10 Biggest Architecture Fails In The World!
Building designing is a specialized job. Though numerous creative architectures are designed every year but some of these make news for their flaws rather than for their unique designs. Below are listed ten of these architectural failures that are considered to be the biggest and worst of the lot.
10. Aon Centre
The third tallest building in Chicago, the Aon Centre was completed in 1973. Carrara marble was used exclusively in construction here and a slab detached in 1974 and crashed on Prudential Centre. The building had to be refaced at a cost of $80 million.
9. Playground At Pier One
The playground at Pier One in Brooklyn Bridge Park has swings that are hard to climb. Moreover these were build of steel and the average temperature on these slings was found to be more than 127 degrees. This drew lot of criticism and had to be replaced eventually.
8. John Hancock Tower
This 60 story skyscraper was designed in 1976 in Boston and was considered to be an architectural marvel. However, problems arose with the windows soon after and they started falling on the dwellers passing by. Eventually these had to be replaced at a whooping cost of $5 million.
7. Vdara Hotel And Spa
This hotel was opened in December 2009 and was designed in such a manner that solar rays beamed out of its glass to the hotel swimming pool area. Guests started complaining that the rays were burning their hair.
6. Tacoma Narrows Bridge
The third longest suspension bridge, the Tacoma Narrows was opened to public on July 1, 1940 and connected port city of Tacoma with Kitsap Peninsula. Inadequate girders led to collapse of this bridge within four months of its opening.
5. Lotus Riverside
Lotus Riverside is a residential complex in Shanghai. This is a 13 story building and has 11 different blocks. On June 27, 2009 one of these buildings collapsed and the same was attributed to unscientific excavation done in the area.
4. Ray And Maria Stata Centre
The centre opened in 2004 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The building was designed by Frank Gehry. Within 3 years of its designing, design flaws emerged and cracks emerged in walls and mold grew on its outer walls. The school had to pay $1.5 million for repairs of the building eventually.
3. W.E.B Du Bois Library
This library building is part of three libraries at University of Massachusetts and is the tallest library in United States. However, brick chips started shedding within two months and 60,000 books had to be moved out to repair the flaws in design of this library.
2. Kemper Arena
An indoor stadium in Kansas City, Kemper Arena opened in 1974. However, the roof collapsed on June 4, 1979. Thankfully, none was injured or killed in this incident.
1. CNA Centre
This high rise building opened in Chicago in 1972. In 1999, a window came loose from the 29th story causing fatality on ground. The windows had to be replaced for around $18 million and the windows are now regularly checked every month.