Botanical lab wins big prize

by Jeremy Cherfas on October 14, 2012

Sainsbury laboratory Camb 008

In a surprise decision the 2012 Stirling prize went to neither of the critics’ favourite buildings, nor to the Olympic Stadium. The winner is a relatively modest laboratory in Cambridge, designed by Stanton Williams, set in the university’s Botanic Gardens.

How wonderful that a laboratory in a botanic gardens should have won the 2012 Stirling Prize, awarded to the building that has “made the greatest contribution to British architecture”. Apparently the scientists who work there love it too. Any of you working on crops or wild relatives? And that reminds me, I wonder whether they’ve appointed a new Director yet. We’re both available …

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Kevin Painting October 15, 2012 at 8:31 am

Don’t miss the virtual tour here.


Jeremy Cherfas October 15, 2012 at 10:40 am

Oooh. Stunning. I love the reflection of the person — doing the photograph? — in the Reception panorama.


Kevin Painting October 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm

The same architects also designed the Millennium Seed Bank in West Sussex. See


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