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Some things surpass understanding. In Battersea there exists an erection which has attracted universal local opprobrium, is monumentally disproportionate to all around it and which has been likened to a steel doughnut, a badly designed football stadium and other items too rude for your tender readers. It is Albion Riverside, mind-boggingly designated 'Apartment Building of the Year' in the National HomeBuilder Design Awards.

From any angle it dominates the horizon and looms over its surroundings like a prehistoric monster with a mouldy 'carapace'. But it's not nearly as attractive as the average dinosaur, or even King Kong. The interiors are unremarkable and mostly feature a 'fully integrated kitchen', meaning the buyer gets a wet bar in the living room.

If this is really the best apartment building, the worst would defy any imagination. Still, if Norman Foster designed it, it must be good. Perhaps it should be on the water, not just beside it, as clearly that is where he walks.

Rebecca Goldsmith, London SW11

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