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Last edited 06 Dec 2020
2017 Carbuncle Cup
The Carbuncle Cup is an annual 'prize' awarded to the ugliest UK building completed in the last 12 months. A shortlist is compiled from public nominations, and the winner decided by a panel of critics.
The development is a bright red £380 million office and residential complex, occupying an entire block opposite the redeveloped Victoria Station. With a pointed peak that reaches 18 storeys-high, the building incorporates a sheer face of red glass criss-crossed with aluminium bracing. Around the side of the 'red wedge' runs a screen of aluminium fins, cut with rippled profiles. At ground level, these aluminium fins form a series of serrated openings.
The other shortlisted projects that were beaten by Nova Victoria were as follows:
[Photograph © Paul Melling.]
[Photograph © Alex Upton.]
[Images courtesy of Building Design.]
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