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Last edited 29 Aug 2018
2016 Carbuncle Cup
The Carbuncle Cup is an annual architectural prize awarded to ‘the ugliest building in the United Kingdom completed in the last 12 months’. A shortlist is compiled from public-voted nominations, and the winner decided by a panel of critics.
Lincoln Plaza’s victory makes it the fifth consecutive year that London has received the award.
Lincoln Plaza is located in South Quay, neighbouring Canary Wharf, and was developed by Galliard Homes and designed by the firm BUJ Architects.
The precise location was one of the factors in the panel’s decision, with them criticising the developer’s marketing commentary which sought to describe the tower as being situated in the more prestigious district of Canary Wharf.
‘...a putrid pugilistic horror show that should never have been built. In its bilious cladding, chaotic form, adhesive balconies and frenzied facades, it exhibits the absolute worst in shambolic architectural design and cheap visual gimmickry.’
The other shortlisted projects that were beaten by Lincoln Plaza were as follows:
Saffron Square, Croydon
The Diamond, University of Sheffield
One Smithfield, Stoke-on-Trent
Poole Methodist Church extension, Poole
5 Broadgate, London
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