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

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
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(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.”

(Jim Stephenson)

(Jim Stephenson)

(Jim Stephenson)

(Jim Stephenson)

(Jim Stephenson)

(Jim Stephenson)

(Jim Stephenson)

(Jim Stephenson)

(Jim Stephenson)

(Jim Stephenson)

2 Responses to “Golden Carbuncle: Grimshaw’s Cutty Sark Named Ugliest Building in UK”

  1. David Johanson says:

    It doesn’t take much to be a critic. LIghten up for goodness sake.

  2. Mike says:

    These ugly buildings are an example of true ugliness. But this one?
    Maybe breathtaking? Or a very ambitious idea that didn’t end up so well as it had been planned?

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