BD’s Carbuncle Cup 2017: London’s Nova Victoria crowned UK’s ugliest building

bd website 080917A 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.

BBC writes:

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.

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See the results at bdonline

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