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The Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge, has received the Stirling Prize. Photo courtesy of RIBA   

The Sainsbury Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, England, designed by architect Stanton Williams, has received the Stirling Prize: the highest honor for architecture in the United Kingdom. The award, conferred by the Royal Institute of British Architects, came as a surprise to multiple pundits who had handicapped the competition, who favored other potential winners, including an Olympic stadium. The open-plan research and education building is planned around a double-height internal street, fully glazed to allow generous internal views. The facility boasts a BREEAM Excellent sustainability rating, and includes extensive daylighting as well as a photovoltaic panel system. http://ribastirlingprize.architecture.com/

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