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Rich and colourful designs to transform Vauxhall

One of the competition entries Credit: The Communications Group

The 100 designs from 21 countries submitted to a competition run by the Royal Institute of British Architects will be displayed around Vauxhall's riverside, railway arches and small parks.

Architects and Landscape Designers inputted designs for the 'Public Realm' Credit: The Communications Group

Entrants were encouraged to take inspiration from New York's High Line - an historic elevated railway that was turned into a leafy urban park - to make green links along the river and through the parallel viaduct.

Entrants were encouraged to take inspiration from New York's High Line; a defunct elevated railway that was turned into a leafy urban park Credit: The Communications Group

Chris Law, from the Vauxhall Vauxhall One Business Improvement District said:

"There is a lively variation of ideas and many reoccurring themes. Our aim is to help create a great public realm for Vauxhall."

On April 15, a shortlist of three, plus a student winner, will be chosen. The shortlisted four will be asked to submit more detailed proposals.

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Laboratory beats stadium to prestigious prize

The ultimate winner of the Stirling architecture prize was the £82 million Sainsbury Laboratory, a new plant science research centre in Cambridge.

The judges described the laboratory as a timeless piece of architecture, a university building "taken to an extraordinary degree of sophistication and beauty".

The Sainsbury Laboratory.
The Sainsbury Laboratory. Credit: Hufton and Crow.
The Sainsbury Laboratory.
The Sainsbury Laboratory. Credit: Hufton and Crow.

Stadium misses out on architecture prize

The Olympic Stadium.
The Olympic Stadium was one of six buildings shortlisted for the Stirling Prize. Credit: LOCOG.

London's Olympic stadium has failed to secure its own gold medal, after missing out on the UK's most prestigious architecture prize.

The 80,000-capacity stadium was one of six buildings to be shortlisted for the Royal Institute of British Architects' (Riba) Stirling Prize. But in the end the gong went to a science laboratory in Cambridge.

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