There are now so many architecture prizes that “the phrase ‘award-winning architect’ has never been so meaningless,” observed the Guardian’s Oliver Wainright earlier this year. In a profession littered with distinctions, the Carbuncle Cup, stands out as the enfant terrible of architecture awards; one of few accolades dedicated to bad architecture. The Cup was launched in 2006 by Building Design Magazine, which has just released nominations for “the ugliest building in the United Kingdom completed in the last 12 months.” Included on the shortlist are two student dormitories in London and Oxford and a self-proclaimed “Premier” lumpy hotel. The monumental, high-profile works of erstwhile nominees Foster + Partners, SOM, and Rem Koolhaas are missing from this year’s list — it seems that 2013 is the year of ugly, smaller-scale architecture. That’s populism for you! ARTINFO’s personal pick for winner of the 2013 Carbuncle Cup is London’s Avant Garde Residence by Stock Woolstencroft — a name as unfortunate as the accompanying design. We can’t help but wonder if the architects at Stock Woolstencroft burned all their art history textbooks before coming up with this number. Click below to see the rest of the nominees.
Castle Mill Student Housing, Oxford, by Frankham Consultancy Group — looks like Oxford’s cows live better than its students these days.
- Anna Kats
Images courtesy of Building Design.