The Carbuncle Cup is an annual award given out by Building Design, a highly regarding architectural magazine in the United Kingdom. However, rather than awarding architects for things like creativity, unique materials, or overall design, the Carbuncle Cup is a sarcastic award that honors the worst buildings from the previous 12 months.
The Carbuncle Cup was first launched in 2006 as a response to the prestigious Stirling Prize given by the Royal Institute of British Architects, which the magazine saw as painfully self-congratulatory. The Cup incorporates both the input of judges as well as public voting through Building Design's website.
The 2016 Carbuncle Cup winner is Lincoln Plaza in London's Docklands area. The luxury residential flats received the "wooden spoon" due to "a hideous melange of materials, forms, and colors."
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