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Turkey Starts Demolishing 'World's Most Ridiculous Building'

Turkey Starts Demolishing 'World's Most Ridiculous Building'

Saturday, 15 January, 2022 - 08:15
The building in the city center. (Asharq Al-Awsat)

The municipality of Kahramanmaraş, southern Turkey, has started demolishing the city's business complex known as the "world's most ridiculous building" because of its weird shape, and many useless, wide, empty spaces surrounded by columns.

The 18-story building has been widely criticized as it doesn't fit the landscape, architectural style, and historic structure of the city, and looks like an "atypical" establishment in its center.

Established in Trebizond Street, in the center of Kahramanmaraş, the yellow and blue building has become a prominent landmark, as it's located in one of its most crowded zones and could be spotted from anywhere. It even became a sign to guide those who ask for directions… Kahramanmaraş residents are now used to say, "the place you're looking for is in front, or behind or next to the 'yellow building'."

Kahramanmaraş' Mayor Hayrettin Güngör announced the municipality kicked off the three-month demolition project on January 12. The mayor previously talked about the municipality’s intentions to get rid of this building several times, although a businessman offered to buy it for 30 million Turkish liras to turn it into a hotel.

"Now we are carrying out the demolition of the building that affects the city's reputation and appears as the 'world's ugliest building' on Google when someone searches for the 'world's most ridiculous building' or 'world’s weirdest building,' because of its weird design, useless spaces, and its incompatibility with the silhouette of the area," Güngör explained.

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