Taking the good with the bad

Taking the good with the bad

In the interest of fairness, and in light of our recent article featuring the best building designs from eVolo Magazine’s 2010 Skyscraper Competition, we thought we’d better divulge the frontrunners for the antitheses of good design. Building Design magazine has announced six finalists for its 2010 Carbuncle Cup, which celebrates buildings at the epitome of ugly.

To gain entry into this prestigious competition, buildings must have been constructed within the last 12 months.

Our pick of the finalists is the Strata tower in Elephant & Castle, by BFLS. The nomination was put forth by the Georgian Group for what they describe as “plain visual grotesqueness”.

The remainder of the contenders are:

Belfast: St Anne’s Square development by WDR & RT Taggart 

Bézier Apartments by TP Bennet

Kilmarnock: The Burns Monument Centre

Birmingham: The Cube by Make

Newcastle: Haymarket Hub by Reid Jubb Brown

For more ugly details, head along to the Building Design magazine website.