Lacaton & Vassal wins 2017 BigMat Grand Prize for Architecture

November 29, 2017

The FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais art center, completed in 2013 by the French architects, follows the office building by Alberto Campo Baeza and the kitchen tower by Xaveer De Geyter as Grand Prize of the biannual award. The third edition of the BigMat International Architecture Award rewards European architecture with one Grand Prize (30.000€), six National Prizes (5.000€ each prize), six Category Prizes (1.500€ each prize), one Public Prize (1.500€) and one Special Mention for Young Architects.

 

BigMat '17 International Architecture Award ceremony at Palazzo Vecchio, Florence  © BigMat

BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award ceremony at Palazzo Vecchio, Florence © BigMat

 

The awards ceremony took place on November 24th, at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy, in the presence of the architects competing for the Grand Prize, the members of the international panel of judges and the companies making up the BigMat Group. The selected 14 finalists were chosen from the initial selection of 87 participating teams of architects disclosed last July.

Out of a list of almost 900 projects from 7 European countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Slovakia, Portugal and Spain), the panel of judges chaired by Jesús Aparicio and comprising Xaveer De Geyter (Belgium), Henrieta Moravčíková (Czech Republic + Slovakia), Marc Barani (France), Francesco Isidori (Italy), Paulo David (Portugal + Spain), and awards secretary Jesús Donaire, decided to give the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award to the French National Fund for Contemporary Arts building ‘FRAC’ in Dunkirk, by French architects Lacaton & Vassal.

 

FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais by Lacaton & Vassal © Philippe Ruault

FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais by Lacaton & Vassal © Philippe Ruault

Jesús Aparicio, Anne Lacaton and Claude Coutant. BigMat '17 International Architecture Award ceremony © BigMat

Jesús Aparicio, Anne Lacaton and Claude Coutant. BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award ceremony © BigMat

 

The project by the award-winning architects comprises the renovation of a large existing warehouse in the port of Dunkirk, as well as the construction of a new building standing beside it, equal in volume but with a different spatial quality and materials. In words of the architects, “the new building juxtaposes delicately without competing nor fading. The duplication is the attentive response to the identity of the hall. […] Under a light and bioclimatic envelope, a prefabricated and efficient structure allows for free, flexible and evolving platforms, with few constraints, fit to the needs of the program. The transparency of the skin allows to see, as a background vision, the opaque volumes of the artwork archive.”

 

FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais by Lacaton & Vassal © Philippe Ruault

FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais by Lacaton & Vassal © Philippe Ruault

 

The whole of the winning projects are listed below:

BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award Grand Prize (30,000 euros)
FRAC (Regional Contemporary Artwork Collection) in Dunkirk, France, by Lacaton & Vassal.

 

FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais by Lacaton & Vassal. Photography © Philippe Ruault.

FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais by Lacaton & Vassal. Photography © Philippe Ruault

FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais by Lacaton & Vassal © Philippe Ruault

FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais by Lacaton & Vassal © Philippe Ruault


 

BigMat ’17 National Prize in Walloon and Brussels City regions of Belgium (5,000 euros)
“A Building-Square” in Herstal, Belgium, by Multiple Architecture & Urbanisme.

 

Station Herstal "A Building Square" by  ARJM Multiple Architecture & Urbanisme © Filip Dujardin

Station Herstal “A Building Square” by ARJM Multiple Architecture & Urbanisme © Filip Dujardin

Station Herstal "A Building Square" by  ARJM Multiple Architecture & Urbanisme © Filip Dujardin

Station Herstal “A Building Square” by ARJM Multiple Architecture & Urbanisme © Filip Dujardin



BigMat ’17 National Prize in the Czech Republic (5,000 euros)
The Prototype Of A House In Posazavi, Czech Republic, by A69 – Architekty

 

Family House in Posazavi by a69 Architekti © Tomáš Rasl

Family House in Posazavi by a69 Architekti © Tomáš Rasl

Family House in Posazavi by a69 Architekti © Tomáš Rasl

Family House in Posazavi by a69 Architekti © Tomáš Rasl


 

BigMat ’17 National Prize in Italy (5,000 euros)
Law Court Offices In Venice, Italy, by C+S Architects.

 

Law-Court Offices in Venice by C+S Architects © C+S Architects

Law-Court Offices in Venice by C+S Architects © C+S Architects

Law-Court Offices in Venice by C+S Architects © C+S Architects

Law-Court Offices in Venice by C+S Architects © C+S Architects


 

BigMat ’17 National Prize in Portugal (5,000 euros)
Abade Pedrosa Municipal Museum in Santo Tirso, Portugal, by Alvaro Siza Vieira + Eduardo Souto De Moura.

 

Abade Pedrosa Municipal Museum by Alvaro Siza Vieira + Eduardo Souto de Moura © João Morgado

Abade Pedrosa Municipal Museum by Alvaro Siza Vieira + Eduardo Souto de Moura © João Morgado

Abade Pedrosa Municipal Museum by Alvaro Siza Vieira + Eduardo Souto de Moura © João Morgado

Abade Pedrosa Municipal Museum by Alvaro Siza Vieira + Eduardo Souto de Moura © João Morgado


 

BigMat ’17 National Prize in Slovakia (5,000 euros)
Footbrige Sulin, Slovakia, by Zerozero.

 

Footbridge Sulin -  Zegiestow by ZeroZero © ZeroZero

Footbridge Sulin – Zegiestow by ZeroZero © ZeroZero

Footbridge Sulin -  Zegiestow by ZeroZero © ZeroZero

Footbridge Sulin – Zegiestow by ZeroZero © ZeroZero


 

BigMat ’17 National Prize in Spain (5,000 euros)
Royal Collections Museum in Madrid, Spain, by Mansilla + Tuñón Architects.

 

Royal Collections Museum by Mansilla+Tuñón Arquitectos © Luis Asín

Royal Collections Museum by Mansilla+Tuñón Arquitectos © Luis Asín

Royal Collections Museum by Mansilla+Tuñón Arquitectos © Luis Asín

Royal Collections Museum by Mansilla+Tuñón Arquitectos © Luis Asín


 

BigMat ’17 Architecture Category Prize (1,500 euros)
86 Lodgements in Lyon, France, by Éric Lapierre Experience.

 

86 Logements Lyon by  Eric Lapierre Experience © Eric Lapierre Experience

86 Logements Lyon by Eric Lapierre Experience © Eric Lapierre Experience

86 Logements Lyon by  Eric Lapierre Experience © Eric Lapierre Experience

86 Logements Lyon by Eric Lapierre Experience © Eric Lapierre Experience


 

BigMat ’17 Architecture Category Prize (1,500 euros)
Public Condenser in Saclay, France, by Muoto Architecture.

 

Public Condenser by MUOTO © Maxime Delvaux

Public Condenser by MUOTO © Maxime Delvaux

Public Condenser by MUOTO © Maxime Delvaux

Public Condenser by MUOTO © Maxime Delvaux


 

BigMat ’17 Restoration Category Prize (1,500 euros)
Arquipélago Contemporary Arts Centre in Ribeira Grande, Portugal, by João Mendes Ribeiro Arquitecto Lda Menos É Mais.

 

Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Center by Menos e Mais and  João Mendes Ribeiro © Jose Campos

Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Center by Menos e Mais and João Mendes Ribeiro © Jose Campos

Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Center by Menos e Mais and  João Mendes Ribeiro © Jose Campos

Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Center by Menos e Mais and João Mendes Ribeiro © Jose Campos


 

BigMat ’17 City And Landscape Category Prize (1,500 euros)
House In Alfama in Lisbon, Portugal, by Pedro Matos Gameiro.

 

House in Alfama by Pedro Matos Gameiro © Ana Santos

House in Alfama by Pedro Matos Gameiro © Ana Santos

House in Alfama by Pedro Matos Gameiro © Ana Santos

House in Alfama by Pedro Matos Gameiro © Ana Santos


 

BigMat ’17 Sustainability And Innovative Use Of Material Category Prize (1,500 euros)
Factory Of Electrical Assembly in Spain, by José María Sánchez García.

 

Industrial Assembly Factory by José María Sánchez García © Roland Halbe

Industrial Assembly Factory by José María Sánchez García © Roland Halbe

Industrial Assembly Factory by José María Sánchez García © Roland Halbe

Industrial Assembly Factory by José María Sánchez García © Roland Halbe


 

BigMat ’17 Restoration Category Prize (1,500 euros)
Consolidation And Adaptation Of The Ancient Convent Of Santa María De Los Reyes And Its Gardens in Spain, by Mgm, Morales De Giles Arquitectos S.l.p.

 

Consolidation and Adaptation of the Convent and Gardens  of Santa María de los Reyes, by MGM, Morales de Giles Arquitectos © MGM

Consolidation and Adaptation of the Convent and Gardens of Santa María de los Reyes, by MGM, Morales de Giles Arquitectos © MGM

Consolidation and Adaptation of the Convent and Gardens  of Santa María de los Reyes, by MGM, Morales de Giles Arquitectos © MGM

Consolidation and Adaptation of the Convent and Gardens of Santa María de los Reyes, by MGM, Morales de Giles Arquitectos © MGM


 

BigMat ’17 Public Prize (1,500 euros)
Quinta Da Tilia in Ponta Delgada, Portugal by Pedro Mauricio Borges.

 

Quinta da Tilia Pedro by Mauricio Borges © Mauricio Borges

Quinta da Tilia Pedro by Fernando Guerra © Fernando Guerra

Quinta da Tilia Pedro by Mauricio Borges © Mauricio Borges

Quinta da Tilia Pedro by Fernando Guerra © Fernando Guerra


 

BigMat ’17 Honorific Mention For Young Architects
Black Flying House in Bohemia, Czech Republic, by H3t Architekti.

 

Black Flying House by H3T Architekti © Martina Kubešová

Black Flying House by H3T Architekti © Martina Kubešová


 

BIGMAT INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE AWARD

The BigMat Group was created in 1981 in a bid to bring together companies from different European countries and promote and foster cooperation and closer ties between them. The Group’s growth and progress over the years is a result of:

• Independence of the different business owners
• Spirit of excellence
• Desire to collaborate and share experiences
• Proximity to clients

The BigMat chain has over 892 sales outlets spread across seven European countries, namely Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the Walloon and Brussels-Capital regions of Belgium. The Group’s global turnover exceeds 2 billion euros and its business is focused primarily on the construction trade. Clients can always rely on BigMat to support their architectural projects by supplying building materials and providing its invaluable expert advice.

The group provides direct support and consultancy in connection with restoration projects and new builds in a sector currently in the depths of recession, reflecting its tireless commitment to contemporary society. This attitude is embodied through sustainable development and social housing and also through new ideas on how best to structure and arrange cities and refinements to home design and living conditions. The group believes that architects play a key role and have a huge impact in this process of gradual transformation.

That is why we have chosen to hold the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award with the aim of recognising and rewarding architectural excellence, encouraging dialogue between all the different players involved in the architecture sector and championing high-quality construction. Close attention will be paid to those architectural works that have made a major contribution to contemporary architectural culture by drawing on timeless architectural designs and concepts to have endured the test of time. The panelists will also focus on how well the entries incorporate energy efficiency parameters, sustainable construction and the quest for greater comfort and habitability.

 

BigMat '17 International Architecture Award ceremony at Palazzo Vecchio, Florence  © BigMat

BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award ceremony at Palazzo Vecchio, Florence © BigMat

BigMat '17 International Architecture Award ceremony at Palazzo Vecchio, Florence  © BigMat

BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award ceremony at Palazzo Vecchio, Florence © BigMat

BigMat '17 International Architecture Award ceremony at Palazzo Vecchio, Florence  © BigMat

BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award ceremony at Palazzo Vecchio, Florence © BigMat


 

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