Architect: Future Systems
Location: Birmingham, UK
Year completed: 2003 

Founded in 1979 by Jan Kaplický and David Nixon, who worked with icons like Norman Foster, Renzo Piano, and Richard Rogers, Future Systems is a London-based firm specializing in bio-amorphous architecture. The practice has won the Stirling Prize for Architecture. One of their most recognizable buildings is the Selfridges Building in Birmingham. While the building's presence is a great promise for the city, the structure's style appears to be a blotch on the town. The Guardian even suggests that the building "proves to be not so much architecture-as-ocean-liner."