(photo: Joel Anderson)

(photo: Joel Anderson)

So negativity falls on Liverpool’s shoulders again today.

Not long after Building Design mentioned two of the city’s buildings were being nominated for its Carbuncle Cup this year, the architect magazine announced Merseytravel’s Pier Head Ferry Terminal – submitted into the ‘competition’ by a David Swift – was the ‘winner’.

The editor of the magazine, Amanda Baillieu, wrote on Building Design’s website that the winner had to be a “building that shows how bad architecture and bad planning can combine to produce something truly awful — a building so ugly it can turn human flesh to stone or at the very least make grown men cry.”

She said Building Design columnist and critic Owen Hatherley, its buildings editor Ellis Woodman, and architect Sean Griffiths of Fat “were split between the Nottingham and Liverpool buildings”.

So why Hamilton Architects’ Ferry Terminal? Baillieu writes that “given the damage inflicted by the ferry terminal on what is a Unesco world heritage site, it was the more worthy recipient.”

Personally, I still think Building Design’s “runner up” should have been voted in first place and going by the above picture many must agree. It’s hideous.

The Amenity building was designed as part of University of Nottingham’s first phase expansion of its Jubilee Campus by London-based architects Make.

Originally, the university appointed another London-based architect practice, Hopkins Architects, to deliver a masterplan and a number of relatively low-rise, timber-clad buildings.

Hopkins’ masterplan comprised a subtle grid-iron arrangement running north and south against a background of small man-made lakes. But not all of it was implemented, and in the second major stage of the site’s development the university commissioned another masterplan, this time by Make.

The new layout, which was granted outline planning permission in 2005, was substantially different to the plans by Hopkins. It included three buildings with the Amenity building being one and International House and the Gateway buildings being the other two.

Baillieu continued by saying that the judges felt the Ferry Terminal and Make’s campus are “very much of a type in that they are both in thrall to some horribly misconceived idea of the avant–garde.”

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