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Friday18 August 2017

carbuncle cup 2009

Entries open for the 2009 Carbuncle Cup

The Radisson Hotel Jersey was 2008's Carbuncle Cup winner
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2009 Carbuncle Cup – nominations now open to find the most hideous new building completed in the UK in the last 12 months..

Now in its third year, the Carbuncle Cup is to the Stirling Prize what the Golden Raspberries are to the Oscars and over the next four weeks we’ll be taking your nominations for this year’s prize.

High profile monstrosities, value-engineered shockers, buildings so ugly they freeze the heart - crap architecture continues its march across our towns and cities.

From your suggestions, we’ll draw up a shortlist and the winner will be decided by a panel of expert judges, and announced in the autumn.

So get those nominations in, either by commenting below or emailing us at bdonline@ubm.com telling us where the building is and why it deserves to win. Pictures are welcome.

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  • My nomination for a Carbuncle award would be the new school block at Longsands College, St Neots, Cambs. A monstrosity of the first order, which makes me think the concept of an architects ''MOT', to determine annually if they are fit to practice - or in this case practise - really is a jolly good idea.

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  • 1. Nearly all housing in the UK built this last year? 2. Chelsea Barracks, built last year in Rogers' mind. 3. Nearly every office block built in the UK this last year. British architecture is now just Carbuncle architecture.

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  • Do let us know specific buildings if you want your entry to be considered

  • It has got to be Make Architects International House... or the Amenities building... or the Gateway Building which are all the more wrenchingly ugly in real life than the photos give credit... hang on.... NO... it has to be "Aspire" the tallest and also most ghastly free standing sculpture in the UK. it looks like a 1st year one liner without the whit to see itself as a joke.

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  • The new Missoni Hotel in Edinburgh. It's a great lump of unimaginative building in a sensitive area. Sometimes building something that's better than what it replaces isn't good enough!

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  • Three buildings spring to mind that have appeared overt he last year, firstly the Westfield Shopping Centre in West London, an oversized box of artificial spending, secondly, the Wharfside Point South development in Poplar (was it intentional to look like Robin Hood Gardens?) and thirdly a carbuncle that will appear on billions of TV screen across the world in 2012, the One Stratford development opposite the Olympic Park, an apartment block that has the equivalent of multiple-personality disorder with a green front, blue back and red podium shunted onto the back. Gracious it is not.

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  • opal 3 tower in leeds is the most worst sky plaza tower in leeds is also bad

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  • Absolutely agree - the Missoni, Allan Murray Architects, another ghastly building by them in Edinburgh. It's dreadful, a great lump, in the World Heritage Site, with some timber twiddles added. Is the AMA Cube finished yet, too? If so then that can be added. And the Bath Busometer, Wilkinson Eyre, which replaced something far, far better, in Churchill House, but the council allowed that to be demolished. That's a World Heritage Site too.

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  • Another for Edinburgh WHS is the Malcolm Fraser Dovecot Studios. What not to do with a listed building in a sensitive spot. The lump on the side is locally known as the Biscuit Tin, while the extra storey has all the grace and charm of a WWII look-out tower.

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  • It has to be Allies and Morrison's car-park in Sheffield.

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  • Surely it has to be Parkside flats in Finsbury Park by Sergison Bates. This has to be the ugliest building built in London for a decade. Elsewhere in the Uk, they have beed knocking down flats built in 50's and 60's that look like this, it is something out of a Soviet manual! This is why so much of the general public support Prince Charles and hate us architects.

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