Architects of the Sainsbury Laboratory, Stanton Williams, enjoy success at the World Architecture Festival Awards 2011.
The presentation of the WAF Awards took place during the largest global celebration of architecture - the World Architecture Festival - held at the Centre Convencions International Barcelona (CCIB) from 2-4 November.
The Sainsbury Laboratory was selected by a panel of esteemed architects and designers, beating off competition from a shortlist of 17 entries to win the category 'Best Learning Building'.
The jury commended the project, saying “This project connects building and landscape in a poetic and meaningful way. It is beautifully considered in terms of its human scale, and for activities for research and learning. The choice of materials display a profound tactile sense.”
Speaking at the WAF Awards 2011 Paul Finch, WAF Programme Director, said: “The World Architecture Festival is the world's largest, live, truly inclusive and interactive global architectural awards programme. Attracting entries from internationally renowned practices to small local architects, the stellar quality of this year’s designs demonstrates their commitment to designing the world’s most exciting buildings. This year we’ve attracted more entries than ever before, with over 700 submissions from 66 different countries. Our congratulations go to the winners for a truly accomplished project.”
The WAF Awards see unsung local buildings take on internationally acclaimed projects in what is the world’s biggest architecture contest. Unlike other architectural competitions, architects present their work in front of leading industry judges and a live public audience as they compete for the accolade of ‘World Building of the Year’, won this year by Enric Ruiz-Geli of Cloud 9, who designed the Media-TIC building in Barcelona.