Carbuncle Cup

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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".[1] It is intended to be a humorous response to the prestigious Stirling Prize,[2] given by the Royal Institute of British Architects.[3]

The cup was launched in 2006, with the first winner being Drake Circus Shopping Centre in Plymouth by Chapman Taylor.[4] A shortlist is announced by the periodical each year, based on nominations from the public, and usually in the same week as the Stirling Prize shortlist. Free voting via the magazine's website was at first used to select the winner. Since 2009 a small group of critics has selected the winner.

The award was inspired by the Carbuncle Awards of Scottish architecture magazine Urban Realm, formerly Prospect, had been presenting to buildings and areas in Scotland since 2000.[5]

The names derive from a comment by Charles, Prince of Wales, an opponent of certain modernist styles and forms and a staunch defender of existing characterisations, themes and points of interest, who in 1984 described Ahrends, Burton and Koralek's proposed extension of London's National Gallery as a "monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend".[6][7]

Winners and nominees[edit]

Year Architect Winning work Nominees and works
2006 Chapman Taylor Exeter Street - Plymouth - geograph.org.uk - 1598471.jpg Drake Circus Shopping Centre,
Plymouth[8]
2007 Stephen George & Partners University of Leicester HWB and Opal Court.JPG Opal Court,
Leicester[9]
2008 EPR Architects Hôtel Radisson Saint Hélyi Jèrri Janvyi 2010 b.jpg Radisson SAS Waterfront hotel,
Saint Helier, Jersey[2][10]
2009 Hamilton Architects Pier Head Ferry Terminal.jpg Liverpool Ferry Terminal,
Liverpool[11][12]
2010 BFLS Strata SE1 from Monument 2014.jpg Strata SE1,
Elephant & Castle, London[14]
2011 Fairhurst, Chapman Taylor and Wilkinson Eyre MediaCityUK, July 2016 (02).JPG MediaCityUK,
Salford, Greater Manchester[15]
2012 Grimshaw Architects Cutty Sark 26-06-2012 (7471553602).jpg Cutty Sark Renovation,
Greenwich, London[17]
2013 Stephen George & Partners 465 Caledonian Road,
University College London[19]
2014 Sheppard Robson Woolwich Central Tesco.jpg Woolwich Central,
Woolwich, London[21]
2015 Rafael Viñoly Walkie-Talkie - Sept 2015.jpg 20 Fenchurch Street ('The Walkie-Talkie'),
City of London[23]
2016 Hamiltons Architects Lincoln Plaza, Canary Quarter.jpg Lincoln Plaza,
Isle of Dogs, London[25][26][27]
2017 PLP Architecture Nova Victoria, 79 Buckingham Palace Rd, City of Westminster, London.jpg Nova Victoria, City of Westminster, London[29][30]
2018 BDP Redrock Stockport, Stockport, Greater Manchester[33]
  • Pace Jefford Moore Architects for 20 Ambleside Avenue, Streatham, London
  • Boyes Rees Architects for Beckley Point, Plymouth
  • Rolfe Judd for Haydn Tower, Vauxhall, London
  • PRP Architects for Lewisham Gateway, Lewisham, London
  • Signature Living for Shankly Hotel, Liverpool[34]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Watson, Anna (22 July 2010). "Six in race for Carbuncle Cup". bdonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  2. ^ a b "Who will get the wooden spoon in BD's Carbuncle Cup this year?". bdonline.co.uk. 3 October 2008. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  3. ^ "RIBA Stirling Prize". RIBA. Archived from the original on 30 September 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Dyckhoff, Tom (10 January 2007). "The malling of our cities". The Times. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  5. ^ Urban Realm. "The Carbuncle Awards 2005". Retrieved 2014-09-04. 
  6. ^ Glancey, Jonathan (17 May 2004). "Life after carbuncles". The Guardian. 
  7. ^ "A speech by HRH The Prince of Wales at the 150th anniversary of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Royal Gala Evening at Hampton Court Palace". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  8. ^ "Bottom of the barrel – Carbuncles 2006". bdonline.co.uk. 13 October 2006. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  9. ^ "Scars, blots and eyesores". bdonline.co.uk. 5 October 2007. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  10. ^ "Are these the UK's worst buildings ever?". bdonline.co.uk. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-24. 
  11. ^ Watson, Anna (19 August 2009). "Cesar Pelli's One Park West building fights Carbuncle Cup nomination". bdonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  12. ^ Baillieu, Amanda (28 August 2009). "Liverpool Ferry Terminal wins Carbuncle Cup 2009". bdonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  13. ^ "Carbuncle Cup 2009 longlist unveiled". bdonline.co.uk. 5 August 2009. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  14. ^ Woodman, Ellis (13 August 2010). "Strata tower wins 2010 Carbuncle Cup". bdonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-08-13. 
  15. ^ Woodman, Ellis (1 September 2011). "MediaCityUK wins 2011 Carbuncle Cup". Building Design. 
  16. ^ Wainwright, Oliver (22 July 2011). "Bloated icons and dreary sheds go head to head in the race for the Carbuncle Cup". Building Design. 
  17. ^ Woodman, Ellis (13 September 2012). "Cutty Sark Renovation". Building Design. 
  18. ^ Woodman, Ellis (22 July 2012). "Carbuncle Cup 2012: the shortlist". Building Design. 
  19. ^ "Carbuncle Cup winner 2013: A triumph for the dark side". bdonline.co.uk. 29 August 2013. Retrieved 2014-09-03. 
  20. ^ "Carbuncle Cup 2013 shortlist revealed". bdonline.co.uk. 19 August 2013. Retrieved 2014-09-03. 
  21. ^ "Carbuncle Cup 2014 winner announced". bdonline.co.uk. 3 September 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-03. 
  22. ^ "Carbuncle Cup 2014 shortlist announced". bdonline.co.uk. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-03. 
  23. ^ "London's Walkie Talkie judged UK's worst building". BBC News. Retrieved 2015-09-02. 
  24. ^ "Carbuncle Cup 2015 shortlist unveiled". bdonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  25. ^ "Hamiltons seeks planning for Tower Hamlets tower". Retrieved 2016-09-08. 
  26. ^ "Carbuncle Cup 2016 winner announced". bdonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  27. ^ "Lincoln Plaza luxury Docklands flats win Carbuncle Cup". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  28. ^ "Carbuncle Cup 2016 shortlist unveiled". bdonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-08-31. 
  29. ^ "Carbuncle Cup 2017 winner announced". bdonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-09-06. 
  30. ^ "London's Nova Victoria crowned UK's ugliest building". BBC News. Retrieved 2017-09-06. 
  31. ^ "Carbuncle Cup". Building Design. Retrieved 2017-08-03. 
  32. ^ "Carbuncle Cup 2017 shortlist unveiled". Building Design. Retrieved 2017-08-30. 
  33. ^ "Winner of 2018 Carbuncle Cup announced". bdonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-05. 
  34. ^ "Carbuncle Cup 2018 shortlist unveiled". Building Design. Retrieved 2018-08-30.