Space Oddities

The Carbuncle Cup is becoming a bit of a grudge match. Building Design has been running the contest for 12 years and while the nominations sometimes hit the mark, they increasingly find themselves aligned with petty spats and questions of taste, not terrible design or planning. A case in point: Amin Taha’s accomplished 15 Clerkenwell Close (controversial for other reasons) gets a Carbuncle nod, therefore putting it in the same league as this unbelievable hotel in Liverpool, Signature Living, a frightful rooftop lump designed for Stag and Hen Parties (the full set of rooms is a good indication of the current state of ‘modern luxe’ interior design). If we’re talking OTT interior design, then this is sort of related: 2001: A Space Odyssey, in Tweets. The recent revelation from Kubrick himself about the film’s ending noted that the unknown intelligence in the film ‘choose this room, which is a very inaccurate replica of French architecture (deliberately so, inaccurate) because one was suggesting that they had some idea of something that he might think was pretty, but wasn’t quite sure.’

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