The City of London's contentious 'Walkie Talkie' building has been announced as the winner of the 2015 Carbuncle Cup.
It pipped five other shortlisted buildings to the post to take the unenviable title of the worst building in the UK.
The winner was chosen by a panel of judges that include Thomas Lane, BD editor, BD columnists Gillian Darley and Eleanor Jolliffe, and architectural critic Ike Ijeh. Feedback from readers were also taken into account while judging each entry.
This truly carbuncular design by Rafael Vinoly received the most nominations for this year’s award. It also attracted the most online vitriol, with one person declaring that they wanted to live long enough to see it demolished. Another commenter called the Walkie Talkie a “ghastly eyesore” and the strongest contender for the Carbuncle Cup 2015.
It came ahead of staunch competition, such as:
Woodward Hall, North Acton
This design appalled local resident Jonathan Notley so much that he stood for Parliament on a platform calling for the total ban of ‘inappropriate development’. Woodward Hall, which was designed by Careyjones Chapmantolcher, was described by nominators as a disaster. Mr Notley went so far as to suggest that the architect should be ordered to ‘do time’ in one of the tiny apartments intended for students.
Whittle Building, University of Cambridge
This structure, conceived and designed by John Simpson Architects, forms the fourth side of Gisborne Court. It makes an attempt to blend into the gothic revival style maintained by the court, but lacks the rich stylistic touches evident on the neighbouring buildings. The result is an awkward interpretation of gothic architecture that looks abysmally modern and out of place among its peers.