The shortlist for architecture’s annual Carbuncle Cup prize – which names and shames the UK’s biggest built eyesores – has been revealed.
Six projects are vying for the crown of Britain’s ‘ugliest’ building, bestowed by readers of Building Design magazine. These include a £375m ‘regeneration calamity’ in Lewisham by PRP Architects; a ‘grotesque’ hotel extension in Liverpool by Signature Living; and a house extension in Streatham by Pace Jefford Moore Architects which has been likened to an ‘electricity substation.’
Rounding off the pack is a tapering ziggurat in Plymouth by Boyes Rees Architects designed as student accommodation, BDP’s Redrock Stockport leisure complex (dubbed ‘the worst building on the entire planet’ by one reader) and the lackluster Haydn Tower in London’s Vauxhall by Rolfe Judd.
The winner of the prize – founded in 2006 as a barbed comment on bad architecture ‘blighting the country’s towns and cities’ – will be announced on 5 September.
Previous winners include the Nova Victoria mixed-use development in London by PLP Architecture, described as a ‘crass assault on the senses’ and Rafael Viñoly’s Walkie Talkie skyscraper.
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