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British Architecture – A Building Deemed So Ugly It Is A Carbuncle

To be “cruel to be kind” is to cause someone pain for his or her own good. The phrase is used by Hamlet after he had berated his mother for her infidelity to the memory of her deceased husband. It is also a kitchie song from 1979 that is forever embedded in our pop culture. Is it “cruel to be kind” to a building and its designer, to be designated as a carbuncle on the face of London architecture?

The annual contest managed by the UK trade publication Building Design commissions a judging panel which bases its decision on reader input. It is a strong counterpoint to the officially sanctioned and prestigious Stirling Prize given by the Royal Institute of British Architects. The publication Building Design is a professional trade publication for architects to turn to for a broad range of relevant topics. Their insights include articles on a range of topics affecting architects, which includes controversial planning issues, policy, business, project wins and professional issues.

Each year they award the controversial “Carbuncle Cup” for the worst architectural project for the year. What is a carbuncle you ask? It is defined as a red, swollen, and painful cluster of boils that are connected to each other under the skin. A boil or furuncle is an infection of a hair follicle that has a small collection of pus under the skin.

The new mixed-use building called Nova Victoria is this year’s dubious winner of the award. The building is commonly referred to as the “bright red hideous mess” by anyone visiting the area. It has also been described by many as cringeworthy. One of the judges of the competition stated, “It makes me want to cringe physically. It’s a crass assault on all your senses from the moment you leave the Tube station.” No doubt, the architectural firm responsible for the design will eagerly await the next Carbuncle Cup winner to take away the critical focus from their creation. The review and feedback of professional work is a common practice that typically drives innovation and quality. Is this dubious award “cruel to be kind” in the architectural community?

From the Design Studio

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by ADG Lighting founder Gerald Olesker




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Thoughts and Prayers for Texas & the Gulf Coast

With Texas being one of the largest states and Houston being the 4th largest city in the country, there is a high likelihood that you know someone either directly or through another person residing here or affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The stories and images coming out of South Texas are absolutely heart wrenching. There are MANY families and people whose lives are changed forever!

We as a nation, businesses and individuals can do so much to help from small to large.

Living in Austin and working all over Texas, I know a large number of people affected either by flooding or some form of loss caused by this horrific storm. Seeing and being around the devastation first hand really puts A LOT into perspective.

Each and every day we must appreciate the small things and be thankful for the sunshine.

We have volunteered our time and also donated to Red Cross and Austin Pets Alive.

We would like to share a few SAFE, WONDERFUL and LOCAL links to make helping easier for you.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Austin Pets Alive

United Way Houston

Thank YOU ahead of time for your generosity and a BIG Thank YOU to those of you who have already given your time or money.


Warm Regards and Blessings!

Tina, ADG Austin & the rest of the ADG team

From the ADG Client Site

Successful install at Corinna Knight Designs!



by Gerald Olesker, ADG Lighting