One of the saddest sights in the world is witnessing the aftermath of someone who really, really tried to do a great job, but just couldn’t quite cut the mustard. Sometimes, their error is so obvious that you wonder if they actually knew what they were supposed to be doing. Other times, the mistake they made is one that you could have easily made yourself.

51Useful Sign

52Doing as you are told

53Illusion 200%

54L.A. hotel with the bathtub in the living room

55Challenge Accepted

56Great Architect

57Too Many Manhole Covers

58Good Job

59At a hotel in Kerry, Ireland

60Yeah. A stupid built this

61Inception Stairs

62What's behind that door?

63Trust me, I'm an architect

64A fire escape in Spokane, WA

65When you hire cheap architects

66Let's hope you don't have any privacy issues

67At the Congress building in Biel-Bienne, Switzerland

68Emergency exit

69This epic fail was built at a design school

70Highway to hell

71Extra Balcony

72Crooked window

73Hold Me

74The building is safe now, boss

75That should hold it up


  1. Regarding #15: This is actually not a design fail. This is the Palm Hotel in King City, California, directly across the street from the high school I went to in the Nineties. It was intended as a way to catch the eye of potential customers; I even stayed there once when my hometown was flooded and evacuated in 1995.

    Thank you for including it, though; it was terrific to see. I was actually born in King City, so it’s kind of like coming home. 😀


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