Carbuncle Cup: 15 Clerkenwell Close by Groupwork & Amin Taha Architects

15 Clerkenwell Close 1

Ruin porn makes its debut in Clerkenwell

At first glance 15 Clerkenwell Close isn’t that bad, almost ignorable. The grid shaped structure is hardly out of step with contemporary offices nor is it massively detrimental to its historical area, despite protests to the contrary.

A second look though and you get a sense of how irritating the design is. It’s a dangerous combination of quirky and pretentious that veers too close to ruin-porn for a luxury office and flat in Central London.

The prominent stone facade could possibly be called quirky. But the cobbled together application of found parts with polished and rougher elements is more jarring than to the eye though and asks the question “why?” rather than presenting a confident intent of design. The way the stone protrudes out from the rest of the building as well feels eerily reminiscent of 2013’s Carbuncle Cup winner UCL’s student halls on Caledonian Road.…

This content is available to Registered users

You are not currently logged in.

LOGIN or REGISTER to access this story

LOGIN or REGISTER for free access on selected stories and sign up for email alerts.

Take out a subscription to BD and you will get immediate access to:

  • Up to the minute architecture news from around the UK
  • Reviews of the latest buildings from all corners of the world
  • Our monthly digital edition including stunning photos, building and technical studies
  • Full access to all our online archives
  • PLUS you will receive a print copy of WA100 when it is published in January

Get access to premium content subscribe today