A 31-storey tower scheme in London’s Docklands designed by BUJ Architects has been crowned the worst new building in the UK
The ‘gimmicky’ Lincoln Plaza development for Galliard Homes, was named the 2016 winner of Building Design’s annual Carbuncle Cup award with the judges critical of its ’hideous melange of materials’.
Officially phase two of the wider Indescon court development, the high-rise residential scheme saw off a shortlist of schemes - Rolfe Judd’s Saffron Square in Croydon, Make’s 5 Broadgate, Twelve Architects’ Diamond building at the University of Sheffield, Poole Methodist Church extension by Intelligent Design Centre and One Smithfield, Stoke on Trent, by RHWL Architects.
BD editor Thomas Lane said he was unsure why the architect had chosen to cram so many elevational treatments on to the tower. ’This is the worst building amongst a swathe of mediocrity,’ he said. ’South Quay is rapidly turning into London’s Carbuncle Cluster.’
The value of the award - a yearly wooden spoon for architecture - has been the subject of debate in recent weeks with the AJ’s Paul Finch claiming that the trophy is ’the product of mental idleness rather than genuine thought about the way in which architecture both absorbs and reflects culture, economics [and] fashion’ and fellow AJ columnist Cathy Slessor disagreeing.
BUJ has been contacted for comment.
Response from Galliard Homes:
’The London Borough of Tower Hamlets appointed a design committee to review the architectural plans for this site, and the design committee loved the project and its design. The Lincoln Plaza scheme was designed to compliment the existing architecture of London Docklands and the striking mosaic design was created to provide a striking and fresh contrast. Architectural design is art, and like all art, a matter of personal tastes.
’The scheme sold out to buyers, so clearly the project is liked by the purchasers. [We] are committed to providing homes for Londoners and helping young people get onto the housing ladder. Each project the company delivers is bespoke and distinctive and the company has built a strong reputation for rapidly selling out due to the quality of the homes and the highly competative prices offered.’
Carbuncle cup winner BUJ Lincoln Plaza