Sainsbury Laboratory by Stanton Williams
wins 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize

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Sainsbury Laboratory by Stanton Williams

News: the Sainsbury Laboratory by Stanton Williams has been awarded the 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize for the most significant contribution to British architecture this year.

Sainsbury Laboratory by Stanton Williams

A combination of limestone columns and concrete bands surrounds the exterior of the building, which provides scientific research facilities in the botanic gardens of Cambridge University.

Sainsbury Laboratory by Stanton Williams

Glass-fronted laboratories allow scientists to look out onto a courtyard at the centre of the building, beyond a double-height corridor filled with informal meeting areas.

Sainsbury Laboratory by Stanton Williams

Read more about the project in our earlier story.

The building was one of six shortlisted entries, including projects by OMA and David Chipperfield  – read more about each one here.

Previous winners include Zaha Hadid for the Evelyn Grace Academy (2011) and the MAXXI Museum (2010), and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners for the Maggie's Centre in London (2009) - see all our stories about previous winners here.

See more stories about Stanton Williams »

Photography is by Hufton + Crow.

  • James

    I felt that of the shortlist this was by far the least significant contribution to British architecture this year; but congratulations to Stanton Williams nonetheless.

  • dude

    When you run out of visions you can always borrow one from David Chipperfield!

  • T,.T

    Deja vu 2007 ~ but congrats to SW

  • robert-hr

    And what do we know, guys? The RIBA has a lot, lot more class than the World Architecture Festival, which lifted, praised, and ultimately dissed this amazing and beautiful project. The only crime for this building is that it is not located in Singapore… duh! As many people have known, the WAF is a sham. Let’s just leave it at that.