Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Liverpool's Carbuncle Cup-Nominate Your Carbuncle of 2010

Last year we had unparalled success with LIVERPOOLS CARBUNCLE CUP, in exposing what the public thought of Liverpools new architecture.
The BBC took it up and asked the North West as a whole to nominate their own choices on BBC NorthWest.
And there were numerous inspired choices of 2009's newly built carbuncles for the region as a whole.
The BBC were inundated.
In Liverpool, there where many to choose from indeed.
LIVERPOOLS CARBUNCLE CUP get your nomination in now there seems to be plenty to choose from.


  1. I nominate Neptune Developments at Mann Island as a blot on the landscape. Not only ugly but obscuring the classical view of the Three Graces across Canning Dock. Margi Clark dubbed them the Black Coffins - enough said.

  2. Esther, indeed an inspired choice but not yet finished. I well consider them to be on the shortlist for 2011 though.
    In fact we might not need a competition next year maybe just declare the winner to be the Three Black Coffins, now.

  3. OK if I can't nominate Neptune I would like to put the new X-Museum up for the award. It also blocks views of the Three Graces and just looks out of place on the once-elegant waterfront. Whatever the architect was thinking of he certainly did not consider the effect it was going to have. Might look alright elsewhere (like Milton Keynes?).


    Alsop critisized again.

  5. Hi Wayne
    I tried to include a nomination on your blog but it wanted a Google password which I must have had once but I can’t remember. Anyway, if you can cut+paste this feel free. Aidan

    It’s a pity that the uncooth and thuggish ‘black coffins’, or The Three Disgraces, can’t be nominated yet (are they the real legacy of Culture Year?) so I suggest the back side of John Lewis’s store in Liverpool One. As you approach eagerly, clutching your credit card and about to mainline the retail experience, you’re faced with a sheer wall of brick about four storeys high: no signs, no artistic decoration, no window, no climbing plants, nothing: just the exposed rear of the Grosvenor development. They don’t need to relate to the scurrying people in the street below since they aren’t spending money and thus don’t matter. Because they are ex-footfall, any old talentless rubbish will do – hence the great wall of Grosvenor. The mask slips.

    Aidan Turner-Bishop