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Second Best: N-Building

Such a high placement of the N-Building on this list may offend campus purists who are used to mocking the N-Building for its no-frills, almost Brutalist architecture. Indeed, at first glance, the N-Building sticks out like a sore thumb, and it’s not difficult to make an argument for it being the ugliest building at Gunn either. However, like all good things, the N-Building grows on students over time. Its unique design and pragmatic location right next to the amphitheater make it the most recognizable building on campus and, thus, the easiest benchmark to use when directing lost freshmen. Additionally, the top floor looks right out over a beloved scenic running trail, so when calculus class ever gets a bit too tedious, students can always glance wistfully out the window and daydream about the end of the school day. At this point, the N-Building is too intertwined with Gunn’s identity to not place it in the top three school buildings. The only thing it gets points off for, besides its controversial appearance, are the foul-smelling and crowded bathrooms—bathrooms are a crucial criterion for this ranking.

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