Carbuncle Cup nomination — The Prince’s Foundation’s Natural House
Have your say on this year’s shortlist
From the nominator:
“I think that attempt to synthesise old fashioned design ideas and appearance with the need to use modern materials and constructions has not succeeded.
The roof being black and at an unusually high pitch and with such a large overhang is far too dominant and dark a feature, giving a rather unwelcoming and cold appearance to the building. This is emphasised by the black soffite and black strip at the top of the wall.
The white rendered walls whilst oft beloved by architects do not necessarily fare well in the British climate. In most “traditional” buildings the render is a softer colour, and the surfaces are broken to prevent staining.
The black window frames and lack of glazing bars make black soulless holes into the house, a feature more typical of low quality spec office buildings. Again “traditional” architecture would have at least meant white, or a paler coloured frame, and at least one glazing bar.
The few minor “classical’ details such as the column heads are an almost meaningless sop to the idea of “traditional” architecture, whatever that is.”
Carbuncle cup nominations are now open. Email yours to email@example.com or tweet your nomination using #carbunclecup
Any building with a known designer that completed in the last 12 months or is due for completion before the 2012 Olympics is eligible.
Each week we’ll feature one nominated building. The buildings with most comments will automatically make the shortlist alongside those selecetd by the judges.