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Exploring the world’s most evil buildings

Fit for a supervillain.


Luke Winkie

Internet Culture

Posted on Jul 4, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 12:29 pm CDT

Welcome back to a regular feature here at the Daily Dot where we look at some of the most popular posts on some of Reddit’s more distinctive communities. It’s wonderfully specific; in the past we looked at the neon daydreams of r/outrun, the fallacy of gentle masculinity on r/niceguys, and the “survivors” of r/survival. 

Today, we’re turning our attention to r/evilbuildings, which, as you imagine, is a reliquary for all the unintentionally malefic architecture dotting the globe. We all love the buildings that, at least for a moment, convince us that the Decepticons might actually exist. Enjoy!

At 2,367 upvotes, the most miserable place on earth.

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These have to be the most anxiety-inducing buildings ever, right? Like, was “create the saddest, most dehumanizing structures imaginable” part of the design doc? I’m very confused.

At 1,744 upvotes, Big Brother is watching you.


This is a hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea, which is about as hilarious as it is tragic. There are two possibilities. One, Kim Jong Il was a lunatic who couldn’t create genuine, optimistic beauty even if he tried—or two, he was actively trying to demoralize his people.

At 1,686 upvotes, Mussolini’s amazing horror house.

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As it turns out, kids, a Kafka-esque hellscape did actually exist for a few years in fascist Italy. Count your blessings.

At 1,602 upvotes, the monolith.

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This is the AT&T building in downtown New York. Wanna make your profile extra sinister? Try building something with no windows.

At, 1,566 upvotes, a lesson in nomenclature.

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This is the Black Cathedral in France. The name “black cathedral” sounds like a name that describes some place where demons live in World of Warcraft. You really should try avoid that at all costs—even if video games haven’t been invented yet.

At 1,411 upvotes, the place where the bad guys from G.I. Joe live.

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Apparently this is actually a fire station, but I’m too savvy to buy that, Cobra.

At 1,089 upvotes, something wicked this way comes.

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Yeah, I’m 99 percent sure this was built by some goofy mom who gives out weird treats on Halloween, but I’ll prefer to consider this as Dracula’s seasonal residence, OK? 

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*First Published: Jul 4, 2016, 9:30 am CDT