A London office block described as a ‘bright red hideous mess’ has been named the UK’s worst building in the Building Design Magazine (BD) 2017 Carbuncle Cup.
Nova Victoria, London won the 2017 Carbuncle Cup with one judge describing it as ‘cringe-worthy’. It is the sixth consecutive time a London building has scooped the dubious honour run by Building Design Magazine (BD). Architects PLP described the £380m office complex as a ‘distinct and architecturally daring’ building. But judges disagreed, describing the building as ‘crass, over-scaled and a hideous mess’.…
The other buildings on the 2017 Carbuncle Cup shortlist were as follows:
- Preston Railway Station Butler Street Entrance by AHR Greetham Street
- Student Halls, Portsmouth by Cooley Architects
- Extension on 8 Somers Road, Malvern, Worcestershire by Vivid Architects
- Circus West, Battersea Power Station, London by Simpson Haugh
- Park Plaza London Waterloo by ESA Architecture
Building Design started the award in 2006 as a ‘light-hearted way of drawing attention to a serious problem – bad architecture blighting the country’s towns and cities’.
Past winners have included Liverpool’s ferry terminal, the renovation of the Cutty Sark and an apartment block incorporating a branch of Tesco in Woolwich, south-east London. Readers put forward the nominations and a panel draws up the shortlist. PLP said it did not want to comment on the announcement.
See the results at bdonline