POLL: What's Britain's best building?

Tom Flanagan
2 September, 2015

London's Walkie Talkie has made headlines for all the wrong reasons, and as of today has officially been dubbed 'Britain's ugliest building'. Now we're not ones to point the finger at anyone's architecture (they're all welcome on Houzz) so we thought as we've found out the 'worst', why not try and see what the best buildings out there are?

We've compiled a (very) short list of some of Britain's most celebrated and beautiful bits of architecture, and we want to hear which you think takes the biscuit! This is by no means a full shortlist, but hopefully it will inspire you to share some of your favourites - just comment below!

St. Pancras
Salisbury Cathedral
The Shard
Durham Cathedral
St. Paul's
Other - tell us below!

Comments (73)

  • Tom Flanagan

    Hi @BurrellMistry!

    We've just put together a few iconic buildings but as explained, this is by no means a full shortlist. If anything, hopefully these will serve as encouragement and inspiration to share your own favourite - we'd love to see!

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    Burrell & Mistry

    Choosing mainly old buildings is rather depressing. As for modern architecture Britain has very few World Class Buildings as witnessed by the Stirling prize which they should not award if there isn't a worthy winner. How about the Aquatic Centre

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    Amber Jeavons Ltd

    Hello Tom,

    Wanted to add some more modern favourites... Not current either in the UK

    Erno Goldfinger Willow rd Trellik etc...

    Chamberlin Powell and Bon Barbican

    Not in the UK...

    In Joshua tree.. Robert Stone

    Frank Lloyd Wright... (Ennis and others...

    Civic centre California

    John Lautner Marbrisa Acapulco

    One more thing.......

    Stahl case study # 22 Pierre Koenig... (LA has fantastic architecture and.... because I loved Columbo when I was little and still do! I think it inspired my interest to a degree

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    9yards architecture
    Burgh Island Hotel - but don't tell anyone, it's our secret! ;)
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    Sophie Nguyen Architects Ltd

    The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich, by Foster + Partners

    • The Sainsbury Centre is an art gallery conceived as one single space, filled with light. At each end of the building, floor to ceiling windows open the space up to the surrounding landscape. It was built in 1978, and is an amazing building, still providing a wonderful experience.
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    Bow Tie Construction

    St Pankers building is the best as you can enjoy staying in it.

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    Stone Design London

    St Pauls - wonderful example of Wren's architecture to create a grand city following London destruction after great fire.

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    Peter Staunton Interior Design

    St Pancras - Its structure is classy and refined. A piece of architectural history.

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    Liverpool Anglican cathedral
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    Chesney's Architectural

    Classical refinement at its best

  • Chantal Ouyang

    Love St.Pancras. I always wonder who're those lucky chaps living in the chamber apartments? It's a dream home!

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    Christopher Wren one of our favourite architects

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    Benchmark Architects

    The main concourse at St Pancras is truly an engineering wonder.

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    pmcnv concept design

    St. Pancreas is a great icon

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    Harris Irwin Associates

    Durham Cathedral

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    A J Porter (Building Consultant)

    When building was at its greatest in GB

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    Red Deer

    I voted for St. Pancras

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    plumbing solutions

    the Swan Hotel, Lavenham.

  • cocolori

    I like some of the slightly wackier, smaller ones. Like the Pineapple!

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    Williams Creative Design

    As an architect the shard shows a break from the conventional view which makes it stand out, anything that is this prominent needs to make a big statement

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    Clegg Associates

    Love the contrast of traditional exterior and contemporary interior!

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    A Squared Architects Ltd

    yet to actually get inside it, but building next to London Bridge and over the tube is something else

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    Robin Ashley Architects

    Brilliant modern design from Renzo Piano

  • moiraford
    Has to be Liverpool metropolitan Catherdral, designed I believe to represent the crown of thorns, affectionately known as Paddys Wigwam. As the top circular piece is entirely stained glass the coloured light fills the space. It is the most ethereal building I have ever been in.
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    OverAlls Architecture

    great victorian architecture

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    Lett+Sweetland Architects

    excellent modern architecture

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    Michael Cupial Architect

    excellent inspiring architecture defying height limits

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    Mason Gillibrand Ltd

    Superb Victorian architecture

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    Klas Hyllen Architects

    As an architect, I just really like the mixture between old and new around the whole St Pancras/Kings Cross area

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    Richard HutchingsLtd

    Durham Cathedral. Sublime

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    id Architecture

    The Shard. Iconic

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    Axess 2

    We have to say Durham Cathedral! We recently carried out some work there and it's spectacular.

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    RAL Architects Limited

    Great transformation of an iconic building

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    Dulwich Fires and Stoves

    Beautiful building

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    Doma Architects

    The Shard, an incredible addition to London's skyline

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    Alex Walker Architecture Ltd

    What about something from the industrial north - Leeds Corn Exchange.

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    The Plan Shop

    cutting edge design

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    Bradley Architecture

    Amazing brickwork

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    BEAM - Architectural Design Services

    Stunning views from the top within a contemporary space.

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    SNJ Architectural Design Ltd

    These are all great buildings, but with the exception of the Shard, are all very traditional. Personally, I would like to see more contemporary examples: the Lloyds Building; Sainsburys in Camden, or my personal favourite, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the UEA outside Norwich. A very peaceful, calm and relaxing space.

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    Stephen Newell Architects

    Contemporary interventions in historic building

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    Trellik Design Studio

    Coming from an architects point of view I've voted for Wren's majestic St Pauls Cathedral

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    As its the perfect example of how you bring an old building bang up to date

  • Rachael Fletcher

    Durham Cathedral is my favourite building, particularly at Christmas time!

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    Jameson Architectural Designers & Surveyors

    Fell in love with Durham Cathedral when I visited four years ago.

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    Sundridge Interiors

    A tall structure that blends into its surrounding, the key ingredient to successful design in tall buildings!

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    Normanton Designs

    William Chambers' Somerset House, London.

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