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Thursday31 July 2014

Carbuncle Cup citation: Museum of Liverpool by 3XN/AEW

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“Like giving a pretty girl a black eye, knocking all her teeth out and saying ’smile you look lovely’”

The full citation:

“Next to our three gently ageing Edwardian Beauties, The Three Graces, The Port of Liverpool Building, The Cunard Building and the Liver Building, they stick a trashy tart.

“A building that jerks against the restrained classiscism that made Liverpool famous, that escaped the blitz, that managed to survive against all odds……….only now to look alien in their own settings.

“The challenge was to use classical materials in a modern manner but here they have failed.

“Travertine was the first choice abandoned for the cheaper Jura after planning approval.

“Below it is the now destroyed Manchester Dock that was intact and predated the Albert Dock by 60 years.

“Is it only Liverpool that thinks it can get away with destroying its history in a World Heritage Site. It is being bravefaced but it really is like giving a pretty girl a black eye, knocking all her teeth out and saying ’smile you look lovely’.” 

 

 

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  • The new museum on Liverpool's once-elegant waterfront is a true example of an architectural carbuncle. This building would not look out of place on an industrial estate, or a new town college campus. However, setting is everything, and in this case the setting is a World Heritage site.
    It seems to scream "look at me, I'm modern!" but all the while it is simply a Niemeyer rehash with all the style of a 60s lava lamp. Tacky in the extreme.

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  • what about broadway malyans black glass clad monstrosity, which by all reports seems to have ruined liverpoo'ls waterfront far more so than this?

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  • Plastic surgery desperately needed here! Even a coat of paint to kill the glare would be something.....I think this is going to be the clear winner. What was wrong with the Council and the planners going for this? It is THEY who deserve the biggest slap.

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