El Polo House / Juan Cristóbal Valenzuela Leighton + Eduardo Rivera Barros Arquitectos

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Architects: + Eduardo Rivera Barros Arquitectos
Location: Colina,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: J. Cristóbal Valenzuela L

Stanton Williams’ Sainsbury Laboratory wins the 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize!

2012 : Sainsbury Laboratory / Stanton Williams © Hufton+Crow

RIBA President Angela Brady has awarded Stanton Williams the 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize for their Sainsbury Laboratory. The Stirling Prize – the ’s most prestigious architecture award – is presented annually to the “building that has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture in the past year”. Sainsbury Laboratory was selected over five other shortlisted candidates, including the London Olympic Stadium which was awarded the “People Choice” in Observers’ Stirling Prize online poll.

Beautifully integrated within the University of Cambridge’s Botanic Garden, the Sainsbury Laboratory provides world-leading scientists engaging in plant science research a working environment of the highest quality that is capable of continuously adapting to the ever-evolving needs of the scientific world. Despite high energy demands, the buildings has achieved a BREEAM excellent rating with the aid of 1,000 square meters of photovoltaic panels and extensive natural lighting.

Learn more with our comprehensive overview of the Stirling Prize-winning project, here on ArchDaily.

Video: Jun Aoki House, Hanegi Park / Shigeru Ban Architects

Watch as JA+U takes a close look at the Jun Aoki House at Hanegi Park designed by Japanese architects .  The short video tours viewers through this intimate and minimalist home, revealing the nuances and features of the design.  The house has a number of unique features, the most prominent of which is the semi-arched roof vault on the second level, which also gives a penetrating view through the length of the house.  The openness of the architecture is emphasized by the austerity of the material choices.  Stark white walls are set against the lush trees and vegetation of Hangei Park, highlighting the contrast between the natural and man-made.

Click here for images via JA+U.  Check out other work by Shigeru Ban Architects on ArchDaily, like the Metal Shutter House in City.

John W. Olver Transit Center / Charles Rose Architects

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Architects: Charles Rose Architects
Location: , MA, USA
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 24,000 sqm
Photographs: Peter Vanderwarker

Courtesy of Allies & Morrison
Courtesy of Allies & Morrison

Design of New Luxury Hotel in the North West Competition Winner / Allies & Morrison

Peel, one of the leading infrastructure, real estate and investment enterprises in the UK, recently awarded Allies & Morrison as the winner of their RIBA Competition for a new world class luxury hotel. Allies & Morrison… fought off strong competition

Elementary School near Warsaw / Grupa 5 Architekci

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Architects: Grupa 5 Architekci (Dziedziejko, Kadłubowski, Leszczyński, Mycielski, Zelent)
Location: Podkowa Leśna,
Architect In Charge: Marcin Zatoński
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 3500.0 sqm
Photographs: Marcin Czechowicz

‘Pop Rocks: Soft Urban Boulder Field’ Installation / Matthew Soules Architecture + AFJD Studio

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Covering a full city block in the center of downtown , , Pop Rocks is a temporary installation fabricated entirely from post-consumer and post-industrial waste from the metropolitan region. A collaboration between Matthew Soules Architecture and AFJD Studio (Amber Frid-Jimenez & Joe Dahmen), the project engages tactically with these materials to produce soft forms that extend the typical range of active and passive social activities, fostering unexpected social encounters and new perspectives on the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

© Tomaselli VS / Zechner & Zechner
© Tomaselli VS / Zechner & Zechner

ÖBB Corporate Headquarters Groundbreaking / Zechner & Zechner

The Groundbreaking Ceremony for ÖBB Corporate Headquarters recently took place to mark the start of construction for a new high-rise building in Vienna. Designed by Zechner & Zechner…, their proposal was selected as the winner of an EU-wide competition

Gorgullón Social Center / Jose Jorge Santos Ogando + Angel Cid Carballo

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Architects: Jose Jorge Santos Ogando + Angel Cid Carballo
Location: , Galicia, Spain
Construction Manager: Jose Jorge Santos Ogando
Contributors: Jose Carlos Mera Rodriguez, Ledicia Fraga Domínguez, Paula Mª Casal Vázquez
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 408.66 sqm
Photographs: Santos-Díez / BIS Images

Fala Park / PL Architekci

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Architects: PL Architekci
Location: Gmina Wolsztyn,
Design Team: Bartłomiej Bajon, Katarzyna Cynka, Marcin Kozierowski
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Bartosz Makowski

Courtesy of Syracuse University School of Architecture
Courtesy of Syracuse University School of Architecture

‘Investigations’ Exhibition

Taking place now until October 25, the Slocum Gallery at Syracuse University School of Architecture is displaying “Investigations,” an exhibition of the work of Syracuse visiting critic Stephan Jaklitsch and Marc Gardner…, Principals of the New York-based firm Jaklitsch

Phoenix Zeppelin Headquarters / Paulíny Hovorka Architekti + Stefan Moravcik architectural atelier

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Architects: Paulíny Hovorka Architekti + Stefan Moravcik architectural atelier
Location: Banská Bystrica,
Design Team: Branislav Hovorka, Štefan Moravčík, Martin Paulíny
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1,385 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Paulíny Hovorka Architekti

Ballsbridge / Peter Legge Associates

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Architects: Peter Legge Associates
Location: , Co. Dublin, Ireland
Design Team: John Monohan, Lisa McSharry
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Sean Breithaupt + Yvette Monohan

Housing in Taipei / Chin Architects

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Location: Taipei City, 
Architect In Charge: I-Ju Chin, Hung-I Lin, Hung-Nan Chu
Design Team: Mu-Chen Chan, Shen-Hung Chiang, Hsin-Hui Cho, Wan-Ju Chang
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Jeffrey Cheng

Omihachiman House / ALTS Design Office

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Architects: ALTS Design Office
Location: Prefecture, Japan
Design Team: Sumiou Mizumoto, Yoshitaka Kuga
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 117.89 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of ALTS Design Office

Astrup Fearnley Museet / Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Astrup Fearnley Museeet © Nic Lehoux

The newly constructed Astrup Fearnley Museet, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Narud-Stokke-Wiig, has opened on a stunning waterfront site in the Tjuvholmen neighborhood of . The €90 million, 7000 square meter structure provides space for the museum’s collection, temporary exhibitions, a gift shop and cafe. Slender steel columns support the sail-form, glass roof that provides shelter to the weathered timber cladding, while illuminating the interior’s extensive collection of contemporary art with a soft, natural light.

The museum has launched with To Be With Art Is All We Ask, an exhibition of selected works from the Astrup Fearnley Collection by some of the world’s most innovative contemporary artists. Continue after the break to learn more.

Ca’Paco / Equipo Olivares Arquitectos

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Architects: Equipo Olivares Arquitectos
Location: Tenerife, Canary Islands,
Design Team: Javier Pérez-Alcalde Schwartz, Fernando Aguarta García, Fermín García Morales
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Lluís Casals

© Paolo Gasparini
© Paolo Gasparini

Unfinished Spaces premieres today on PBS

The critically acclaimed documentary Unfinished Spaces will premiere on PBS today at 10pm (ET). The film reveals the turbulent past of Fidel Castro’s Cuba and tells the story of his utopian dream to construct the Cuban National Arts Schools.
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