The ugliest building of the year?

Lincoln Plaza in London has been awarded the Carbuncle Cup – the prize for the ugliest new building of the year.

The award, which is decided every year by architecture magazine Building Design, was selected by a panel of judges that included BD editor Thomas Lane, architectural critic Ike Ijeh, BD columnist Ben Flatman and LSEs Director of Estates Julian Robinson.

Taking into account reader comments, the BD panel decided that the luxury development in London’s Dockland was the worst new structure to be built in 2016.

Designed by BUJ Architects for Galliard Homes, the project consists of two residential towers – Franklin and Hreenwich – which combine with a hotel and sit next to a separate drum-shaped structure. Stretching 31 storeys high, with prices starting from £795,000 for the remaining three-bedroom flats, the properties offer breathtaking views, first class facilities and superlative living accommodation in Canary Wharf. Each apartment has SMEG kitchen appliances and Hansgrohe bathroom refinements, not to mention access to a spa, pool and gym, plus a 24-hour concierge, business lounge, private cinema and four-storey winter garden on the 22nd floor.

BD’s judges, though, respectfully disagreed.

“Lincoln Plaza is the type of project that gives high-rise housing a bad name,” said Flatman.

“When you look at the crazy patterns, pick and mix colours and gimmicky balconies you can see that it lacks poise, foundation or clarity of vision,” added Robinson. “Its neighbours aren’t great but this is just an unmitigated mess.”

Lane added that too many elevational treatments were squeezed into one building: “This is the worst building amongst a swathe of mediocrity. South Quay is rapidly turning into London’s Carbuncle Cluster.”

Ijeh delivered the final blow, describing the property as a “grotesque Jenga game of rabid rectilinear blocks without the promise of collapse”.

Other contenders for the prize include Saffron Square in London (Rolfe Judd), The Diamond at the University of Sheffield (Twelve Architects), One Smithfield in Stoke on Trent (RHWL Architects), the Poole Methodist Church extension (Intelligent Design Centre) and 5 Broadgate in London (Make Architects). Lincoln Plaza, though, took home the cup. You can see more images below and find out more about the development at its official website. What do you think of it?



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