Yes, it’s official. London, voted 55th best world city to live in, will now flog you student accommodation with no light or space or dignity for around 700 nicker a month. University College London’s new plastic squat around the corner from my front door just won the Carbuncle Cup, the annual national award for Britain’s worst new building. Step forward the money-grubbing scumbags of Mortar Developments together with the entirely untalented and ignorant-of-context Stephen George & Partners ‘architects’, previous winners for the nation’s nastiest building. Well done, all, you probably just pushed us down to 56th position.
What’s wrong with this? Well, they’ve actually retained the 19th century facade in front and have bunged in a gigantic plastic box behind that overlaps it, so your window is just a metre from, er, a brick wall. The argument being that students should be studying and don’t need light. Yes, really. What the developer is actually doing is exploiting a loophole left by the planning inspector which exempts student accommodation from normal residential regulations, which is why we’re getting so many shit student silos going up around the capital. Pastel plastic panels are this year’s rubbish architectural melanoma, as you’ll have noticed if you look around.
Oh, and here’s one student-bin that (so far) has been turned down. It’s in Arsenal colours. Classy.