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Wednesday23 July 2014

Carbuncle Cup nomination — Novotel and Ibis Hotels, Blackfriars Road, London by HKR Architects

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From the nominator: “This stretch of Blackfriars Road is not pretty and the majority of the surrounding buildings are nothing special (except the tidy brick building Christ Church Southwark) however this does not excuse the intimidating mass of this block. There are poorly scaled references to warehouse windows; there are echoes of Gehry’s American Centre in Paris, but one that’s been scaled and flattened. None of this I find relevant to the context nor indeed pleasant to look at.”

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  • Put amongst the Arcellor-whats-it-name Orbit and the Cutty Sark greenhouse, this doesn't look that bad. Uninspiring and bland perhaps, but as the blurb in the nomination points out, it's on a stretch of the road that "is not pretty and the majority of the surrounding buildings are nothing special" so it should fit right in.

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  • Unfortunately this building isn't particularly awful - it's just average for British architecture at the moment. This is what we've sunk to.

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  • Mike Duriez

    Novotel hotels as a brand are quite tacky and usually poorly put together. You expect the finishes to start peeling off within weeks of completion. This looks pretty good for a Novotel. And, as Scepical has pointed out, this is pretty normal for UK architecture. As Caixa has suggested, only the Orbit and the Carbuncle Sark Cushion should be in the running.

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  • Alex Henderson

    I'm sorry, but the Orbit still wins it hands down for me.

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  • Its not that bad.

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  • zecks_marquise

    just like the architecture, this building is just making up the numbers in this competition

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  • Ptolemy Jones

    Nouveauotel? The sort of place you would bump into the Dutchess of York.

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  • marianna cavada

    Barely mediocre architecture is the force behind amusing critique !!!

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  • My benchmark for the Carbuncle Cup is the execrable St George Wharf in Vauxhall. Nothing so far nominated this year comes even close.

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  • @Simon White: Yes, St George Wharf is hedious but for its sheer pointlessness and ugliness, the Orbit Bobbitt has got to take the cup this year.

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