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Models built for the 'Architectural Carbuncles' Secretary's Challenge

The Challenge:

The Challenge for our January 2017 meeting is one from Brian Leach, which is to build a model of an architectural carbuncle. You may remember that, in 1984, Price Charles made a speech where he criticised modern buildings. Some of the proposals were altered or scrapped because of his intervention. In his list were the National Gallery Extension; Canary Wharf; Birmingham Central Library, Birmingham Convention Centre and the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.

All you have to do is make a model of any building that you consider to be particularly unattractive. You don't have to restrict yourself to Prince Charles's list - there are plenty of modern buildings that could be contenders!


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Built for the Architectural Carbuncles Secretary's Challenge20 Fenchurch Street, London

Built by Chris Warrell

This is a model of 20 Fenchurch Street in London, nick-named "The Walkie-Talkie" building due to its curvy design. It was awarded the Carbuncle Cup in 2015 after being voted the ugliest building in Britain. My version is a sort of cartoon of the build...
 
 
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Built for the Architectural Carbuncles Secretary's ChallengeBritish Airways I360, Brighton

Built by Eric Smith

A 530ft viewing tower in Brighton. The model has a gear motor to lift the viewing gondola which is comprised of a lot of plastic plates to keep it light.
 
 
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Built for the Architectural Carbuncles Secretary's ChallengeGeneric Office Block

Built by John Clifton

 
 
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Built for the Architectural Carbuncles Secretary's ChallengeHigh-Rise Tower Blocks, East London

Built by John Gay

Lots of old housing with years of life left were demolished in East London in the 1960s and replaced with high-rise tower blocks like these. The bricks (by J. W. Spear and Son Ltd.) arranged around the Meccano box lid represent the remaining old housi...
 
 
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Built for the Architectural Carbuncles Secretary's ChallengeMobile Phone Mast

Built by Guy Loveridge

A typical mobile phone mast. Such structures are considered unsightly.
 
 
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Built for the Architectural Carbuncles Secretary's ChallengeOdeon Cinema, Redhill

Built by Chris Fry

This Art Deco architecture cinema was opened in 1938, closing in 1975 until conversion to a succession of night clubs commencing 1976 until final closure in 2011. The Art Deco facade is a listed structure so now poses a significant problem for the town...
 
 
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Built for the Architectural Carbuncles Secretary's ChallengeTower 42, London

Built by Richard Marsden

Tower 42 is the third-tallest skyscraper in the City of London and the eighth tallest in Greater London. Its original name was the NatWest Tower, having been built to house NatWest's international headquarters. It is still commonly referred to as the N...
 
 
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Built for the Architectural Carbuncles Secretary's ChallengeUnite Stratford One

Built by Brian Leach

A small section of the Unite Stratford One building. This is in my opinion a carbuncle and has also gone into the news as being a carbuncle. I particularly dislike the random bay windows.

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