Six buildings have been shortlisted for architecture’s most unwanted award – the Carbuncle Cup 2016 for the UK’s worst new building. The Broadgate redevelopment by Make in London and an extension to a Methodist church by Intelligent Design Centre are among the projects on the shortlist. The Broadgate office building is the most high-profile project on the list, having involved the controversial demolition of part of the 1980s Postmodern Broadgate development by Arup Associates and Peter Foggo. The demolition was described as a “great tragedy” by one of the nominators, while the new building was compared to “a flak tower that gives nothing back to the city”. Another London building on the list is the Lincoln Plaza housing tower by BUJ Architects, which was described by one nominator as “an open invitation to commit suicide”. The Saffron Square development in Croydon by architect Rolfe Judd, which features a housing tower clad in multicoloured panels, also came under fire for its “car crash of a facade”. Twelve Architects’ engineering faculty building for Sheffield University, known as The Diamond, was described as “committing sins on both the outside and inside.” An extension to Poole Methodist Church by Intelligent Design Centre also made the list, despite its relatively small size.
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