Top 5 of what shouldn’t be done to buildings…

As an architect, you should definitely not…

#5 …copy Paris one by one, or any other city.

This is a view of the Tianducheng development in Hangzhou, China. Despite being built as a replica of Paris, the town has not proved popular and is virtually empty

Tianducheng development in Hangzhou, China. An empty town.

Plush: This resident stands on the balcony of his apartment at the development, admiring the empty streets below


#4 …draw the exterior of a building and not really give importance about how it works inside.

Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, by Frank Gehry (related article here).




#3 …try to represent objects or animals.

The Longaberger Basket Company building in Newark, Ohio. Opened in 1997.

The Longaberger Basket Company, Newark, Ohio. Opened in 1997. Picture: Alamy.


The Elephant Building in Bangkok, Thailand, by Sumet Jumsai. 1997. Picture: Alamy


#2 …build a mountain on the roof.

A Chinese Professor spent a lot of time, efforts and money to build this mountain in his garden. Questionable from an aesthetical point of view, it appears to be dangerous as well: neighbours reported cracks appearing in the ceiling and walls.

Distraught residents living beneath the man-made mountain have complained of structural cracks appearing in their ceilings and walls

The eccentric professor appears to have incorporated ornaments and plants into his enormous rooftop extension

Penthouse living: Mr Lin could be ordered to tear down penthouse if it is deemed as unsafe


#1 …forget the lift.

When you draw a skyscraper, you definitely shouldn’t forget the lift.

The Intempo Tower, built in Alicante, Spain, was originally designed with 20 storeys – with lift – but developers later decided to extend it to 47 storeys. However, they didn’t remember to let enough space for the lift for the other 27 storeys.



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