Monday, January 30, 2023



This week I may revisit some sites that I have posted about before, checking in and looking at updates . . .

First batter up: Ugly Belgian Houses

Belgian architect Hannes Coudenys makes it his mission to document ugly Belgian houses, see

Why are there so many Ugly Belgian houses? I’m still not clear, although Coudenys said in an interview: “The Dutch have been ruling us, France has been ruling us, we have always had to be brave little Belgians. We were finally being set free and subsidized to do what we want. After school, you find a girl, you get married, and you build your own house, and it’s not OK for it to look like the neighbors’ houses.”

Some pics and reader comments, headings by Coudenys . . . .


Accident waits to happen

The house suddenly jumped onto the tracks!

Never too late for the train. And the train is in time too.

That's Magritte's house. The train enters through the fireplace.

I think it's cute! I just wish the attachment did not look like a box ?πŸ™„πŸ€”

Buy a house get half extra!

Google street view only goes back to 2009, but based on that, we can predict the facade of these houses will likely shift another 1.5 meters to the left in the next 10 to 15 years time.
It's only a matter of time before the house on the right dominates the other two dwellings out of existence before it will itself metamorphosise into an apartment block.
Such is the life of buildings on the Belgian plains.

I can't tell what is separating those two roofs but it looks like a huge bead of caulk lol

There’s so much happening in this pic, it looks like it was composed by an AI

Half extra on one side, yes .. But what about the half on the other side?

The neighbour even has a 1/2 garage !

Looks like the house in the middle lost her front door to the house on the right and consequently confiscated the frontdoor of the house on the left.

You ain’t nothing but an ugly house dog

When you want a dog but don't want to feed it..

I love that dog! ♥️🐢♥️

I like that they have trees and bushes. So many of the houses I see have nothing but concrete.

Who let the dog out?

50 shits of grey

This really hurts my eyes

Must be a BAT relation. (Building apart together). πŸ˜‰

I love it when you can tell that the neighbors love each other... 😘

I got it one piece at a time and it didn't cost me a dime🎢

This is what you get when the planning officer loses a bet with the architect.

There ARE rules as to what you can and cannot build in Belgium. Seriously there ARE!..........

...I know ..hard to believe is it ?

They really look good friends though.

Love my neighbour

It’s an ugly beigeian house.

Citroen Citrout

This is actually rather amazing!

Almost a Rene Magritte painting. Surrealism is a way of life in Belgium.

I wanted to not like it, but I failed.... I want to live in Belgium. ❤

I like it except that it’s not centered on the wall, and the roofline is asymmetrical

That’s not ugly

Amenagement a trois (avec un ami)

(No, I have no idea what it means)

Nice try! But 2 symmetric wrongs don’t make one right! 😜

And the car comes with it...

Which is uglier the house or the car in front?

Someone left their trolley outside...

I see a red roof and I want to paint it black (too)

Honey, I shrunk the house.

Is this a garage that was promoted to a house?


At least the mailman knows where to be


Are they serious? πŸ€”πŸ™„πŸ˜’ That's not possible 🧐🀧😬

Looks like the roof collapsed. 🧨

We got to fight the towers that be

This picture makes me so angry, for no reason I can tangibly find...

In Belgium this is how we hide our nuclear missiles

I don't mind the towers, it's just that they're stuck on to an extremely plain box. Nothing else on the house corresponds with them.

Frankly with 4 or 5 trees and various bushes hiding the house a bit and adding mystery to it it would be nice.

Faulty Towers.

'Hold your horses' πŸ™ˆ

But where is the drawbridge and moat?

I really like how they also put a little horse carriage in the garden ... 🫣🀣

Footage of how the briefing with the architect went would have been great reality TV!

Aren't they meant to be at the corners rather than the middle

I always wonder what they do with that unpractical space inside the tower.. πŸ€”

To be fair I’d like it

Sauron and Saruman don't need a palantir to talk to each other anymore.

What would be in the towers? Men and woman toilet ? πŸ˜‚

Architect forgot the toilet, so they had to improvise.

I hate it that the sides are assimetrical. Otherwise I love the towers 😍

When you download the house plans from The Pirate Bay 🏴‍☠️

Looks like general Grievous!

This is a mech-house. It can stand up because there are legs folded in the basement, lasers & stuff.

Why so angry?

Beautiful fridge in the middle...😊

Cheap scifi movie set

I could live happily there!

Architectural freedom .

The style? Well, how about “Angry Brutalism”?

This house looks angry at its own existence

We all live in an orange submarine

I often walked by and I always thought when they were building it that it would become a kind of mill. But no, it is just a house with a great view over the fields at the backside .

Can somebody just explain what this is. Why is it build like this? The bricks are made in different shapes.

It looks like coincidence, not planned to be built like this.

Rather short of windows, but not ugly. If you like bricks, this is fine.

This looks like a windmill that hasn't been well lately

A triumph of the bricklayer’s art

I prefer a yellow submarine........

Has it got velour interior walls? Maybe mustard yellow?? or a fully retro layout??

And a barn filled with nukes 😳

I like this house, from the outside

Wait, what, isn’t this Santa Fe, New Mexico

Livin' in a chimneeeeeey.

More like rusty oil drum at a dump.

(and love the seamless extension πŸ€”πŸ‘)

Big Door Energy

I cannot stand that building πŸ˜…

When was this entrance "erected" ? Just asking ...

Looks like the door is having a good time

My door's bigger than your door...

Its the new fashion " Cactus 🌡 style doorways" only p____s can pass πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

I like it

Love it ❤️

Big Finger Up to all aesthetics.

Is that your front door, or are you just pleased to see me

Not ugly at all

The house that Dick built

ooooh! Art Deco Modern ❤ that ugly black cornice on the right really ruins the design integrity though πŸ˜•

Was an organ required in there?

We need a WTF-button here on Facebook. 😜

This looks like some of my sad attempts to decorate a cake.

Gingerbread house with melted glaze roof?

Polyurethane (PUR) architecture

Please leave the Smurfs alone

The idea is pretty nice, the finishing touch eeh.. πŸ₯²πŸ˜†

Well no! Big fat no! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Love this one

I think this is so cute

Gaudi on fentanyl.


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