Belgium’s ugliest houses

When architects go wild: The hilarious Instagram account that’s packed with pictures of Belgium’s ugliest houses

  • Hannes Coudeneys has spent the past eight years snapping pictures of his homeland’s most peculiar homes 
  • He posts his hilarious images on his Instagram account, Ugly Belgian Homes, which has over 55,000 followers
  • But not everybody agrees with Hannes’s hobby. He says he gets a lot of hate mail and letters from lawyers 

Most Instagram accounts are packed with glossy pictures showing off the finer things in life.

But Belgian Instagrammer Hannes Coudenys prefers the ugly side. Specifically, houses in his homeland that are so wretchedly awful – it’s funny.

His Instagram account, called Ugly Belgian Houses, contains over 1,400 pictures of houses that are, well – peculiar.

The images and the witty comments that come with them have landed him over 55,000 followers. He has even released a book featuring his pictures called Ugly Belgian Houses: Don’t Try This At Home.

Hannes says that because the law in Belgium is quite liberal when it comes to house building unusual-looking houses can be quite common. So it looks like his subject matter isn’t about to run dry.

Not everyone is happy with his hobby, though. He adds: ‘I would say 90 per cent of Belgians are mad at me. I get a lot of hate mail and letters from lawyers.’ MailOnline Travel has featured some of his wacky images before. Here’s another eye-opening batch…

One of the bizarre-looking homes that has featured on the Instagram account Ugly Belgian Houses, run by Belgian blogger Hannes Coudenys

This bizarre-shaped stone built home, complete with two concrete birds sitting at the top, makes the cut for the account, which has 55,000 followers

This bizarre-shaped stone built home, complete with two concrete birds sitting at the top, makes the cut for the account, which has 55,000 followers

Rock on: This unusual-shaped house has been given the caption 'Game of Stones'

Rock on: This unusual-shaped house has been given the caption ‘Game of Stones’

Hannes puts the large number of bizarrely designed homes in Belgium down to the fact the country has liberal laws when it comes to house building

Hannes puts the large number of bizarrely designed homes in Belgium down to the fact the country has liberal laws when it comes to house building

Not everyone is happy with Hannes' hobby, and he says: 'I would say 90 per cent of Belgians are mad at me. I get a lot of hate mail and letters from lawyers'

Not everyone is happy with Hannes’ hobby, and he says: ‘I would say 90 per cent of Belgians are mad at me. I get a lot of hate mail and letters from lawyers’

Did these homeowners 'check' with the neighbours that it was fine to give the exterior of their house a new design?

Did these homeowners ‘check’ with the neighbours that it was fine to give the exterior of their house a new design?

Several of Hannes' followers remarked that this house looks remarkably like a Transformers toy or a Rubik's Cube

Several of Hannes’ followers remarked that this house looks remarkably like a Transformers toy or a Rubik’s Cube

So close, and yet so far, from being the fairy-tale house of someone's dreams

So close, and yet so far, from being the fairy-tale house of someone’s dreams

Get matching bricks? Why bother? Another peculiar entry in the ugly houses hall of fame

Get matching bricks? Why bother? Another peculiar entry in the ugly houses hall of fame

There's plenty of room left for triangle windows, and hexagonal windows, and trapezoid windows...

There’s plenty of room left for triangle windows, and hexagonal windows, and trapezoid windows…

One of the fans of the account Ugly Belgian Houses commented on this picture, sarcastically writing: 'This house could use a few more windows'

One of the fans of the account Ugly Belgian Houses commented on this picture, sarcastically writing: ‘This house could use a few more windows’

Ugly Belgian Houses contains over 1,400 pictures of houses that are, well – peculiar, including this one

Ugly Belgian Houses contains over 1,400 pictures of houses that are, well – peculiar, including this one

Well, at least roof repairs are easy to carry out on this hilariously odd construction...

Well, at least roof repairs are easy to carry out on this hilariously odd construction…

Twin peaks: Why have one strange pyramid home when you can have two?

Twin peaks: Why have one strange pyramid home when you can have two?

The cheeky caption that Hannes wrote to go with this picture was: '100 signs you’ve outgrown your partner'

The cheeky caption that Hannes wrote to go with this picture was: ‘100 signs you’ve outgrown your partner’

When architectural blue prints get accidentally replaced by a child's drawing of a castle

When architectural blue prints get accidentally replaced by a child’s drawing of a castle

This house looks like it's been pixelated - maybe the designer was a fan of old school video games?

This house looks like it’s been pixelated – maybe the designer was a fan of old school video games?

When all sorts of nope meets all sorts of wrong, this is the result

When all sorts of nope meets all sorts of wrong, this is the result

There's probably a lovely house lurking somewhere inside this roof

There’s probably a lovely house lurking somewhere inside this roof


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