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"A monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much loved and elegant friend." (Sorry, just rehearsing the design quality of Hammerson's response to Barnet's corrupt Brent Cross planning application.)

Link to BBC web site

"A London supermarket complex has been named the UK's worst new building, and awarded the Carbuncle Cup 2014.

"Woolwich Central got the highest number of votes in an online competition run by Building Design Magazine (BD).

"The building, a combination of flats and a Tesco supermarket, was described by the judges as 'oppressive, defensive, arrogant and inept'.

"London had four short-listed buildings, while buildings in Bath and Gateshead made up the six finalists."

Hammerson's Bullring [sic]
Link to web site

The Guardian:
"Life after carbuncles: Prince Charles denounced modern architecture. Did he make any difference?"
" 'What is proposed is like a monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much loved and elegant friend.' So, in 1984, the Prince of Wales famously opened his attack on modern British architecture. The occasion was the 150th anniversary of the Royal Institute of British Architects, the setting Hampton Court Palace.

"Charles had been invited to present the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture to the Indian architect Charles Correa. He was expected to do little more than raise a glass of champagne and ask the winner how far he had come.

"Deliciously, this is exactly what the prince did not do. Instead, he seized the opportunity to denounce just about every aspect, facade, plan and section of the world the Riba represented. His masterstroke was to trash the proposed extension of the National Gallery designed by Ahrends Burton Koralek.

"The carbuncle was never allowed to deface the London skyline. Having got his way, the prince leaned in favour of a determinedly camp, postmodern design by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. It was the beginning of a rather damp and foggy venture into the world of royal patronage."

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