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And the award goes to… London's ugliest new buildings named and shamed

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21st Aug 13 9:50 am

Every year the ugliest new UK buildings get named and shamed in the Carbuncle Cup prize, and this year is no different.

The 2013 prize features six buildings that have been shortlisted, out of about 200 entries from across the UK submitted by the public. London is home to three of the finalists:  

  1. Port Meadow, 465 Caledonian Road – Is in the student housing category and has been selected as an example of facadism gone wrong.
  2. Avant Garde, 34-42 Bethnal Green Road – Seen as a residential category frontrunner, the 25-storey development has been slammed for its failure to take the low-level Victorian design of neighbouring buildings into account.
  3. Premier Inn, Lambeth – A commercial miscalculation, partnering space-age hotel with a spiralling lower dome and shooting towers surrounded by period buildings.

The three other non-London finalists include: Castle Mill housing in Port Meadow, Oxford; Redcar Beacon aka the Vertical Pier in Redcar; and Porth Eirias Watersports Centre in Colwyn Bay, Wales.

Caledonia Road

Caledonian Road development as it is supposed to look

Caledonia Road front

However, people seem to dislike the old facade that has been fused with the new building

Bethnal Green ugly

Avant Garde in Bethnal Green


Premier Inn in Lambeth

The Carbuncle Cup prize is run by Building Design magazine and the winner will be announced on 30 August.

Last year, the £50m restoration of the Cutty Sark in Greenwich took the top ugly building spot, narrowly beating the ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture at the Olympic Park.

Cutty Sark

Olympics Orbit building

The ArcelorMittal Orbit building

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