Admit it, as much as we may admire the winners of prestigious architecture awards, what we love are the losers – those projects so bad, they are worthy of their own kind of recognition.
Hence, the Carbuncle Cup.
Launched last year by “BD” – an architectural website in Britain – “the Carbuncle Cup is to the Stirling Prize what the Golden Raspberries are to the Oscars.” This year’s nominees are here.
It’s Opal Court in Leicester, by Stephen George.
And another, “More London,” an office complex by Foster and Partners:
It was nominated by Edwin Heathcote, architecture critic of the Financial Times, who writes:
Reasons to hate More London: More Toronto, Less London. Corporate facelessness, slick and facile glass and steel in a sea of ill-conceived and sinister public space, all CCTV, chain sandwich shops and overchlorinated fountains.
More Toronto? That’s pretty low, Edwin.