Carbuncle Cup 2013 shortlist revealed
The six buildings that are one step closer to winning architecture’s wooden spoon…
Launched eight years ago, The Carbuncle Cup was designed as a humorous counterpart to the prestigious Stirling Prize. Since then it has become a regular - if controversial - fixture in the architectural calendar.
Source: Stuart Harrison
Even in times of economic turmoil, when few major projects are being built, hundreds of architectural travesties are allowed to pass through our planning system on a weekly basis. Few of these are ever truly exposed for the awfulness they represent - lazy design, compromised planning departments and cynical development.
After years of starchitect boom, this year Carbuncle Cup has returned to its roots, seeking out some of the worst everyday projects from across the country.
Our shortlist was whittled down from public nominations submitted to BD via email. Public comments on Bdonline supporting or against each nomination were considered during the shortlisting.
A final winner will be selected by a jury including BD executive editor Ellis Woodman and critics Owen Hatherley and Gillian Darley. The winner will be announced on August 30.
The Carbuncle Cup Shortlist 2013:
The Castle Mill housing development in Oxford is the most nominated project in the history of Carbuncle Cup. Since BD first named the development as one of this year’s nominees, the controversy surrounding the development has escalated further and it is now at the centre of a judicial review bid.
Also in the student housing category is this rather excellent example of facadism which can be spotted on London’s Caledonian Road.
Source: Ellis Woodman
Sticking with residential monstrosities: this grossly over-scaled development in East London was bad enough before they gave it such an inappropriate name.
Source: Andrea Klettner
Redcar’s ‘beacon’; shape making gone horribly, horribly wrong.
Source: submitted by nominator
Porth Eirias sports centre had so much potential before multiple revisions and cost cutting led to the Creation of this, known not-so-affectionally as ‘the dumpster’ by locals.
The Premier Inn in Lambeth is a travesty in more ways than one - we shudder at its lumpen form and mourn the building demolished to make way for it.
* The original design was by Hamiltons whose name is on the planning application. The practice no longer exists but all Hamiltons projects transferred to Flanagan Lawrence, BD has been told. Dexter Moren was appointed by the contractor, Sisk, to build out the project.
**It has come to our attention that Smeedon Foreman were the team leader for Redcar seafront, but Seven Architecture designed the Redcar Beacon.