Two of central London’s biggest development projects have been shortlisted for the trophy that nobody wants – the Carbuncle Cup 2017.
Billed as “architecture’s wooden spoon”, the annual “awards” are run by Building Design and selected by a panel of judges, with input from readers.
Describing this year’s shortlist, the magazine said the six contenders “suffer from a range of sins including gross overdevelopment, eye popping cladding, overbearing massing, a gross disregard for context, incoherent form, overblown ‘statement’ buildings, weak planning and the just plain, cheap and nasty”.
Battersea Power Station’s Circus West phase comes in for some serious stick, with Simpson Haugh’s design berated for “managing to pull off the feat of making Europe’s largest brick building look small”.
Land Securities’ 897,000 square foot Nova scheme in Victoria has also been shortlisted, alongside a “Lego brick” house extension in Malvern, a “discordant” student accommodation block in Portsmouth, a “gaudy and drab” office-to-hotel conversion in Waterloo, and the bizarre new entrance to Preston Railway Station.
Check out the full shortlist and takedowns here