Friday01 August 2014

Carbuncle Cup nomination — City View, Kensal Rise, London, by Chassay Last and Boon Brown Architects

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From the nominator: “It’s brand new and is clad in GOLD  and looks terrible and completely out of place next door to a conservation area.”

From the Evening Standard, City Spy, June 11 2012: “At last. An answer to the question mystifying the good burghers of Kensal Green: who on earth is to blame for the garish golden exterior of the new Bellway apartment block development, called City View? John Watson, chief executive of Bellway, insists his housebuilding company is not at fault. “It’s got an awful colour cladding on it,” he admits. “But that’s not our choice. It’s been imposed by the planning authorities at Brent Council. I think that’s completely wrong.” Too right! At least Watson, whose company is based in Newcastle, doesn’t have to look at the golden monstrosity every day. Local residents, who are already mightily annoyed with Brent for closing a string of libraries, now have another reason to dislike the Council.”

Clarification: This site was purchased with planning permission for a scheme designed by Chassay Last Architects. Boon Brown was appointed to produce the technical design for construction purpose.



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  • Local authorities can screw up your projects. One a very high profile project located just in the City of Westminster, the council insisted on high quality pre-cast concrete on one wall (but were happy with the insitu on the adjacent walls). The result is that now all the concrete is painted to match and looks very nasty. Using precast also messed up the services strategy. Won't mention the project's name just in case it gets nominated.

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  • Thomas Corrie

    I had got as far as taking some photographs of this monstrosity with a view to nominating it.

    It is not just the vulgar colour of the cladding that I find objectionable but also its aggressive domination of the surrounding three-storey Victorian streets.

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  • I live just up the road from this one. What the photos don't show is that the cladding is irregular in places and many of the joints look poorly formed.
    I'm glad it's been nominated.

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  • Mike Duriez

    It may be a bit naff to Western eyes, but this building provides entry level housing to meet the aesthetic needs of people from the Former Soviet Union.

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  • despite all the evidence to the contrary, someone really doesn't have the midas touch.

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  • Nowhere near as bad as the orbital.

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  • Alex Henderson

    This could be Auric Goldfinger's headquarters: "I've been expecting you Mr Bond..."

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  • Sebastian Cuff

    I say, it's either a waste of iron or a waste of gold, what? My view is that the Balmond-Kapoor catastrophy is the true carbuncle of Olampic proportions.

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  • Wow! I didn't think anything could compete with the Orbit but to me this one's a close second.

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  • Wow! I want to move in and have a gold interior. I love the excess of kitsch!

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