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Carbuncle Cup 2015
UK Ugly Architecture Awards Shortlist + Nominations
30 Jun 2015
Carbuncle Cup 2015 Building
Northwich Memorial Court leisure centre designed by Ellis Williams Architectsr
Ellis Williams Architects is the first practice to receive a Carbuncle Cup nomination in 2015, reports Building Design (BD).
“Poor old Northwich. It has waited more than 40 years for a new municipal building in the town centre and when one finally arrived it turned out to be the very model of an architectural carbuncle. Worse, it’s a turquoise-coloured carbuncle.”
The recently opened Northwich Memorial Court ‘lifestyle centre’ costed £12.5m; it was designed by Ellis Williams Architects and built by Wates Construction. “It can be aptly described in three words: a total mess.”
Carbuncle Cup 2015 Nomination
3 Sep 2014
Carbuncle Cup 2014 Winner
Sheppard Robson’s Woolwich Central is voted the overwhelming winner
The winner of the 2014 Carbuncle Cup is Woolwich Central, a Sheppard Robson-designed mixed-use scheme in south east London, reports Building Design (BD).
It comprises 189 apartments in six interconnected blocks rising to 17 storeys over an 7,800sq m Tesco.
Statistically Tesco subsidiary Spenhill, which developed Woolwich Central, was twice as likely to win the Cup as it had the dubious honour of being nominated twice.
Carbuncle Cup Winner : information up to 2013
About Carbuncle Cup
Now in its seventh year, the Carbuncle Cup is the UK’s only award for bad buildings.
“For a profession that loves to give itself prizes for excellence, an award that sets out to recognize the polar opposite is a moment for reflection.
“Despite all of the planning rules and regulations in the UK, a Carbuncle is what happens when bad architecture and bad planning come together.” – BD Editor in Chief Amanda Baillieu
Carbuncle Cup serves to highlight the fact that most of the UK’s new building stock is poorly designed or simply mediocre.
The award acts as a counterpoint to the plethora of prizes handed out to architects each year – it is to the Stirling Prize what the Razzies are to the Oscars.
Carbuncle Cup 2012 information from UBM
Carbuncle Cup 2013 Winner
Scandalous student housing scoops the award for Britain’s worst new building
A multimillion-pound block of student accommodation on London’s Caledonian Road has been named the UK’s worst new building.
465 Caledonian Road, designed by Stephen George and Partners for University College London, was once a historic red brick warehouse that has now been largely demolished despite being protected.
“There is no small irony in the fact that the building stands on the same street as HMP Pentonville,” said BD executive editor and Carbuncle Cup juror Ellis Woodman.
image : Seven Architecture
30 Jul 2012
Carbuncle Cup Shortlist
Britain’s worst new building Award
– The Orbit, London, England
Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond
image from London Legacy Development Corporation
– Titanic Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Architect & Lead Consultant: TODD Architects
Concept Design: CivicArts / Eric R Kuhne & Associates
photo : Christopher Heaney
Titanic Museum Belfast
– Mann Island Development, Liverpool, England
picture from architects
Mann Island Development
“a scheme that completes the desecration of that city’s once great waterfront”.
18 Jun 2012
Carbuncle Cup 2012
The award for Britain’s worst new building
The UK’s leading architecture newspaper BD invites the public to put forward their worst new building for this year’s Carbuncle Cup.
Carbuncle Cup 2012 favourite – The ArcellorMittal Orbit tower
Carbuncle Cup Past Winners
2011 – MediaCity UK, Salford
image from architects
Carbuncle Cup 2011 winner : MediaCity UK
2010 – Strata Tower, London
photo : Will Pryce / BFLS
Carbuncle Cup 2010 winner : Strata Tower
2009 – Pier Head Ferry Terminal, Liverpool
photo © Adrian Welch
Carbuncle Cup 2009 winner : Pier Head Ferry Terminal
Carbuncle Cup – Previous Years
Carbuncle Cup – 2009 Winners
Carbuncle Cup Nominees
Some Carbuncle Cup nominees shown on e-architect in recent years:
Bézier Apartments, London:
photo © Nick Weall
University of Nottingham Jubilee Campus Extension, Nottingham
photograph : Zander Olsen
Website : Carbuncle Cup Winners
Carbuncle Awards – Scotland, run by the Carnyx Group
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Carbuncle Cup 2015 : page
Website : Carbuncle Cup Award