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Evil-Looking Buildings That Will Freak You Out

By Robin Mei - November 12, 2016
Credits: Image: Daniel Ochoa de Olza / AP

Luna Park, Sydney

Not all of the buildings and shacks we have here are necessarily scary by themselves, but when put in a specific context or at a particular time in history, the overall impression may vary from amazing to alarming.

Take this photo for instance. It shows the entrance to Luna Park in Sydney, Australia. This place is known to be the home of fun, laughter and family entertainment, every day of every year but September 23, 2009.

That day the entrance to Luna Park looked more of the gates of hell, than anything else.

On September 23, 2009, a massive dust storm swept over the eastern part of Australia and turned the city of Sydney into what looked like a Mad Max-style post-apocalyptic scene.

Source: Dust storm in Australia

Ryugyong Hotel, North Korea

One of the weirdest looking buildings ever seen with the even more obscure story behind it is the Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea.

This massive structure is over 300 meters (984 feet) high and consists of three identical 100 meter-long (328 feet) triangular parts.

It is estimated that the total area of this building is about 360,000 square meters (3,875,000 square feet) and includes 3,000 rooms, several restaurants and many commercial sites. But they are all closed, or to be more precise they have never been put into operation.

The construction of this rather ambitious hotel started over 30 years ago. The leadership of North Korea initiated this project to prove that their engineers were up to the challenge of building this monster in less than three years.

It turns out, they were wrong and no one knows when the Ryugyong Hotel will be ready for the first guests, if ever.

Source: Ryugyong Hotel

The Space Needle, Seattle

The famous landmark of the city of Seattle known as the Space Needle was constructed for the 1962 World’s Fair. It remains one of the most incredible-looking buildings not only in the United States but the rest of the world, too.

The main reason the Needle is so remarkable is its height-to-width ratio which almost defies the laws of physics.

The Space Needle is nearly 184 meters (605 feet) tall and only 42 meters (138 feet) wide at its broadest part, but it can still face winds blowing up to 322 kilometers (200 miles) an hour and survive a magnitude 9.1 earthquake.

Despite the considerable height of the tower, it takes only 43 seconds to reach its peak. The elevators that shuttle tourists and other curious visitors to the observation deck of the Space Needle move at a brisk speed of 16 kilometers (10 miles) an hour.

Source: Space Needle

Four Towers, Madrid

Credits: Image: Daniel Ochoa de Olza / AP

The Cuatro Torres Business Area’s (CTBA) and its Four Towers in Madrid, Spain, found itself used as the backdrop for a stunning photo-op with a near-supermoon.

Elegantly framed between two of Spain’s four tallest buildings, this picture was captured on August 11, 2014. This red moon is officially classified as a waning gibbous, the less-sexy name for the moon the day before the spotlight-stealing supermoon.

When it comes to occurrences in the sky, the CTBA buildings, the tallest of which is only 89 centimeters (35 inches) higher than its neighbor, are used to it.

Upon the completion of the towers, Madrid’s primary airport had to change emergency flight paths in order to avoid them.

Sources: Cuatro Torres Business AreaStunning new photos of a glowing red Supermoon rising behind Madrid’s Four Towers skyscrapers  

Long Lines Building, New York City

A skyscraper with no view really sounds terrible, but it looks even more terrifying.

Known as the Long Lines Building, this 168-meter-tall (550 foot) tower situated at 33 Thomas Street in  Manhattan doesn’t have windows or balconies. It’s all concrete and steel and surrounded by lots of controversy.

The building was designed by John Carl Warnecke back in 1974 as the home of AT&T and its carrier exchanges for long distance telephone equipment, but not only that.

Some sources suggest that this very same building also serves as kind of a hub for National Security Agency (NSA) spying and contains equipment for very questionable data collecting and wiretapping. How convenient!

Source: Long Lines Building

Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption, France

A gothic cathedral situated in the very heart of Clermont-Ferrand, a picturesque city in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France, is one of the most impressive churches we know of, at least in that part of the world.

However, this cathedral is not so famous for its size nor relics, but its black awe-inspiring exterior that elicits equal parts fear and respect at the same time.

The Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption is entirely built of black lava rock. The construction began in the middle of the thirteenth century, but as it was frequently interrupted by wars and revolutions, it took over 650 years to be completed.

After it was finished, the cathedral became the most recognizable landmark of the city and continues to dominate the landscape of Clermont-Ferrand.

Source: Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral

Church of Scientology, Los Angeles

Some argue that the Church of Scientology is the most controversial religious organization of the 20th century and it continues to expand its influence all over the world in the 21st century too.

The United States remains the base for the majority of Scientologists, so it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that the main Scientology centers are located all over the country.

The official headquarters of the Church of Scientology are found in Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida, but with its frequent mentions in the media, it seems that California has an influential core of celebrities and well-known individuals following Scientology’s beliefs.

Moreover, many Hollywood-types are openly involved with the Church of Scientology, so the size and the overall impression of its headquarters in Los Angeles completely falls in line with tha — grandiose and pretty scary, just like Hollywood at times.

Source: Scientology

Comcast Center, Philadelphia

If you’ve ever imagined how Barad-dûr, a colossal tower belonging to the Dark Lord Sauron from The Lord of the Rings, would look like nowadays, maybe this picture could match your fantasy.

This building is known as the Comcast Center or the Comcast Tower and it’s located in the very heart of Philadelphia. With its impressive 297 meters (974 feet) in height, this structure is the second-tallest one in the city.

It’s also one of the most hated.

Thanks to its owner’s questionable reputation, many people refer to this building as doomed and even evil.

It’s hard to say if the building as a structure deserves to be labeled with such ominous epithets, but one thing is sure — the weather in this photo doesn’t help the Comcast Center at all.

Sources: Comcast Center, Philadelphia, Bad reputation: America’s Top 20 most-hated companies

The Unabomber Cabin

We all know how the look can be deceiving, but who would have ever guessed that something so small and cozy like this cabin could actually serve as a devil’s lair? Well, it turns out it could and did.

The mountain hut we have in this photo was home to a convicted terrorist for over 20 years.

Ted Kaczynski, better known as the Unabomber, used to live in this 3-by-3.7 meter (10-by-12-foot) remote cabin hidden in the woods near Lincoln, Montana, where he’d forge plans for attacks.

In 2006, ten years after Kaczynski’s arrest, the cabin and the rest of its seized items were sold in an auction. The cabin is now exhibited in the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Source: The Unabomber’s Cabin

Trump Tower, Chicago

As Chicago’s second-tallest building at 423 meters (1,389 feet) the Trump International Hotel & Tower is also the world’s highest reinforced concrete structure.

This all glass and steel monolith is definitely not the creepiest skyscraper we’ve ever seen, but it does have a rather creepy “secret.” This building is using water straight from the Chicago River for its massive cooling systems and directly endangers the life of the fish in it.

Some sources state that the Tower takes about 20 million gallons of water a day from the river, pumping it through its purification system and then pouring it back into the river — but almost 35 degrees hotter than when it came in.

The property’s building managers have been told by Chicago and federal officials to document their building’s environmental impact on the river. Of the 12 other highrises in the city ordered to file similar reports, the Trump Tower is the only one not to do so as of November, 2018.

Well, if that’s not creepy, we don’t know what is.

Source: Trump Tower, one of largest users of Chicago River water, has never met EPA rules for protecting fish, records show