The Carbuncle Cup is an architecture prize, given annually by the magazine Building Design to "the ugliest building in the United Kingdom completed in the last 12 months". It is intended to be a humorous response to the prestigious Stirling Prize, given by the Royal Institute of British Architects to "the architects of the building which has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year".
The Carbuncle Cup award was launched in 2006, with the first winner being Drake Circus Shopping Centre in Plymouth by Chapman Taylor. A shortlist is announced by Building Design each year, based on nominations from the public, and usually timed to coincide with the Stirling prize shortlist. Public voting via the magazine's website was used to select past winners, giving the award a sense of democratic involvement. Since 2009 a small group of critics has selected the final winners.
The award was based on the Carbuncle Awards which the Scottish architecture magazine Prospect had been presenting to buildings and areas in Scotland since 2000. The names of both awards are derived from a comment by Prince Charles, an outspoken critic of modern architecture, who in 1984 described Richard Rogers' proposed extension of London's National Gallery as a "monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend".
The first shortlist was announced in October 2006, and featured ten buildings.
|Drake Circus Shopping Centre||Plymouth||Chapman Taylor|
|Lough Road housing||Holloway, London||CZWG|
|Nexus One||Swiss Cottage, London||S&P Architects|
|St George Wharf||Lambeth, London||Broadway Malyan|
|Serpentine Pavilion||Hyde Park, London||Rem Koolhaas|
|University College Hospital||Bloomsbury, London||Llewlyn Davies|
|BBC Radio Merseyside||Liverpool||Page & Park|
|Moor House office development||London||Foster & Partners|
|Ibis Hotel||Harbourside, Bristol||Faulkner Brown|
|St George's Island||Castlefield, Manchester||John McAslan/Dandara Ltd|
|KX200||Pentonville Road, London||Allford Hall Monaghan Morris|
|Opal Court||Leicester||Stephen George and Partners|
|More London||South Bank, London||Foster & Partners|
|Skydec apartments||London||Edward Potter Associates|
|Orion Building||Birmingham||BBLB Architects with John Rocha|
|Treasure House||Beverley, East Yorkshire||East Riding Council and Atkins|
|Holiday Inn||Westhill, Aberdeen||Peter Redhead Architects|
The 2008 shortlist of seven buildings was announced in early October. Stuart Lowther of EPR Architects said he was "extremely disappointed" at the award for the Radison SAS Waterfront Hotel being given to his firm, as the project was inherited from another architect and EPR had not designed the building's exterior.
|Broadgate Tower||Bishopsgate, London||Skidmore, Owings and Merrill|
|B-Central apartments||Bournemouth||Trinity Architecture|
|Walton Street car park||Aylesbury||Bourne Parking|
|Aqua housing||Poole||BCA Architects|
|Blue Fin building||Bankside, London||Allies and Morrison|
|Radisson SAS Waterfront hotel||Saint Helier, Jersey||EPR Architects|
A longlist of ten buildings was announced in August 2009. Grosvenor Group, the developer of One Park West, organised a "group hug" of the building, following its nomination. The prize, judged by critics Owen Hatherley and Ellis Woodman, and architect Sean Griffith, was awarded to Liverpool Ferry Terminal, with the University of Nottingham Amenity building and Queen Margaret University placed second and third.
|Hotel Missoni||Edinburgh||Allan Murray Architects|
|Westfield Shopping Centre||Shepherd's Bush, London||Westfield Group|
|Amenities Building and International House||University of Nottingham Jubilee Campus||MAKE Architects|
|Poundbury Fire Station||Poundbury, Dorset||Carden Croft|
|Liverpool Ferry Terminal||Liverpool||Hamilton Architects|
|Queen Margaret University||Musselburgh, East Lothian||Dyer Associates|
|Theatre Severn||Shrewsbury||Austin Smith Lord|
|Woodlands Manor||Belfast||Coogan & Co.|
|One Park West||Liverpool One||Pelli Clarke Pelli|
|Union Plaza (Aberdeen)||Aberdeen||Halliday Fraser Munro|
The jury in 2010 comprised Jonathan Glancey, Owen Hatherley, Amanda Baillieu and Ellis Woodman. The shortlist of six was announced in July, and the Strata building was announced as the winner in August. The article described the tower as: "Decked out with Philishave stylings, this is a building that appears to be auditioning for a supporting role in a James Bond title sequence."
|Strata||Elephant & Castle, London||BFLS|
|Bézier Apartments||Old Street, London||T. P. Bennett|
|St Anne's Square||Belfast||WDR & RT Taggart|
|Haymarket Hub||Newcastle||Reid Jubb Brown|
|The Cube||Birmingham||MAKE Architects|
|Burns Monument Centre||Kilmarnock||East Ayrshire Council|
The shortlist of six was announced in July, In August, a jury consisting of national newspaper architecture critics: Rowan Moore of the Observer, Hugh Pearman of the Sunday Times and the Guardian’s Jonathan Glancey voted MediaCityUK the 2011 winner.
|One Hyde Park||Knightsbridge, London||Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners|
|Newport Station||Newport||Grimshaw Architects and Atkins|
|Phoenix High School||Shepherds Bush, London||Bond Bryan|
|Museum of Liverpool||Liverpool||3XN/AEW Architects|
|Ebenezer Chapel and Housing Development||Brighton||Molyneux Architects|
|MediaCityUK||Salford||Fairhurst, Chapman Taylor and Wilkinson Eyre|
|Firepool Lock Housing||Taunton, Somerset||Andrew Smith Architects|
|Titanic Belfast Museum||Belfast||Todd Architects and Civic Arts|
|Mann Island Buildings||Liverpool||Broadway Malyan|
|ArcelorMittal Orbit||Olympic Park, London||Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond|
|Cutty Sark Renovation||Greenwich, London||Grimshaw Architects|
|Shard End Library||Birmingham||IDP Partnership|
The shortlist of six was announced in August 2013.
|Castle Mill housing||Port Meadow, Oxford||Frankham Consultancy Group|
|465 Caledonian Road (University College London)||London||Stephen George & Partners|
|Avant Garde, 34-42 Bethnal Green Road||London||Stock Woolstencroft|
|Redcar Beacon aka the Vertical Pier||Redcar||Seven Architecture and Smeeden Foreman|
|Porth Eirias Watersports Centre||Colwyn Bay, Wales||K2 Architects|
|Premier Inn, Lambeth||London||Hamiltons|
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