British architects are now deciding which one of these six finalists is the worst building of the year

British architects are now deciding which one of these six finalists is the worst building of the year

20 Fenchurch Street. Courtesy Diego Delso, Wikipedia
(Gary Ullah / Flickr)

Six of the worst buildings in Britain, shortlisted by British magazine Building Design, will battle it out to claim British architecture’s least wanted trophy.

Foster + Partners’ Moor House in London, completed in 2005, is a previous Carbuncle Cup winner. (Courtesy Foster + Partners)

The projects were chosen by a panel comprising BD editor Thomas Lane; architectural critic Ike Ijeh; writer, broadcaster, and historian Gillian Darley; and architectural designer Eleanor Jolliffe. The list was whittled from ten projects put forward by readers who felt compelled enough to voice their distaste about the structures that rudely entered their view.

The Strata, a previous Carbuncle winner by BFLS, has been a landmark feature in London’s skyline since 2010. (Courtesy Skyscrapercity User: SE9; via Wikipedia)

The Carbuncle Cup is in its ninth successive year and is proving to be a humorous, tongue-in-cheek response to the Stirling Prize awarded by RIBA.

Pedigree, it seems, won’t save you from being shortlisted for the prize. Foster+Partners and Rogers Stirk Harbour+Partners have previously made the list for their Moor House office development and One Hyde Park projects in London.

Past winners include the Strata SE1 building in south London by BFLS and the Cutty Sark renovation in Greenwich by Grimshaw Architects. Last year, Sheppard Robson’s Woolwich Central took the prize.

The winner of the Carbuncle Cup will be announced next Wednesday, September 9. Take a look at this year’s finalists below.

20 Fenchurch Street. Courtesy Diego Delso, Wikipedia

20 Fenchurch Sreet (aka The Walkie-Talkie Tower)
Rafael Viñoly Architects

Woodward Hall offers student accommodation for Imperial College London. (Courtesy Imperial College London)

Woodward Hall
North Acton, London
Careyjones Chapmantolcher

Whittle Building, Peterhouse, Cambridge. (Courtesy Wikipedia)

Whittle Building
Peterhouse, University of Cambridge
John Simpson Architects

Waltham Forest YMCA. (Courtesy Google)

Waltham Forest YMCA
Robert Kilgour Architects

City Gateway, Southampton. (Courtesy Wikipedia)

City Gateway
Swaythling, Southampton
Fluid Design

Parliament House from Black Prince Road, London. (Courtesy Google)

Parliament House
Lambeth, London
Keith Williams Architects