The Carbuncle Cup: the award every architect dreads
The Carbuncle Cup, the award no architect wants to win, has recently been awarded to a property on Liverpool‘s World Heritage listed waterfront.
The Pier Head Ferry Terminal, designed by Belfast-based Hamilton Architects, has been nominated as this year’s ugliest building in an anti-Stirling Prize scheme set up by Amanda Baillieu of architectural newspaper Building Design.
Speaking to The Times, Baillieu says:
“When an architect has done something truly awful, they deserve to be kicked.” About the awards, she adds: “We set up the cup four years ago. Architects constantly garland themselves with awards. TheyΓÇÖre tripping over them. But when you see whatΓÇÖs being built all over the country, you have to think, hold on a minute.”
When viewing the Ferry Terminal, she says: “It’s just dross. Look at it. It’s … agh!”
For more examples of would-be winners of the Carbuncle Cup, go to badbritisharchitecture.blogspot.com (note that this site contains language that some users may find offensive!)
In the meantime, the competition for the world of architecture’s most sought-after award – the Stirling Prize – is hotting up. The winner is to be announced on 17th October, and the current favourite is Tony Fretton’s design for the Fuglsang Kunstmuseum in Denmark.
Previous winners include “The Gherkin”, an iconic office in the City of London, officially known as 30 St Mary Axe, that won in 2004, the Scottish Parliament property in 2005, and Lord Rogers of Riverside, who won the Stirling Prize in 2006 for Barajas Airport in Madrid.
If you know of any properties worthy of either the Carbuncle Cup or the Stirling Prize, get in touch below and share your views.
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