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Glowing façade lights up 2016 LEAF Awards

Glowing façade lights up 2016 ...
The Best Façade Design and Engineering and Overall Winner of the LEAF Awards 2016 is the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour
The Best Façade Design and Engineering and Overall Winner of the LEAF Awards 2016 is the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour
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The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour has an undulating, glowing and multifunctional glass façade
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The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour has an undulating, glowing and multifunctional glass façade
The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour was designed by Ian Ritchie Architects
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The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour was designed by Ian Ritchie Architects
The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour is located at the UK's University College London
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The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour is located at the UK's University College London
The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour is a neuroscience research-education building
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The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour is a neuroscience research-education building
The Best Façade Design and Engineering and Overall Winner of the LEAF Awards 2016 is the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour
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The Best Façade Design and Engineering and Overall Winner of the LEAF Awards 2016 is the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour
There are 100 triple-glazed mechanical-opening windows integrated into the north-facing façade of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour
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There are 100 triple-glazed mechanical-opening windows integrated into the north-facing façade of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour
The Mixed-Use Building of the Year at the LEAF Awards 2016 is Pembury Circus in London, UK
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The Mixed-Use Building of the Year at the LEAF Awards 2016 is Pembury Circus in London, UK
Pembury Circus was designed by Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects
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Pembury Circus was designed by Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects
The Pembury Circus development replaced an estate that has become associate with crime and anti-social behavior
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The Pembury Circus development replaced an estate that has become associate with crime and anti-social behavior
The Residential Building-Single Occupancy of the Year First Winner at the LEAF Awards 2016 (sponsored by Kaldewei) is Ramp House in Sao Paulo, Brazil
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The Residential Building-Single Occupancy of the Year First Winner at the LEAF Awards 2016 (sponsored by Kaldewei) is Ramp House in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Ramp House was designed by Studiomk27
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Ramp House was designed by Studiomk27
A collection of African art sits on the sideboard of the living room in Ramp House
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A collection of African art sits on the sideboard of the living room in Ramp House
A 25.5-m-long (83.7-ft) ramp connects the living room on the ground floor of the Ramp House to the bedrooms upstairs
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A 25.5-m-long (83.7-ft) ramp connects the living room on the ground floor of the Ramp House to the bedrooms upstairs
Ramp House allows a degree of continuity between indoor and outdoor spaces
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Ramp House allows a degree of continuity between indoor and outdoor spaces
Ramp House is wrapped in a wooden ribbon
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Ramp House is wrapped in a wooden ribbon
Ramp House is located in a quiet garden neighborhood
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Ramp House is located in a quiet garden neighborhood
The Residential Building-Single Occupancy of the Year Second Winner at the LEAF Awards 2016 (sponsored by Kaldewei) is Benvenuto House in Truckee, US
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The Residential Building-Single Occupancy of the Year Second Winner at the LEAF Awards 2016 (sponsored by Kaldewei) is Benvenuto House in Truckee, US
Benvenuto House was designed by Faulkner Architects
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Benvenuto House was designed by Faulkner Architects
Benvenuto House is aimed at combining Eastern tradition with a client's background
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Benvenuto House is aimed at combining Eastern tradition with a client's background
Benvenuto House sits at the edge of an evergreen forest
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Benvenuto House sits at the edge of an evergreen forest
The Residential Building-Multiple Occupancy of the Year at the LEAF Awards 2016 (sponsored by Kaldewei) is Xixi Wetland Estate in Hangzhou, China
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The Residential Building-Multiple Occupancy of the Year at the LEAF Awards 2016 (sponsored by Kaldewei) is Xixi Wetland Estate in Hangzhou, China
Xixi Wetland Estate was designed by David Chipperfield Architects
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Xixi Wetland Estate was designed by David Chipperfield Architects
Xixi Wetland Estate comprises 20 two-story residences
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Xixi Wetland Estate comprises 20 two-story residences
Large windows and sliding doors allows light into the residences at Xixi Wetland Estate
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Large windows and sliding doors allows light into the residences at Xixi Wetland Estate
The Xixi Wetland Estate residences are surrounded by water
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The Xixi Wetland Estate residences are surrounded by water
The International Interior Design Award at the LEAF Awards 2016 (sponsored by Alessi) is Cannon Lane House in London, UK
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The International Interior Design Award at the LEAF Awards 2016 (sponsored by Alessi) is Cannon Lane House in London, UK
Cannon Lane House was designed by Claudio Silvestrin Architects
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Cannon Lane House was designed by Claudio Silvestrin Architects
Cannon Lane House is spread over five stories and 800 sq m (8,600 sq ft)
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Cannon Lane House is spread over five stories and 800 sq m (8,600 sq ft)
Cannon Lane House has an indoor pool and spa
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Cannon Lane House has an indoor pool and spa
The interior of Cannon Lane House features warm earth tones
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The interior of Cannon Lane House features warm earth tones
Cannon Lane House has been designed to a luxurious standard with a variety of modern comforts
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Cannon Lane House has been designed to a luxurious standard with a variety of modern comforts
The Commercial Building of the Year at the LEAF Awards 2016 is Marseilles Docks in Marseille, France
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The Commercial Building of the Year at the LEAF Awards 2016 is Marseilles Docks in Marseille, France
Marseilles Docks was designed by 5+1AA architectures with JPMorgan and Constructa Urban Systems
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Marseilles Docks was designed by 5+1AA architectures with JPMorgan and Constructa Urban Systems
Marseilles Docks took over two years of building works and architectural renovations
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Marseilles Docks took over two years of building works and architectural renovations
Marseilles Docks has a variety of interior installations
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Marseilles Docks has a variety of interior installations
Marseilles Docks boasts many different types of spaces
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Marseilles Docks boasts many different types of spaces
Marseilles Docks took over two years of building works and architectural renovations
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Marseilles Docks took over two years of building works and architectural renovations
There are workspaces located in Marseilles Docks
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There are workspaces located in Marseilles Docks
Marseilles Docks is built around four courtyards
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Marseilles Docks is built around four courtyards
Interior greenery of the Marseilles Docks
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Interior greenery of the Marseilles Docks
Light is allowed into the courtyards at Marseilles through the ceilings
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Light is allowed into the courtyards at Marseilles through the ceilings
Marseilles Docks has a range of different interior styles
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Marseilles Docks has a range of different interior styles
Marseilles Docks is inspired by the Mediterranean
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Marseilles Docks is inspired by the Mediterranean
The Refurbishment of the Year at the LEAF Awards 2016 (sponsored by Prime) is Tea House in Hutong, Beijing, China
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The Refurbishment of the Year at the LEAF Awards 2016 (sponsored by Prime) is Tea House in Hutong, Beijing, China
The Hospitality Building of the Year at the LEAF Awards 2016 (sponsored by ABB) is the Waldorf Astoria Beijing in Beijing, China
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The Hospitality Building of the Year at the LEAF Awards 2016 (sponsored by ABB) is the Waldorf Astoria Beijing in Beijing, China
The Waldorf Astoria Beijing was designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
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The Waldorf Astoria Beijing was designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
The Waldorf Astoria Beijing has 176 rooms
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The Waldorf Astoria Beijing has 176 rooms
The Waldorf Astoria Beijing was designed as a contemporary interpretation of China's Forbidden City
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The Waldorf Astoria Beijing was designed as a contemporary interpretation of China's Forbidden City
The rooms at the Waldorf Astoria Beijing offer views out over the city
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The rooms at the Waldorf Astoria Beijing offer views out over the city
Tea House was designed by Arch Studio
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Tea House was designed by Arch Studio
Tea House is an L-shaped neighborhood comprising five houses and temporary corroded steel houses
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Tea House is an L-shaped neighborhood comprising five houses and temporary corroded steel houses
Tea House was based upon analysis of the old building
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Tea House was based upon analysis of the old building
The old north wing of Tea House is dated from the Qing Dynasty
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The old north wing of Tea House is dated from the Qing Dynasty
The refurbishment of Tea House factored in the building's age, as well as its financial and historical value
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The refurbishment of Tea House factored in the building's age, as well as its financial and historical value
Tea House features clean white interior spaces
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Tea House features clean white interior spaces
Tea House has a wooden structure and pitched roof
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Tea House has a wooden structure and pitched roof
Light is allowed in through the roof of Tea House
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Light is allowed in through the roof of Tea House
The Public Building of the Year at the LEAF Awards 2016 (sponsored by colcom group) is the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of La Laguna
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The Public Building of the Year at the LEAF Awards 2016 (sponsored by colcom group) is the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of La Laguna
The Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of La Laguna is located in Tenerife, Spain
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The Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of La Laguna is located in Tenerife, Spain
The Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of La Laguna was designed by GPY Arquitectos
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The Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of La Laguna was designed by GPY Arquitectos
The Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of La Laguna features smooth and sweeping curves
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The Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of La Laguna features smooth and sweeping curves
The Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of La Laguna is formed primarily of concrete
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The Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of La Laguna is formed primarily of concrete
The Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of La Laguna has an unbroken loop around which people can walk
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The Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of La Laguna has an unbroken loop around which people can walk
The design of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of La Laguna is aimed at extending the public space of the campus
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The design of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of La Laguna is aimed at extending the public space of the campus
The Best Sustainable Development at the LEAF Awards 2016 (sponsored by Gira) is the Hanover Page Mill in Palo Alto, US
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The Best Sustainable Development at the LEAF Awards 2016 (sponsored by Gira) is the Hanover Page Mill in Palo Alto, US
The Hanover Page Mill was designed by Form4 Architecture
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The Hanover Page Mill was designed by Form4 Architecture
Hanover Page Mill is located in the Stanford Research Park
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Hanover Page Mill is located in the Stanford Research Park
Hanover Page Mill has LEED Platinum and net-zero status
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Hanover Page Mill has LEED Platinum and net-zero status
Best Sustainable Development (sponsored by Gira): Form4 Architecture, Hanover Page Mill, Palo Alto, US
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Best Sustainable Development (sponsored by Gira): Form4 Architecture, Hanover Page Mill, Palo Alto, US
Hanover Page Mill is located in the Stanford Research Park
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Hanover Page Mill is located in the Stanford Research Park
Hanover Page Mill has LEED Platinum and net-zero status
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Hanover Page Mill has LEED Platinum and net-zero status
Hanover Page Mill is designed to provide high levels of occupant comfort
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Hanover Page Mill is designed to provide high levels of occupant comfort
The Future Building – Drawing Board of the Year at the LEAF Awards 2016 (sponsored by ABB) is BIO4 in Copenhagen, Denmark
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The Future Building – Drawing Board of the Year at the LEAF Awards 2016 (sponsored by ABB) is BIO4 in Copenhagen, Denmark
BIO4 was designed by Gottlieb Paludan Architects
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BIO4 was designed by Gottlieb Paludan Architects
BIO4 will be a destination for visitors who want to find out more about biomass processes and sustainable energy generation
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BIO4 will be a destination for visitors who want to find out more about biomass processes and sustainable energy generation
BIO4 is a biomass-fueled power plant
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BIO4 is a biomass-fueled power plant
The Future Building – Under Construction of the Year at the LEAF Awards 2016 (sponsored by ABB) is Kiruna City Hall in Kiruna, Sweden
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The Future Building – Under Construction of the Year at the LEAF Awards 2016 (sponsored by ABB) is Kiruna City Hall in Kiruna, Sweden
Kiruna City Hall was designed by Henning Larsen Architects
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Kiruna City Hall was designed by Henning Larsen Architects
Kiruna City Hall is designed to be a meeting place for the city
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Kiruna City Hall is designed to be a meeting place for the city
Kiruna City Hall has a circular outer volume
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Kiruna City Hall has a circular outer volume
Kiruna City Hall comprises both inner and outer volumes
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Kiruna City Hall comprises both inner and outer volumes
Kiruna City Hall will host exhibitions and workshops
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Kiruna City Hall will host exhibitions and workshops
Kiruna City Hall will feature meeting rooms and a council hall
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Kiruna City Hall will feature meeting rooms and a council hall
The Urban Design of the Year at the LEAF Awards 2016 is Qatar Research And Development Complex in Doha, Qatar
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The Urban Design of the Year at the LEAF Awards 2016 is Qatar Research And Development Complex in Doha, Qatar
Qatar Research And Development Complex was designed by Perkins + Will
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Qatar Research And Development Complex was designed by Perkins + Will
Qatar Research And Development Complex is designed to be a center of global learning
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Qatar Research And Development Complex is designed to be a center of global learning
Qatar Research And Development Complex is aimed at being a centerpiece of Qatar's vision to become a sustainable knowledge-based society
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Qatar Research And Development Complex is aimed at being a centerpiece of Qatar's vision to become a sustainable knowledge-based society
Qatar Research And Development Complex will cover 1,400 ha (3,500 ac)
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Qatar Research And Development Complex will cover 1,400 ha (3,500 ac)
Qatar Research And Development Complex will comprise 44 individual buildings
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Qatar Research And Development Complex will comprise 44 individual buildings
The Developer and Development Project of the Year at LEAF Awards 2016 is One New Ludgate in London, UK
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The Developer and Development Project of the Year at LEAF Awards 2016 is One New Ludgate in London, UK
One New Ludgate was designed by Land Securities with Fletcher Priest Architects
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One New Ludgate was designed by Land Securities with Fletcher Priest Architects
One New Ludgate is located close to St Paul's Cathedral
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One New Ludgate is located close to St Paul's Cathedral
One New Ludgate is designed to be a "vibrant new quarter"
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One New Ludgate is designed to be a "vibrant new quarter"
One New Ludgate is aimed at repairing poor post-war planning in the area
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One New Ludgate is aimed at repairing poor post-war planning in the area
Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the LEAF Awards 2016
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Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the LEAF Awards 2016

The overall winner of this year's LEAF Awards has been announced as Ian Ritchie Architects for the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at the UK's University College London. The building was awarded for its undulating, glowing and multifunctional glass façade.

Founded in 2001, the Leading European Architecture Forum (LEAF) Awards is an annual ceremony for architects, designers, developers and suppliers. It recognizes innovative architectural design and excellence in building from around the world, with a promise that projects of all shapes and sizes will be "judged on a level playing field."

This is reflected by the contrast of the two most recent overall winners, the high-tech and sustainably equipped One Central Park in 2014 and the graceful spiraling simplicity of the Ribbon Chapel last year. The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, which also won its category of Best Façade Design and Engineering, continues this varied vein, with its meticulously researched and designed façade providing the reason for its success.

Among the elements required by the neuroscience research lab were opening windows, interior daylighting, the ability to black-out interior spaces and large white writing surfaces, as well as privacy and security. The building's façade, in which it is wrapped on three sides, provides all of this.

The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour is located at the UK's University College London
The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour is located at the UK's University College London

Prefabricated in 11-percent light transmission cast glass sections, the translucent material allows light into the building while providing privacy. It also gives the building a white look during the day, but a soft glow at night. The undulating north-facing expanse of the façade, meanwhile, incorporates 100 triple-glazed mechanical-opening windows, with the envelope as a whole said to have contributed significantly to the building's BREEAM Excellent construction sustainablity standard.

The Xixi Wetland Estate residences are surrounded by water
The Xixi Wetland Estate residences are surrounded by water

Among the other winners was David Chipperfield Architects for its Xixi Wetland Estate in Hangzhou, China, in the Residential Building – Multiple Occupancy of the Year category (sponsored by Kaldewei). The landscaped development balances architecture with nature, with 20 two-story buildings raised up on concrete plinths and surrounded by water.

The Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of La Laguna is located in Tenerife, Spain
The Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of La Laguna is located in Tenerife, Spain

The Public Building of the Year category (sponsored by colcom group) went to GPY Arquitectos for its University of La Laguna Faculty of Fine Arts in Tenerife, Spain. The design was aimed at extending the public space of the campus, while still giving a sense that the building was an independent space of its own. It features smooth, sweeping and understated concrete curves, with an uninterrupted loop around which people can walk.

Hanover Page Mill has LEED Platinum and net-zero status
Hanover Page Mill has LEED Platinum and net-zero status

Hanover Page Mill in Palo Alto, US, designed by Form4 Architecture, won the Best Sustainable Development (sponsored by Gira). The building boasts a host of features like passive orientation, sunshades and thermally broken glazing to help achieve both LEED Platinum (a green building standard) and net-zero status.

BIO4 is a biomass-fueled power plant
BIO4 is a biomass-fueled power plant

The Future Building – Drawing Board of the Year category (sponsored by ABB) was won by Gottlieb Paludan Architects for its BIO4 biomass-fuelled power plant in Copenhagen, Denmark. The plant is aimed in part at contributing to Copenhagen's aim of being CO2-neutral by 2025 and will also be a destination for visitors who want to find out more about biomass processes and sustainable energy generation.

Fifteen category winners were recognized in total, with a Lifetime Achievement Award going to Santiago Calatrava. The Spanish architect was honored for his "unique vision and ability to transform cities through impactful design," as well as an ability to craft spaces that are "both visually striking and forward-thinking."

The winners were acknowledged at a ceremony in London on Friday.

Source: LEAF Awards

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