Construction Fails That Should Be Seen to Believe


Watch Out For That Tree!

Isn’t it just sad when you see the end result of a construction project and even though you can tell that a lot of pain and effort has gone into this construction, but it just didn’t quite cut it? However, some construction companies aren’t even close to perfection when it comes to certain projects. Did they actually know what they were supposed to be doing? Or are they simply not meant to be a builder in the first place? Here is a list of construction fails that are so bizarre that we are sure that you will be doing one of two things: you’ll either be scratching your heads out of sheer confusion or, you’ll be falling out of your chair with much laughter!

Watch Out for That Tree!

Who was to blame, the architect, the construction team or the surveyors? Maybe it was a combination of both. Join us as we run through some of the funniest construction fails in recent memory.

Watch Out For That Tree!

There are only two possible explanations for our first construction fail on the list. Either, this architect is an extreme nature conservationist or he’s simply got it wrong.

Parkour Paradise

Now, unless these stairs magically come to life and start moving like the ones you’d expect to see in Hogwarts, we could be looking at the most futile set of stairs on the planet.

Parkour Paradise

On the other hand, these steps and rails could prove to be a perfect environment for free runners to perform some awesome stunts on. But besides being a haven for Parkour experts, we can’t really see these stairs having much use for anything else…

Wrong Side of the Stairs

This is a truly incredible achievement – these construction workers were probably not paying attention to what they were doing cause they were doing so fast.

Wrong Side Of The Tracks

When they built this person’s apartment front entrance in just under five minutes, little did they realize that underneath the stairs were included. You know what that means, folks, the only way to enter will be by jumping over the fence, now that’s one way to deter visitors.

Phone Line

When a construction team have to work on something, safety often doesn’t come first as we would expect.

Phone For Giants

The phone technician did not at all seem bothered by the consequences and climbed this long ladder in order to reach the phone line and fix the connection. Now that is dedication, we sure hope his employer sees this and makes sure to recognize him for his efforts and the lengths he goes despite the dangers involved!

Power Down

Who thought that planting a power line in the middle of a train track was a good idea? How exactly is this going to play out? We can only see two things happening.

Power Down

Either, the train will ride straight into it and blow up everything in a 100-yard radius. Or, maybe this is actually an engineering marvel, and the object at the right side of the station is a diversion track that allows the train to bend around the station. We think the first option’s more likely…

Hard to Handle

Door handles are a truly fantastic invention. They allow us to open and close doors. Oops, maybe we spoke too soon.

Hard To Handle

Apparently, not all door handles to achieve this basic purpose, especially when they are too big for the door they are fitted on. One thing’s for sure, this is only going to be a pleasant experience if it’s the summer. A cool draft would probably be welcomed at this time of the year, but then you have the winter to consider…

Bench Fails

Look, this isn’t the worst piece of construction ever done. Benches are meant to seat people not only for their comfort but also to have somewhat of a view.

Bench Fails

But this does pose the question: why not just put the benches in a better position? Also, it’s fair to say that there isn’t that much room between the benches and the wall in order to rest one’s feet or to enjoy the bench. Basically, this could have been done differently…

Too Close for Comfort

All men have been there before: urinals are a goldmine for awkward situations. However, they are usually set up side by side against the same wall with partitions between each one.

Too Close For Comfort

The urinals in this photo are clearly an exception to the rule, with two places on separate walls, yet having a couple of inches separating the two of them. Our only explanation for this bizarre decision is that it might be for couples who wish to hold hands while they urinate.

Well That Escalated Quickly

What’s the point of a flight of stairs that look like escalators if they aren’t actually escalators?

Well That Escalated Quickly

Maybe it was originally used as a moving stairway, but nowadays, this mall’s customers are forced to resort to using their feet to ascend to the next floor. Maybe this mall decided that they wanted to make their customers fitter in a day and age when the world has more obese people than ever. Either that or it’s just a classic construction fail.

Never Gonna Stop

They say, as long as the word you are misspelling isn’t too long, then it might be that the human eye can understand the word that was originally intended.

Never Gonna “SOTP”

We seriously hope that this will also apply to the drivers who see this sign. Just to clarify, in case the theory doesn’t work for everyone…”SOTP” or “TSOP” in this situation is intended to mean STOP. We just want to warn you guys before you stumble across this potentially life-threatening sign.

Why Didn’t the Chicken Crossed the Road?

This is a classic case of “What came first, the chicken or the egg?” In this situation, the chicken is the yellow indicator on either side of the road and the egg is the road crossings.

Why Didn’t The Chicken Crossed The Road?

Whatever the answer is, one must have come after the other. This means that whoever did build the second must have been either seriously tired or just unqualified for the job. In all fairness, this construction fail isn’t just a hazard, it also looks silly.

One Street Becomes Two

We have a feeling that after this estate was built bang in the middle of this street, there was no question of what was the busiest street in the city. Imagine rush hour: you can’t see where the traffic ends.

One Street Becomes Two

When drivers reach the small junction, it’s painful to imagine how long it would take to wait in traffic. Also, it’s just an aesthetic nightmare. It looks ugly and there’s no denying the oddly shaped way the estate just sticks into the street.

Window of Missed Opportunities

Why on earth would a bunch of windows be perfectly straight and then one window tilted to the side? Did the architects think that it would be cool little design, or is it actually part of the company’s marketing? And why would anyone put a door up in the air where nobody can reach it?

Window Of Missed Opportunities

We’re not totally sure how this came to be, but we are sure that something, somewhere went wrong.

Tunnels Galore?

As you can see, there is a staggering number of manholes on this seemingly inconspicuous road. Does this mean that inside each manhole is a tunnel connected to the sewer?

Tunnels Galore?

If this is the case, you can imagine that these underground tunnels are intertwined in an almost spaghetti-like style. Never underestimate the intricacies of the sewage system. However, with this many manholes, you have to wonder whether or not every single one is absolutely necessary. We strongly doubt it.

Soccer for Suckers

This is one high school that didn’t completely take into consideration where to build the security gates. It seems like the construction team didn’t realize that they were building it over the school soccer field.

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Soccer For Suckers

For those of you who are not so clued up on soccer, the opposition sometimes kicks the ball from the right angle with a flag at its tip. So that begs the question: How on earth are they supposed to kick the ball over this gate?

What’s the Point?

We’re sure that’s the question on everyone’s lips when they see this photo. Obviously, no one’s batting an eyelid as far as the balcony is concerned. Why have a balcony if you have no normal access to it? And the other is about to fall apart.

What’s The Point?

If we’re going to put a positive spin on this, maybe the tenants above get two balconies for the price of one. All they have to do is stealthily jump from one to the other. Easy.

Most Useless Gate of All Time

That’s right folks, we’re going to spell it out for you: this gate is pointless, not unless another wall is built on the other side of it.

Most Useless Gate Of All Time

Until then, one can easily jump over the little hedge and make their way up to the apartments. This gate even had a code in order to enter. The guy waiting for his friend to enter is just looking at the camera like, “why does he even bother using the gate?”

Deeply Upsetting

This photo seriously breaks our hearts. What were the construction team thinking when they tried matching this sink with this tap? Sure, one is able to wash their hands.

Deeply Upsetting

But what good is personal hygiene if one is just going to flood their bathroom every time they turn on the tap? In all seriousness, we are simply shocked that these sort of fails are occurring in the world in this day and age. This should be a crime.

Tightest of Turns

Another construction team that failed to take basic factors into consideration was responsible for the tightest of turns on this stairway. It’s seriously difficult for even the skinniest of individuals to make their way around this bend.

Tightest Of Turns

Once again, it would take a group of free runners to successfully navigate this near-on impossible flight of stairs. For once, maybe taking away the banister would make this situation safer. Maybe we’re better off using the lift the next time we come to visit.

Easy Way Out?

Doors are a useful, conventional way of entering or exiting an apartment. However, when you open one and all you can see is a five-story drop to your certain doom, the door probably should never have been built there.

Easy Way Out?

Sure, if there were some spiral stairs connecting each door, we’d consider this a useful little emergency exit. However, there isn’t a spiral staircase, so until it’s fitted, these doors are at best, absolutely redundant, and at worst, lethal.

Perfect Place to Have a Garage

Garages are a perfectly useful storage space. If you’re not going to park your car in there, they’re great for storing basically anything.

Perfect Place To Have A Garage

However, we believe that they’re most effective when they are built on the ground or just in a position where one is able to actually park their car. The only way one can successfully get their vehicle in and out of this one is by doing some Evel Kneivel-esque, death-defying stunts and hoping that you don’t crash.

Building Bad Bridges

We would be perfectly happy with this setup if there was at least ramp to do some death-defying stunts over this unique bridge. At 80 miles an hour, you could easily do this jump and live to tell the tale.

Building Bad Bridges

Or how about a bridge for the bridge? Or moreover, how about just building one bridge that is completely connected and that way, we won’t have to start brainstorming ideas as to how we’re going to get to the other side.

Fashion or Farce?

We’re willing to give this architect the benefit of the doubt as we have a good theory surrounding this ridiculously placed door.

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Fashion Or Farce?

This is downtown Wabash, Indiana – a place that, according to the mural on this wall is a center for “arts, entertainment, dining, boutiques and antiques.” Therefore, the door is possibly an piece of artistic expression that doesn’t actually have a literal entrance. Instead, it is a metaphorical entrance to the this charming little town. Then again, maybe not.

Harry Potter’s Worst Nightmare

Once again, we have a stairway that leads us to a mysterious realm, a portal to another dimension. Maybe this time, it is the legendary stairway to Hogwarts?

Harry Potter’s Worst Nightmare

Maybe this flight of stairs actually has a mind of its own and moves magically around this mall, helping people transport instantly to whichever floor they desire. We sincerely wish this was the case. However, the likelihood is that it’s just another ridiculously placed set of the stairs, with no other purpose than being annoying.

So Inconsiderate

Again, this isn’t the worst construction fail on the list, by any means. At least the person living in the apartment can look out of 60% of the window.

So Inconsiderate

The other 30% is blocked off by a recently built flight of stairs. Surely the council must’ve asked for the tenant’s permission before they blocked a significant chunk of their natural source of light! At least, they should have! If not, then that’s just absolute crime. We’re serious, it’s probably illegal to do that.

Tight Situation

We’re not lawyers but surely this is violating some sort of health and safety regulations. How can you expect someone who is desperate to go, to come in here and crouch into a fetal position in order to relieve themselves?

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Tight Situation

Either or that, or we guess you could stand on the edge of the bowl. We’re really scraping the barrel, trying to excuse whoever decided to have a toilet in this tiny space. To be honest, we only recommend that one takes a number one in this situation…

Wrong Type of Support

We assume that the stack of bricks is necessary in order to prevent the bridge from collapsing. However, the real concern here is this: why does the bridge require this?

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Wrong Type Of Support

Surely all bridge are only authorized for construction once it is deemed to be reliable and safe. It seems like this construction team, from top to bottom, got a lot of things mixed up during this project and as a result, were forced to make this contingency plan.

Lazy Cashpoint

You might remember the cashpoint earlier on that was way too high to reach for the average human being. However, we’ve now found a cashpoint that first any human being, no matter how big or small, can use!

Lazy Cashpoint

However, if you’re of an average height, you’re definitely going to have to one of three things in order to extract money. Either you’ll have to sit down like this patient fellow, bend down to see the screen or kneel down and hurt your knees on the concrete.

How About Some Parkour?

Let’s just get this straight – at the top of these stairs, there is no gate. This is a steel fence with no logical way of getting out other than climbing it.

How About Some Parkour?

However, like some of the other construction fails on this list; we are convinced that this site would be a perfect location for some awesome free running. There is no denying that some gymnasts would have a lot of fun breaking their necks on this makeshift playground.

Economical With Space

Like other toilets on this list, there is just no way to take a number two on this thing, unless you’re happy to sit on the edge of the seat. We could be getting this all wrong though.

Economical With Space

Maybe the tenants replaced their toilet and put the broken one here under the sink. They’re just waiting to throw it away but out of lazy, haven’t done anything about it. However, there is some sort of cord connecting it to the wall…

Wrong Side of the Tracks

It’s a usual occurrence in life – you go to the train station, thinking that you have to catch your train on a certain platform. However, you realize at the last minute that you chose the wrong platform.

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Wrong Side Of The Tracks

So you take the overpass that carries you over the tracks. No problem, right? Wrong. At least, you’ll have a big problem if you try using this overpass. Unless you’re confident at pulling off Mission Impossible-style stunts, you’re probably going to miss your train.

Best Window Ever

One theory comes to mind when we saw this window. Maybe, just maybe, a descendant of Count Dracula lives in the attic of this typical family home.

Best Window Ever

After realizing their true lineage, the teenage vampire knew that it wasn’t a good idea to have the sun blazing through his window. Therefore, he telekinetically collected a bunch of bricks, built a wall and put up against the window. This way, he could live in absolute darkness. Or maybe, some average joe made some maddeningly confusing decisions.

The Most Pointless Door of All Time

The word “Exit” comes from the Latin term “exitus” which literally means “to go out.” As you can see, the top of this door has an exit sign above.

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The Most Pointless Door Of All Time

However, you can clearly see that if one is to pass through this particular door, then you will not go out of anywhere. You will remain in the same mall and waste your time wondering why you walked through this door when you easily could’ve walked through the large space next to it.

An Unexpected Path

As you can see, this park has a very pleasant path running through it. Also, there is a delightful little gate ensuring a secure entrance and exit to and from the aforementioned park.

An Unexpected Path

However, these two distinctive features don’t line up. Why is that, exactly? We suspect it’s because a constructor was having a bad day at the office and decide to take his frustrations out on the visitors of this enchanted park. Either that or he got some measurements wrong.

Look, You’re Not on TV!

The world has gone security crazy in the last two decades. It’s hard to walk around without someone point a camera at you, making sure that you’re not doing anything suspicious.

Look, You’re Not On TV!

However, we don’t think you have anything to worry about if you’re at this particular bank. The camera hasn’t moved for the last twenty minutes. Either the security system has had a power cut or someone needs to reconfigure the settings on this camera!

Where’s the Ground?

There seems to be many construction teams that enjoy placing doors in bizarre locations. However, we’re ready to forgive all the others, because at least we knew how high the drop was.

Where’s The Ground?

However, in this photo, we have no idea how far someone must step after walking out of this door and before they hit the ground. At least it’s not that far but still, they could have done a better job at placing this door.

‘A’ for Effort!

Okay, so you would think that this barrier was made or put in this specific spot to prohibit cars from entering the parking lot. Maybe they need to pay to enter or they might even need special permission.

‘A’ for Effort!

Whatever the case may be, this so-called gate doesn’t really do much. While we understand the reason behind it, it really defeats the purpose when the gate doesn’t even cover half the street. People could just drive around it to enter the parking lot so we think it’s safe to say that this barrier isn’t the most useful deterrent.

Giant-Proof Bathroom

At first glance, this picture looks pretty standard but after a couple of moments, you notice that something looks oddly out of place. Yes, that’s right. It looks like there was a soap dispenser installed for all those giants that can’t bend down to reach the other dispensers.

Giant-Proof Bathroom

Our question is, why just soap? The designer might as well have gone the whole nine yards — a sink, a soap dispenser, a towel dispenser — so no giant has to suffer on account of all the regular-sized people in the world.

Sliding Into Hell

Maybe we’re wrong but aren’t playground slides supposed to be fun? After all, slides are built for kids to use so why would there be a death trap at the end of one?

Sliding Into Hell

After staring at this design fail for what seemed like hours, all we can ask ourselves is where does this ditch lead to? We’d like to believe that construction workers had a plan here but we’re not so sure so just make sure you ride this one with extreme caution. Hopefully, you’ll return…

Trap(ped) Door

Yet another construction fail that prevents anyone from opening the door because the stair railing is in the way. Is this someone’s apartment or is it a storage space? Either way, how is this room in the least bit useful when you can’t even enter?

Trap(ped) Door

If you could push open the door and climb over the railing to get inside, that’d be a pretty good option but from the looks of it, this is a pull-door. And frankly, there’s no room to pull the door open so it looks like we’ll never know what’s actually on the inside…

Level-Up

This construction design, or fail rather, reminds us of a really difficult level of Mario — the only way to reach the higher level is if you pass the first level before.

Level-Up

We couldn’t tell you what would be involved in winning the level but if you do happen to reach the next level, be careful not to walk straight out of the front door. You might fall to your death and we can guarantee that you won’t have any extra lives to use like Mario does.

What’s the Code Word?

How many times can this mistake be made before someone actually realizes that this kind of design just doesn’t work? This railing even more random than most because it’s nowhere near the stairs.

What’s the Code Word?

It’s as if they put it in front of the door as a form of security. Like, do you need some sort of special code word to enter? If you say the right thing, will the railing just magically disappear or lift up to allow people to enter? We just have so many questions and not enough answers!

Dead-End

It looks like we’ve reached a dead-end…or have we? There’s gotta be a reason why these stairs and tiny railing were placed here. Maybe it’s like Narnia — the wall could totally be acting as a fake barrier to distract from the fact that there’s a mysterious realm that exists behind it.

Dead-End

We know, we’re talking nonsense. We just wanted to give the designers the benefit of the doubt but it’s a little too much credit for an absolutely silly construction fail, if we’re being honest.

Concussion Waiting to Happen

And we thought the slide of death was bad; maybe both contraptions are located at the same playground. Whatever the case may be, this design plan clearly didn’t turn out the way it should have unless the designers were looking to knock some kids out with a cement wall.

Concussion Waiting to Happen

How is this supposed to even work? Is each kid supposed to duck every time they’re about to spin into some concrete? What if they’re simply too tall? Who is supposed to play on this?!

You Had One Job

It looks like there’s a bit of an issue here — this power/electrical outlet seems to be spewing some water out. If you ask us, this is quite hazardous. Oh, is that obvious?

You Had One Job

Well clearly not obvious enough because these construction workers didn’t really to seem have a clue as to what they were doing. You would think that they’d do some research beforehand but as far as we’re concerned, they didn’t do anything except botch this whole job up.

Walking Miles for Toilet Paper

Okay, this is the absolute worst. Sure, you have toilet paper in your stall but can you reach it whilst sitting on the toilet? If the answer is no, then you know that the bathroom’s design plan could have been a little better.

Walking Miles for Toilet Paper

No one wants to go to the bathroom only to have to stand up and walk over to the toilet paper roll. No, all we want to do is have the TP in arm’s length so we don’t have to walk anywhere to clean ourselves up. Is that too much to ask for?

Pole of the Century

There are many construction fails on this list where poles have a big part to play. This is another classic example. In all fairness, it shouldn’t be too problematic to dodge this oddly placed pole.

Pole Of The Century

But why on earth is it there in the first place?! If we were able to understand the reasoning behind this engineering decision, then maybe we would reconsider using this photo. Until that happens, we’re going to leave this up to frustrate all the bikers out there.

One Way?

Whoever decided to have this pole and collection of bricks planted on this bike path, must’ve had one thing in mind:

One Way?

As long as the bricks aren’t stacked too high, then the bike riders should have the common sense to know when to give way to incoming traffic. Also, they could always just ride on the grass. Or, if you’re really feeling lucky, why not try doing a jump over the bricks. Go on, break a leg! We dare you…

From One Hazard to Another

Why would it make sense to refer to this door as a fire exit if you’re unable to get to it without a ladder? You’d have more success driving your car through the wall than trying to get out of this undeniably futile “exit.”

From One Hazard To Another

Which genius thought this was actually a good idea? We believe that there’s approximately 124.3% chance that this fire exit will not save anyone’s life. Only Daenerys from Game Of Thrones would be able to survive this fire…

Cash For Giants

We believe that this cashpoint must be located in the same neighborhood as the aforementioned giant phone station. How could the bank be so inconsiderate in regards to its normal-sized clients?

Cash For Giants

Especially when the majority of the world is unable to reach the cashpoint they had fitted into this wall. There are going to be many people who have no choice but to use their cards when they make payments, all because this ridiculous construction prevents them from withdrawing cash.

Masters of Inginuity

We consider this more of a construction fail that has been rectified rather than a situation beyond repair.

Masters Of Inginuity

Whoever thought of the idea of sawing a chunk of wood out of the door to fit around the toilet is an absolute genius. We’re happy to say that this photo doesn’t deserve to be on this list. However, these photos do aim to amuse as well as bemuse you. However, the hole kind of defeats the purpose of having a door in the first place…

Stairway to Hogwarts?

There is only one way that we can explain the reasoning behind this bizarrely fitted set of steps. Whenever stairs are leading to a seemingly un-enterable space, it can only mean one thing.

Stairway To Hogwarts?

That’s right, these stairs are a one-way ticket to Hogwarts. The only problem though is that there’s no real run-up to the entrance due to the awkward ninety-degree turn. However, maybe it could be a mystical portal to another dimension of some sort.

Where Do We Start?

We’re seriously struggling to find a redeeming quality about this epic piece of construction. But we do have one obvious question: How does one open the door if there’s a railing completely blocking it?

Where Do We Start?

There is another question that needs to be addressed: What was the construction team thinking when they built the door so high above the stairs? If these tenants saw no use for the room behind this door, why have a door in the first place? We have too many questions…

Pole Position

Once again, another pole comes along to ruin our day. Seriously, how are cars going in opposite directions going to work their way around this? We imagine that the speed limit is pretty high too.

Pole Position

So either one car is going to have to stop, look and listen for incoming traffic or there’s going to be some serious roadkill when all is said and done. One thing’s for sure, there are some big blind spots because of that pole.

A Lethal Combination

If you end up finding a bigger recipe for disaster, let us know. Until then, we think we’ve found the winner. Who actually thought that placing a tap right next to a power outlet could be a good idea?

A Lethal Combination

Not only is this bound to electrocute someone to death, it’s just a futile setup. There isn’t even a sink to accompany the tap! It’s construction fails like this that make you seriously wonder how some people are qualified for these jobs.

Is This a Drill?

At this U.S. Air Base, jumping out of a strangely placed door doesn’t phase the best of the best. As you can see, these soldiers are just enjoying themselves after exiting the base.

Is This A Drill?

The question remains though: How exactly do they close and lock the door on their way out. Our theory is simple: the last to exit stealthily hangs from the roof as they apply the padlock before suspending themselves safely to the ground. Sounds legit, right?