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.
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 inspired by the Carbuncle Awards, which the Scottish architecture magazine Urban Realm, formerly 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 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".
The first shortlist was announced in October 2006, and featured ten buildings.
|BBC Radio Merseyside||Liverpool||Page & Park|
|Drake Circus Shopping Centre||Plymouth||Chapman Taylor|
|Ibis Hotel||Harbourside, Bristol||FaulknerBrowns Architects|
|Lough Road Housing||Holloway, London||CZWG|
|Moor House office development||City of London||Foster & Partners|
|Nexus One||Swiss Cottage, London||S&P Architects|
|Serpentine Pavilion||Hyde Park, London||Rem Koolhaas|
|St George Wharf||Lambeth, London||Broadway Malyan|
|St George's Island||Castlefield, Manchester||John McAslan/Dandara|
|University College Hospital||Bloomsbury, London||Llewlyn Davies|
Seven buildings were shortlisted in 2007. Opal Court, a student housing complex in Leicester, was voted the winner in October.
|Holiday Inn||Westhill, Aberdeenshire||Peter Redhead Architects|
|KX200||Pentonville Road, London||Allford Hall Monaghan Morris|
|More London||South Bank, London||Foster & Partners|
|Opal Court||Leicester||Stephen George & Partners|
|Orion Building||Birmingham||BBLB Architects with John Rocha|
|Skydec apartments||Wandsworth, London||Edward Potter Associates|
|Treasure House||Beverley, East Yorkshire||East Riding Council and Atkins|
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.
|Aqua housing||Poole, Dorset||BCA Architects|
|B-Central apartments||Bournemouth||Trinity Architecture|
|Blue Fin building||Bankside, London||Allies and Morrison|
|Broadgate Tower||Bishopsgate, London||Skidmore, Owings and Merrill|
|Radisson SAS Waterfront hotel||Saint Helier, Jersey||EPR Architects|
|Walton Street car park||Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire||Bourne Parking|
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.
|Amenities Building and International House||University of Nottingham Jubilee Campus||MAKE Architects|
|Hotel Missoni||Edinburgh||Allan Murray Architects|
|Liverpool Ferry Terminal||Liverpool||Hamilton Architects|
|One Park West||Liverpool One||Pelli Clarke Pelli|
|Poundbury Fire Station||Poundbury, Dorset||Carden Croft|
|Queen Margaret University||Musselburgh, East Lothian||Dyer Associates|
|Theatre Severn||Shrewsbury||Austin Smith Lord|
|Union Plaza||Aberdeen||Halliday Fraser Munro|
|Westfield Shopping Centre||Shepherd's Bush, London||Westfield Group|
|Woodlands Manor||Belfast||Coogan & Co.|
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."
|Bézier Apartments||Old Street, London||T. P. Bennett|
|Burns Monument Centre||Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire||East Ayrshire Council|
|Haymarket Hub||Newcastle||Reid Jubb Brown|
|St Anne's Square||Belfast||WDR & RT Taggart|
|Strata SE1||Elephant & Castle, London||BFLS|
|The Cube||Birmingham||MAKE Architects|
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.
|Ebenezer Chapel and Housing Development||Brighton||Molyneux Architects|
|MediaCityUK||Salford||Fairhurst, Chapman Taylor and Wilkinson Eyre|
|Museum of Liverpool||Liverpool||3XN/AEW Architects|
|Newport Station||Newport, Wales||Grimshaw Architects and Atkins|
|One Hyde Park||Knightsbridge, London||Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners|
|Phoenix High School||Shepherd's Bush, London||Bond Bryan|
|ArcelorMittal Orbit||Olympic Park, London||Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond|
|Cutty Sark Renovation||Greenwich, London||Grimshaw Architects|
|Firepool Lock Housing||Taunton, Somerset||Andrew Smith Architects|
|Mann Island Buildings||Liverpool||Broadway Malyan|
|Shard End Library||Birmingham||IDP Partnership|
|Titanic Belfast Museum||Belfast||Todd Architects and Civic Arts|
|465 Caledonian Road||University College London||Stephen George & Partners|
|Avant Garde, 34-42 Bethnal Green Road||Bethnal Green, London||Stock Woolstencroft|
|Castle Mill housing||Port Meadow, Oxford||Frankham Consultancy Group|
|Porth Eirias Watersports Centre||Colwyn Bay, Wales||K2 Architects|
|Premier Inn||Lambeth, London||Hamiltons|
|Redcar Beacon ('The Vertical Pier')||Redcar, North Yorkshire||Seven Architecture and Smeeden Foreman|
|Chancellor’s Building||University of Bath||Stride Treglown|
|QN7 flats||Holloway, London||CZWG|
|Unite Stratford City||Stratford, London||BDP|
|Vauxhall Tower||Vauxhall, London||Broadway Malyan|
|Woolwich Central||Woolwich, London||Sheppard Robson|
The shortlist of six was announced in August 2015, selected by a panel of judges including Building Design editor Thomas Lane, architectural critic Ike Ijeh, writer, broadcaster and historian Gillian Darley and architectural designer Eleanor Jolliffe, both columnists for the magazine. The winner was announced in September 2015 as 20 Fenchurch Street, designed by Rafael Viñoly.
|20 Fenchurch Street ('The Walkie-Talkie')||City of London||Rafael Viñoly|
|City Gateway||Swaythling, Southampton||Fluid Design|
|Parliament House||Lambeth, London||Keith Williams Architects|
|Waltham Forest YMCA building||Waltham Forest, London||Robert Kilgour Architects|
|Whittle Building||Peterhouse, University of Cambridge||John Simpson Architects|
|Woodward Hall||Imperial College London, North Acton, London||careyjones chapmantolcher (CJCT)|
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