London’s Walkie Talkie Awarded UK’s Ugliest Building

Building Design magazine has revealed this year’s awards for Britain’s ugliest building.

In a unanimous decision London’s 20 Fenchurch Street, nicknamed the Walkie Talkie building, has been crowned the Carbuncle Cup’s unfortunate title for lighting up London’s skyline with an “eyesore.”

Undoubtedly this is the architecture award we’re sure designer Rafael Vinoly or developer Land Securities are not happy to receive. The 37 –storey office tower, which was completed in April 2014, has frequently made the press for melting parked cars,  and its three-story roof garden has had comparisons to an airport terminal.

Unfortunately having a building that stands out,  rather than combining practicalities within the design process were not the forefront of this architect’s mind.

Building Design said: “Sadly mediocre architecture is rife in our towns and cities with too many new buildings blighting rather than improving the built environment.

Thomas Lane, who runs the awards, said the building “crashes into London’s skyline like an unwelcome party guest.”

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