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Thursday24 July 2014

Carbuncle Cup nomination — ArcellorMittal Orbit, Olympic Park, London, by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond

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From the nominator: “There is only one outstanding ‘building’ worthy of the title and that is Anish Kapoor’s unbelievably ugly ‘Orbit’ at the Olympic Park.”

The ArcelorMittal Orbit: a once in a lifetime project.

The ArcelorMittal Orbit: a once in a lifetime project.

The ArcelorMittal Orbit

The ArcelorMittal Orbit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Readers' comments (41)

  • it's a load of old scrap ( the model looks a lot better )... or couldn't they find a sponsor to cover it a la Olympic stadium?

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  • I agree- this erection is a national embarassment.

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  • Woodarc

    The only good thing about it will be the view at the top! The whole thing is not at all pleasing on the eye.

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  • Piers Frowde

    It's realy amazing, Cecil. it almsot looks if it would stand up if you removed all that red tat.

    Actually it would stand up.

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  • Mike Duriez

    This is a good choice for the award. It is ugly, a waste of money and environmentally unsound. Clearly the whole concept should have been flushed down the toilet in Davos immediately Boris and Lakshmi first thought of it.

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  • Alex Henderson

    Yes! One word sums up this structure: Ugly. It's a shame because some of Kapoor's stuff is quite good.

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  • FLAB Architects

    Here at FLAB Architects we are conducting a series of brainstorming sessions to develop a legacy scheme for the ArcellorMittalOrbiter. Ideas proposed so far include cutting it up and rebuilding it as a new pier for Brighton, or as cable car support columns to reach the top of Ben Nevis. Here at FLAB, we are rather in awe of Kapoor, and we don't think these ideas are quite worthy, so would welcome further suggestions.

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  • I'm not sure...it's so wilfully bonkers, it's almost commendable. It's quite astounding - such a hulking and unapologetic piece of nonsense, that in a way it's not depressing enough to be a carbuncle nominee!

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  • what was the original idea?

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  • There is not a single redeeming feature. What a pig!

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