The Sainsbury Laboratory

The Sainsbury Laboratory

The Sainsbury Laboratory was formally opened by HM the Queen on 27 April 2011. The new building, designed by Stanton Williams, is built in the Botanic Gardens of Cambridge University and comprises a 11,000 square metre plant science research centre - future home to 120 scientists and 30 support staff dedicated to discovering precisely how plant diversity arises and evolves.

The design reconciles complex scientific requirements with the need for a building - one that also responds to its landscape and provides a collegiate, stimulating environment for research and collaboration. The building comprises laboratories, support areas, meeting spaces, the University’s herbarium as well as a new public café and seminar room.

Luke Hughes was appointed to work closely with the architects to design and procure all the furniture, most of which is bespoke. The project has been a perfect example of one of the tenets of Luke Hughes’ design philosophy, that in any quality building, the connection between the architecture and the furniture should be seamless. In October 2014, the project was voted the 'best Stirling Prize winner ever' in an Architects' Journal readers poll with 21% of the vote.

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