Beauty is subjective, beauty is in the eye of the beholder—most of us were taught to never judge a book by its cover. Or, more simply put, to not be superficial. However, scientists argue that aesthetic appreciation of beauty is hard-wired into our brains—we can’t escape it. Subconsciously or consciously, we all like to look at beautiful creatures, be it an animal, or a building.

Therefore, some people that are more leaning towards traditional architecture are worried that the notion of beauty in buildings is fading away. As cities all over the world are experiencing globalization, the newly designed buildings can sometimes look awfully alike, even if they were built thousands of miles apart. We’re all familiar with the glass boxes in the prestigious areas of cities, that, according to some, are lacking that certain kind of charm, or je ne sais quoi, that makes them unique in their own way. But before we get all judgy, we want to let you decide what you think of these building renovations. Bored Panda has made you a list of before and after pictures of some buildings around the world that were renovated in a way that didn’t sit right with some people. Do they look good to you? Scroll down below to see them all and tell us your opinion!

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Image credits: Tangopaso

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Image credits: Szawel Sauliazauras

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Image credits: Szawel Sauliazauras

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Image credits: City of Toronto Archives

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Image credits: L'évolution du patrimoine bâti

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Image credits: Trad_West_Arch

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Image credits: Szawel Sauliazauras

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Image credits: architectural.revival

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Image credits: Arch_Revival_

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Image credits: architectural.revival

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Image credits: Branko Milošević

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Image credits: Western_Trad

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Image credits: L'évolution du patrimoine bâti

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Image credits: skyscrapercity

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Image credits: skyscrapercity

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Image credits: architectural.revival

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Image credits: jordiaeiou

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Image credits: MrDiegolito

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Image credits: Trad_West_Arch

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Image credits: L'évolution du patrimoine bâti et des paysages au Québec

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Image credits: L'évolution du patrimoine bâti

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Image credits: skyscrapercity

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