Carbuncle Cup 2012: the shortlist
After months of public nominations, these six are one step closer to winning architecture’s wooden spoon…
The Carbuncle Cup was launched seven years ago at the height of a building boom, but with much less being built today one might imagine that nominations would be a great deal thinner on the ground.
And yet, once again, BD readers have unearthed evidence from all across the country of quite how bad the very worst of British architecture can be.
Fronting the ever-popular failed icon category we have Kapoor & Balmond’s Orbit, nominated not only for its unique ugliness but for the mockery it makes of London 2012’s claims to sustainability.
Joining it are two buildings that plumb new depths of inanity in their literal architectural expression. Belfast’s Titanic museum has been designed to resemble the collision of a ship and an iceberg. Shard End Library is a library with a shard sticking out its end.
Our list also boasts two wrist-slashingly awful housing schemes: the dismally proportioned, thinly detailed and grimly utilitarian Firepool Lock in Taunton and the Mann Island development in Liverpool, a scheme that completes the desecration of that city’s once great waterfront.
Rounding out our list of horrors we have the new visitor facilities at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, a scheme that obscures one of the jewels of British maritime heritage behind an ineptly detailed greenhouse.
Bad as each of our shortlistees may be, our jury including BD columnists Owen Hatherley and Gillian Darley and executive editor, Ellis Woodman will work tirelessly over the next month in assessing their relative awfulness with a view to announcing an ultimate winner on August 24.
This year’s Carbuncle Cup Shortlist:
The Carbuncle Cup 2012 shortlist has been selected from a long list of nominated buildings chosen by the readers of Bdonline. A winner will be chosen by an independent judging panel and revealed in August.