Carbuncle Cup unveils 2016 shortlist – UK’s ugliest buildings under spotlight

Six buildings in Britain have been shortlisted for architecture’s least wanted award – the Carbuncle Cup 2016.

The notorious competition highlights the worst new building in the country and this year the Broadgate redevelopment (main picture) by Make in London and an extension to a Methodist church by Intelligent Design Centre are among the projects unveiled by organiser and architecture website BD.

Make’s 5 Broadgate office building is the most high-profile project on the list, having involved the controversial demolition of part of the 1980s Postmodern Broadgate development by Arup Associates and Peter Foggo.

Another London building “recognised” is the Lincoln Plaza housing tower by BUJ Architects, which was described by one nominator as “an open invitation to commit suicide” thanks to its irregular stacked-box form and jutting rectangular balconies.

The Saffron Square development in Croydon by architect Rolfe Judd, which features a housing tower clad in multicoloured panels, was slammed  fire for its “car crash of a facade”.

“Croydon may be laying claim to being south London’s Silicon Valley but if it keeps on producing buildings like this the grass may well be greener elsewhere,” said the citation.

Twelve Architects’ engineering faculty building for Sheffield University, known as The Diamond thanks to its diamond-patterned facade, was described as “committing sins on both the outside and inside”.

An extension to Poole Methodist Church by Intelligent Design Centre also made the list, despite its relatively small size.

“The building screams of the same bland, belligerent mediocrity that is the insidious moniker of ostensibly polite and ubiquitous background architecture everywhere,” said the citation.

RHWL Architects’ One Smithfield in Stoke on Trent, which will be the local council’s new offices, rounds off the shortlist.

“Regeneration has been long been hijacked as a vehicle for poor architecture and this is a classic example,” said the judges.”An aesthetic mutation between the nostalgic 1980s brain games of Connect 4 and Blockbusters might not seem like a natural breeding ground for architectural malevolence but this building proves what happens when colour goes rogue,” they added.