Lincoln Plaza in London’s Docklands, a 31-storeyed block of luxury flats near Canary Wharf, has been named the worst new building in the United Kingdom in the 2016 Carbuncle Cup.
The Lincoln Plaza housing tower situated in east London by BUJ Architects received the award by architecture website Building and Design. The website while announcing its award explained, “Lincoln Plaza is a putrid, pugilistic horror show that should never have been built. In its bilious cladding, chaotic form, adhesive balconies and frenzied facades, it exhibits the absolute worst in shambolic architectural design and cheap visual gimmickry.”
However, the designers claim the architecture of the building is a work of art and taste may vary in art. “Architectural design is art, and like all art, a matter of personal tastes. Each project the company delivers is bespoke and distinctive and the company has built a strong reputation for rapidly selling out,” a BBC report quoted the developers of the building.
Six buildings were shortlisted for the most unwanted award this year. The Broadgate redevelopment by Make and an extension to a Methodist church by Intelligent Design Centre were among the projects that were shortlisted by the magazine. The Make’s 5 Broadgate office building was the most high-profile project on the list.
This was the fifth consecutive time a luxurious London building has received the horrendous award.
The Carbuncle Cup is not a dream but every architect’s nightmare. The award every year points out the worst construction of the year, the disgrace that blights the skylines and becomes a misfit on the streets. From inferior renovations to bloated towers, it awards the most atrocious “crimes against architecture” or as they put it crimes against the public.