Annual Search Begins for UK's Ugliest Building

Oliver Wainwright solicits contenders for this year's Carbuncle Cup, Building Design magazine's annual search for the UK's worst "crimes against architecture".

"[The Carbuncle Cup] is to the Stirling prize what the Razzies are to the Oscars, a prize to call out the worst offenders in the built environment – from overblown 'iconic' gestures to that grim retail shed (or is it a school?) on your street."

"Over the past seven years, the Carbuncle Cup has been awarded to shopping centres and housing blocks, hotels and office complexes as well as – last year, in the most controversial decision yet – to the "restoration" of the Cutty Sark in Greenwich," says Wainwright.

"In other years, the prize has focused on the real villain of British architecture, the kind of mindless planner-friendly filler that marches up and down the country along railway lines, canalsides and out-of-town centres."

Full Story: Carbuncle Cup: what's the ugliest building of the year?


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