Rafael Viñoly’s car-melting Walkie-Talkie Tower named Britain’s worst building of the year

Architecture, Awards, Newsletter, Other
Thursday, September 3, 2015
20 Fenchurch Street, known as the 'Walkie-Talkie' seen on the left. (Joshua Brown / Flickr)

20 Fenchurch Street, known as the Walkie-Talkie, seen on the left. (Joshua Brown / Flickr)

After roasting cars and carpets, London’s 20 Fenchurch Street, nicknamed the Walkie-Talkie Tower, has itself been roasted as the winner of the Carbuncle Cup, British architecture’s least desirable award.

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

Architecture, Awards, International
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Gary Ullah / Flickr

(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.

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Golden Carbuncle: Grimshaw’s Cutty Sark Named Ugliest Building in UK

Eavesdroplet, International, Newsletter
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
(Jim Stephenson)

(Jim Stephenson)

The famous clipper ship Cutty Sark was recently rehabilitated by Grimshaw Architects, who also built an exhibition hall around the vessel. The project, which opened in April, has just received the dubious distinction of winning Building Design’s 2012 Carbuncle (a.k.a. “ugliest building”) Cup award. Parked in Greenwich, England and categorized as a World Heritage site, the ship now floats on a blue glass base intended to suggest water. But the resulting effect is more bateau-en-gelée, prompting BD executive editor Ellis Woodman to write that the project had “the best of intentions and yet has tragically succeeded in defiling the very thing it set out to save.”

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