The John Morden Centre, a retirement day care facility in London, has won the UK’s leading architecture award. The building in Blackheath was praised by the Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize 2023 jury for its use of sustainable materials. …Designed by Mæ, the Riba judges said it set an example of how to “raise the bar of quality in social healthcare”. …The centre is described as a series of red brick “pavilions” housing care and social spaces, stitched together by a central timber “cloister”. …The centre uses principles of “biophilic design”, which means it connects with its surrounding natural environment. A large cedar tree, for example, is the focal point of the garden, with different seating areas to appreciate the changing natural light. The building also used construction materials such as cross-laminated timber to reduce its carbon footprint.