A London office block described as a “bright red hideous mess” has been named the UK’s worst building.Nova Victoria, London won the 2017 Carbuncle Cup with one judge describing it as “cringe-worthy”. It is the sixth consecutive time a London building has scooped the dubious honour run by Building Design Magazine (BD). Architects PLP described the £380m office complex as a “distinct and architecturally daring” building.But judges disagreed, describing the building as “crass, over-scaled and a hideous mess”.
Judge Catherine Croft said: “It makes me want to cringe physically. It’s a crass assault on all your senses from the moment you leave the Tube station.”David Rudlin said the red cathedral like spire on Nova South was a particular cause for concern. “It’s got the same proportions as Salisbury Cathedral. For me the spire gives it carbuncular status – otherwise it’s just a bad building”, he said.The development, which occupies a whole city block near London’s Victoria station, consists of two office buildings designed by PLP Architecture and a residential building designed by Benson & Forsyth. The title was awarded to PLP Architecture for the office buildings.The other buildings on the 2017 Carbuncle Cup shortlist were as follows:Preston Railway Station Butler Street Entrance by AHR
Greetham Street Student Halls, Portsmouth by Cooley Architects
Extension on 8 Somers Road, Malvern, Worcestershire by Vivid Architects
Circus West, Battersea Power Station, London by Simpson Haugh
Park Plaza London Waterloo by ESA Architecture
Building Design started the award in 2006 as a “light-hearted way of drawing attention to a serious problem – bad architecture blighting the country’s towns and cities”.Past winners have included Liverpool’s ferry terminal, the renovation of the Cutty Sark and an apartment block incorporating a branch of Tesco in Woolwich, south-east London. Readers put forward the nominations and a panel draws up the shortlist.PLP said it did not want to comment on the announcement. London’s Carbuncle Cup six-year winning streak