Grelly November 25, 2016 05:53 AM It's *really* ugly! What was their judging criteria? KaiserPingo November 25, 2016 07:59 AM And I find it scary and cold and ugly. Not a friendly place ! RussellMackenzie November 25, 2016 12:14 PM It's hideous. I went to a uni built in the 70s; all concrete...I thought they'd learned their lesson. Obviously not, and comparing it to Machu Picchu...I can't see that at all. CharlieSeattle November 25, 2016 02:49 PM The 1950's soviet era judges can be excused for their Stalinist design bias. MikeW November 25, 2016 09:28 PM Are you sure a strong wind did not scatter the original plans and somebody put them back in the wrong order. Boy that is ugly. JeffreyBrown November 27, 2016 09:12 AM This particular building is rather ugly compared to the actual ruins of Machu Picchu which I personally visited in 1969. If this building reflects this older civilization's culture, it is an insult to the intelligence of the original builders of one of the greatest knowledgeable cultures in history. Shame on the Royal British Institute of Architects (RIBA) for lacking such judgement. It may be a functional building that took lots of $'s and time...but not sure it deserves such acclaim. The strongest structure in the world is the sphere (seamless hollow shells) layered with graphene, kevlar etc...When will the construction industry wean itself off the load system....brick on brick, nail on nail, cement on cement, rebar and framework and first utilize more 3-D and 4-D printing applications, then mass produce sphericals in various diameters for a multitude of uses? Contact me if interested hydra November 27, 2016 10:34 AM It is hideously ugly. What is wrong with the judges? Buellrider November 27, 2016 02:15 PM Not nice to look at. Lots of unnecessary and unsightly cement. Worlds worst building design. They'd never get to build that in Omaha, NE. Matt Fletcher November 27, 2016 04:08 PM Reminds me of the movie Brazil. Yes, it's purely concrete and windows the perfect building for every good Stalinist. This reward has clearly become a joke just like this building. Can't wait to see what it looks like in 20 years when it's weathered and rust stained. Wolf0579 December 4, 2016 04:13 PM I find the geometry to be appealing, but the bare cement interior seems rather prison-like.