London’s "Walkie Talkie" (pictured) has won Building Design’s 2015 Carbuncle Cup, a prize awarded to "the ugliest building in the UK completed in the past 12 months".
The building, which is formally known as 20 Fenchurch Street, was designed by Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly for developer Land Securities.
It has faced multiple problems since completion, most notably the tendency for its south-facing facade to concentrate the sun’s rays and melt cars.
There have also been complaints about high winds at the building’s base, prompting the City of London to demand independent verification of wind assessments on a number of later schemes.
English Heritage and Unesco have objected to the Walkie Talkie due to its impact on London skyline.
The other five buildings in the shortlist were:
- Parliament House in Lambeth by Keith Williams Architects
- City Gateway in Swaythling, Southampton, by Fluid Design
- YMCA, Waltham Forest, by Robert Kilgour Architects
- Woodward Hall, north Acton, by Careyjones Chapmantolcher
- Whittle building, Peterhouse, Cambridge University, by John Simpson Architects.
The judging panel featured Building Design editor Thomas Lane, architecture critic Ike Ijeh, writer Gillian Darley and architectural designer Eleanor Jolliffe.
The judges’ decision to award the Carbuncle Cup to the Walkie Talkie was unanimous.
Previous "winners" of the prize has been Liverpool’s Ferry Terminal, MediaCity in Salford and Woolwich Central in London.
Image: London’s Walkie Talkie (Diego Delso/Wikimedia Commons)