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Ugliest building in Britain? Bath University 'monstrosity' makes Carbuncle Cup for bad architecture

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: September 03, 2014

The Chancellor's Building  at the University of Bath, which has been shortlisted for the Carbuncle Cup

The Chancellor's Building at the University of Bath, which has been shortlisted for the Carbuncle Cup

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The Carbuncle Cup is the most unwelcome prize in architecture – and it could be coming to Bath.

The Chancellor's Building at the University of Bath has the dubious honour of being listed alongside some of the ugliest buildings in Britain, which this year also include two Tesco stores and three new apartment buildings in London.

The university may be known for its prowess in engineering but if architecture magazine Building Design is to be believed, it is no friend of cutting-edge design. One student labelled the blue-and-white striped facade of the education centre "modern art monstrosity".

The award has been run since 2006 as a counter to the prestigious Stirling Prize, awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects for the best building of the year. One of the buildings up for the worst prize is Trinity Square, in Gateshead, which was built on the site of the car park in Get Carter.

Carbuncle Cup judge Owen Luder, who designed the Trinity Square car park, said: "The first principle of demolition should be to put up something better than was there."

Vauxhall Tower, a 50-storey apartment and business complex in south London is joined by blocks in Stratford City and Arsenal as the three ugliest new apartment buildings.

Thomas Lane, editor of Building Design, said: "The sad reality is that far too much new development falls short of these basic tenets of good design. Some buildings are unforgivably bad."

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