One of Seattle’s most iconic buildings, the EMP Museum (formerly the Experience Music Project), just got super bagged on by architects and editors in California Home and Design magazine.

In the article, “25 Buildings to Demolish Right Now,” they wrote of the Frank Gehry building: “Even the best make questionable choices,” adding that  “admit it, from this angle, it’s pretty hideous.”

To California Home and Design we say, indeed, that angle is hideous. It’s the equivalent of having someone ask you if “these jeans make my butt look fat?” in a funhouse mirror.

The ugly building article even got a nod from the Huffington Post. That being said, other ugly buildings included the Portland Building representing our neighbors to the south, and the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., which will be home to the Brooklyn Nets.

But, as many tiny little men of rock have shown us, ugliness can sometimes be a blessing. And so, rock on with your ugly-ass self, EMP. Rock on. You are the Ronnie James Dio of architecture.

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  • gimmer

    Can we include the downtown Seattle Public Library?

  • Billy Bob

    How about the hideous Taco Time on 45th in Wallingford?

  • Guest

    I don’t like that this article is on GeekWire, a web site concerning “Dispatches from the Digital Frontier.” I expect to see this top-25 drivel on the Big Blog at the desiccated remains of the Seattle P-I, but not on an otherwise respectable news site.

    If there’s no news, please don’t post made-up news.

  • Old Guy

    So guest has nothing to add other than this doesn’t belong here in a technology blog about Seattle. Seems to me almost anything about Paul Allen businesses could legitimately be posted here. Perhaps he/she is just having a bad day and could not think of anything else to say. And as far as I am concerned this building could easily have been ranked number one. It is IMHO seriously ugly.

  • Jett

    I love EMP. From street level or when inside its an incredible structure especially the sky church. Admitedly the arial view is not pretty but thats not a buildling you wreck.

  • BW

    I wad just driving by the EMP and I thought to myself “we should just take that thing down”. The EMP had been a flop from the begining. Lack of clear focus and strategy for the project coupled with a horrible exterior has turned this once great idea into a Seattle eyesore.

  • Red Russak

    I bet if the building was located in LA, it would be seen as tasteful ;-)

  • Joe d’Coder

    When they were doing the Kingdom, a freind of mine was adamant that they shold have gone for a two-fer with the EMP.

  • mj16

    I was very skeptical when the EMP was first built, but since then I have experienced it up close. The critics must not have walked outside watching the light dance along the curved purple lines to the tune of music flowing over the open space. Once inside, the experience transcends a normal building bringing to life the beauty, chaos and creativity found in music. Yes, it looks pretty bad from the air. Clearly, that’s not a good measure of one’s value as we all look like insignificant specs from the air, which of course, we are not.

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