January 28, 2022

Carbuncle Cup 2016: Luxury flats dubbed ’embodiment of sea sickness’

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_91055253_d0a03421-8861-4ed1-81cb-0b0278e83e07_91055257_79f0d7ad-030e-4d5a-8d22-4ab799a70436A luxury block of flats has been named as the “worst building” of 2016.

Lincoln Plaza in London’s Docklands won the 2016 Carbuncle Cup with one judge describing it as a “horror show” and the “embodiment of sea sickness”.

It’s the fifth consecutive time a London building has scooped the dubious honour run by Building Design Magazine (BD).

_91055259_29c3dcd2-ea6c-4e92-960a-f648ba8a91deGalliard Homes said its “scheme sold out to buyers, so clearly the project is liked by the purchasers”.

The developers said: “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.”

Lincoln Plaza, designed by BUJ Architects, consists of two, 31-storey residential towers – named Franklin and Greenwich – integrated with a hotel.

On its website, Galliard Homes said it offers “breathtaking views, first class facilities and superlative living accommodation… Lincoln Plaza is set to provide one of the most prestigious and sophisticated new landmarks on Canary Wharf’s iconic skyline.”

Prices start at £795,000 for a 3 bedroom flat with residents having access to a snooker suite, private cinema, gym and sky garden.

Ike Ijeh, BD’s architectural critic said: “Lincoln Plaza is actually in South Quay and not Canary Wharf but what better way of showing contempt for your local context than by insinuating it is actually located in your flashier neighbouring district?”

He described Lincoln Plaza as a “putrid pugilistic horror show that should never have been built… it exhibits the absolute worst in shambolic architectural design and cheap visual gimmickry.

_91055255_54107a7c-2b60-4d4d-a2bd-0e10f8682f94“This building is the architectural embodiment of sea sickness.”

_91055260_6dbeed7b-a514-46ce-ba9e-30dc38c7eb6aThe architect firm declined to comment.

Two other London buildings made the six-strong short-list – luxury development Saffron Square which was described as having a “car crash of a facade” and 5 Broadgate the home to UBS was called a “mute steel fortress”.

Also on the short-list was The Diamond, accommodation for University of Sheffield engineering students, One Smithfield in Stoke on Trent, and an extension to Poole Methodist Church.

London’s Carbuncle Cup five-year winning streak

_91056311_mediaitem91056310Image copyright AP
Image caption The Walkie Talkie (L) building won the prize in 2015
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Image caption Woolwich Central was one of two buildings shortlisted that was developed by Tesco subsidiary Spenhill
Image copyright BD Magazine
Image caption 464 Caledonian Road stands on the same street as HMP Pentonville
_91056314_mediaitem69543496Image copyright Google maps
Image caption The restoration of the Cutty Sark won the award in 2012


_91056316_mediaitem91056315Image copyright BC Online Image caption Prices start at £795,000 for a 3 bedroom flat at Lincoln Plaza

Image copyright Galliard Homes

Image copyright BD Online Image caption London’s Saffron Square building was described as having a “car crash of a facade”

For more on this story go to: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-37295115

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