The 2017 Carbuncle Cup, an architectural award for the UK’s ‘ugliest building’, has gone to London’s Nova Victoria. But if you’re on the inside looking out, it’s a different story.

The Carbuncle Cup is an annual prize awarded by Building Design magazine for the ‘ugliest building’ completed in the UK in the last 12 months.

This year’s wooden spoon goes to Nova Victoria, a mixed-used development of eateries, offices and residential apartments in London's Victoria, designed by PLP Architecture.

Judges on the panel described the site's Nova building, with its sharp red angles, as a “hideous mess” and an “assault on your senses the moment you leave the Tube station”.

But, here at Zoopla, we reckon that if you lived inside one of the Nova development's 170 apartments and looked out, you might not be so sorry. Here’s a snapshot of what’s for sale.

How much do apartments cost?

Prices start at £695,000 for a studio and go right up to a whopping £3m for a three-bedroom penthouse.

The price includes access to a communal gym, lounge, roof garden, private cinema and a 24-hour concierge service. 

However, not all homes come with parking spaces which will cost in the region of an extra £85,000.

Above: The view from a £3m three-bedroom apartment for sale in the Nova building

What are the apartments like?

Despite Nova Victoria scooping an award for its ungainly outward appearance, inside, its apartments are nothing less than lavish.

This two-bedroom flat (below) for £2.2m for example, boasts a sleek fitted kitchen with integrated appliances and two large luxury bathrooms, along with fitted wardrobes, two balconies and video phone entry system.

Where is Nova Victoria?

Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1 – a stone’s throw from the train and Tube station in Victoria, the City of Westminster.

What’s interesting about the area?

Taking its name from Queen Victoria, the area is brimming with theatres, hotels, restaurants and shops. Its train and Tube station, bus terminus and coach station make it one of best connected spots in the capital.

Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park and the River Thames are all within easy walking distance.

Above: the open plan living space in a £2.2m two-bedroom flat for sale in the Nova building

What else is for sale nearby?

1. After something more traditional? This elegant three-bedroom flat (above) in a red-brick mansion block is just minutes away. Get in touch with Tuckerman Residential if you can stump up the £1.65m asking price.

2. This stunning Grade-II listed, eight-bedroom townhouse sits in the exclusive Chester Square, Belgravia to the west of Victoria Station – where notable residents include Roman Abramovich, Mick Jagger and Nigella Lawson. Arrange a viewing with Harrods Estates, if you can summon up the £28m asking price, that is.

Would the outside appearance of an apartment block put you off living there?

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