Square looks like.

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I’m surprised it didn’t rank as #1. I’ve always felt that it is the ugliest building I’ve ever seen.
When I visited the building – that shouldn’t be taken as liked it – I was told that it is deliberately designed to confuse the tourist. No signs or indications of where anything is located.
If that’s not strange enough, the brick paving that is designed to discourage skate boards also manages to trip those who are unsteady on their feet.
A truly awful and ugly design.


November 24th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

What Lexcen said.


November 24th, 2009 at 11:50 pm

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