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    Default Mersey Ferry Liverpool terminal's Carbuncle award

    The flagship ?10.5m ferry terminal at Liverpool's Pier Head has won the "Carbuncle Cup" which is awarded to Britain's worst new building.

    Three judges for the Building Design (BD) magazine said the Merseytravel building was "a shining example of bad architecture and bad planning".

    A spokesman for Merseytravel defended the building saying it had "tremendous community support".

    "This is only the view of two journalists and an architect," he said.

    The building incorporates ferry operations, a Beatles museum and a rooftop restaurant. It was designed by Belfast-based Hamilton architects.

    Three Graces

    The terminal is cantilevered on two sides and clad in limestone to complement the new Liverpool Museum next door.

    The judges added: "It is such an amazing site, directly in front of the Three Graces, but the architects seem barely to have noticed.

    "It is like letting a bad second-year student build next to St Peter's.

    "The architect evidently once looked at a Zaha building in a magazine. It is essentially a horrible sectional idea that has been extruded like a stick of rock."

    Judges were split between the Liverpool waterside building and a structure in Nottingham - both they said were appalling - but in the end they decided that "given the damage inflicted by the ferry terminal on what is a UNESCO world heritage site" it was the more worthy recipient.

    Another of Liverpool's buildings - Cesar Pelli's One Park West - was shortlisted for the Cup.

    The final three buildings that were nominated were: Make's Amenity building for Nottingham University, Hamilton Architects' Ferry Terminal in Liverpool and Queen Margaret University campus, Aberdeen, by Dyer Associates.


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    Probably not Britain's worst new building, but the scale, proportions, and angles are all awkward. I don't think it's attractive and it certainly is a very poor relation to the new museum, let alone the Three Graces.

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    well, i don't hate it and i don't think it's ugly.. just different, nothing wrong with that. but it does feel like somethings missing !! any ideas ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Malc-Downing View Post
    well, i don't hate it and i don't think it's ugly.. just different, nothing wrong with that. but it does feel like somethings missing !! any ideas ?
    a bomb ?

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    I recall on this forum a couple of years ago a well known photographer making a derogatory comment about the pics of one less accomplished with a camera. I remember thinking at the time that the contrast between the poorer quality shots and his more professional work actually made it look better so that he should have been congratulating the novice for posting them rather than denigrating his efforts. I was down the Pier Head this afternoon and got exactly the same feeling - that the ugliness of the Ferry Terminal actually makes the Three Graces look even more beautiful so maybe we should be thanking the architects for the juxtaposition of beast and beauty they have created even if it wasn't their intention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howie View Post
    I recall on this forum a couple of years ago a well known photographer making a derogatory comment about the pics of one less accomplished with a camera. I remember thinking at the time that the contrast between the poorer quality shots and his more professional work actually made it look better so that he should have been congratulating the novice for posting them rather than denigrating his efforts. I was down the Pier Head this afternoon and got exactly the same feeling - that the ugliness of the Ferry Terminal actually makes the Three Graces look even more beautiful so maybe we should be thanking the architects for the juxtaposition of beast and beauty they have created even if it wasn't their intention.
    If I remember rightly that was my photo of the liver building, which I did say wasn't very good in the first place . I was just getting involved which is what ya want from ppl on forums

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