Which building will take home the 2017 Carbuncle Cup? Earlier this week, UK-based BD Magazine announced six shortlisted projects that are still in the running for the “prize”. Established by BD, the yearly competition crowns one project as “Britain's worst new building” from the last 12 months. Unsurprisingly, the contest has stirred up controversy in Europe for the way it singles out architecture firms and shames them.
Judged by a jury panel with consideration of BD readers' feedback, the six shortlisters “suffer from a range of sins”, as BD Magazine writes. These blunders include overwhelming “statement” buildings, incoherent form, overdevelopment, and plain ol' gaudiness, among other factors. The shortlisted projects are:
- Nova Victoria by PLP Architecture
- Preston Railway Station Butler Street Entrance by AHR
- Greetham Street Student Halls, Portsmouth by Cooley Architects
- 8 Somers Road, Malvern by Vivid Architects
- Circus West, Battersea Power Station, London by Simpson Haugh
- Park Plaza London Waterloo by ESA Architecture
“Our six strong shortlist contains a mix of buildings types of differing scales and demonstrates that buildings don’t have to be big to be bad and that poor quality architecture touches all building types,” BD writes. The Carbuncle Cup winner will be revealed September 6. Last year, London's Lincoln Plaza won the prize.
Read more about the shortlist on BD.
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