Public Condenser in Saclay by Muoto Architecture

February 6, 2018

Discover the winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award Architecture Category Prize: a minimal structure using rough materials, robust and long lasting techniques, the “urban shelf” is organized vertically with its different activities superimposed on one another, using the roof as a panoramic playground for football and basketball games.

 

Public Condenser in Saclay, France, by Muoto Architecture © Maxime Delvaux

Public Condenser in Saclay, France, by Muoto Architecture © Maxime Delvaux

 

In words of Marc Barani (French member of the panel of judges): “The building directly and effectively expresses and illustrates the energy contained in the process of planning this living and breathing space. The vertical public space was conceived thanks to a subtle and clever arrangement of heavily glassed spaces. This general sense of transparency makes the structure the centre of the project and affords it a potent and unmistakeable presence.” (more…)

86 Lodgements in Lyon by Éric Lapierre Experience

January 30, 2018

Discover the winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award Architecture Category Prize: a concentric structure in concrete defines the building’s layout. The result is a plan without a corridor, consisting only of a set of rooms with the double-height interior. Dwellings are surrounded by outdoor spaces that give them a high quality of interior.

 

86 Lodgements in Lyon by Éric Lapierre Experience © Éric Lapierre

86 Lodgements in Lyon by Éric Lapierre Experience © Éric Lapierre

 

In words of Marc Barani (French member of the panel of judges): “The structure provides a number of convincing solutions to the matter of tower blocks and high-rises. Without doubt, this project is best described as an oxymoron: compact/bright, bars/flexible, rational/diverse, concrete/scalability. A work there to serve its inhabitants, where the architect has wisely fused classic and modern culture.” (more…)

Royal Collections Museum by Mansilla + Tuñón Arquitectos

January 23, 2018

Discover the winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award National Prize in Spain: Royal Collections Museum by Mansilla + Tuñón Arquitectos, a museum which is part of the natural-artificial landscape of the western ‘cornice’ of Madrid while also preserving the open, public character of La Almudena Square.

 

Royal Collections Museum by Mansilla + Tuñón Arquitectos © Luis Asín

Royal Collections Museum by Mansilla + Tuñón Arquitectos © Luis Asín

 

According to the panel of judges chairman, Jesús Aparicio, “[…] a sprawling museum that further enhances Madrid’s most iconic cityscape known as “la Cornisa”, tying in beautifully with the existing Royal Palace.” From an urban perspective, the project is based on two planning principles: on the one hand, the Royal Collection museum should be part of the natural-artificial landscape of Madrid’s western edge, and on the other hand, it is necessary to maintain the open, public nature of La Almudena Square and preserve the views of the gardens beneath the western lip of the city.

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Footbridge Sulin in Slovakia by ZeroZero

January 16, 2018

Today we discover the winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award National Prize in Slovakia, the Footbrige Sulin by Zerozero, a pedestrian bridge which crosses the river Poprad, the natural national border between Poland and Slovakia.

 

Footbridge Sulin – Zegiestow by ZeroZero © Jaroslav Val´ko

Footbridge Sulin – Zegiestow by ZeroZero © Jaroslav Val´ko

 

According to the panel of judges chairman, Jesús Aparicio, “[…] the short-listed project is a pedestrian bridge made from reinforced concrete, the design of which is a logical product of the function it serves and of the structure needed to create the work in the chosen material.”

In words of Henrieta Moravčíková (Czech Republic + Slovakiamember of the panel of judges): “The bridge crosses the river Poprad, which builds the natural national border between Poland and Slovakia. It should be a generator of the trans border tourism development in one of the most beautiful European natural settings. The concrete slightly vaulted bridge body with brutalist surface reacts on the surrounding landscape and enhances it, similarly as the stone bridges or castles have done in past. The down-to-earth character of the structure is underlined by the simple vertical grooves of the concrete body and the wooden cladding of the floor and inner railing. Balancing on the borderline between original and banal the authors of the bridge succeeded to create architecture perfectly consistent with this (none) ordinary place.” (more…)

Abade Pedrosa Municipal Museum by Alvaro Siza Vieira + Eduardo Souto De Moura

January 2, 2018

The project, winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award National Prize in Portugal, comprises the construction of the International Contemporary Sculpture Museum (MIEC) and rehabilitation of the Municipal Museum Abade Pedrosa (MMAP), that the Municipality of Santo Tirso intends to open in this site.

 

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

 

According to the panel of judges chairman, Jesús Aparicio, “[…] the Abade Pedrosa Municipal Museum is a piece that blends seamlessly with the surrounding architecture while creating a break between the two buildings and deftly adding the intended functionality.”

In words of Paulo David (Portuguese member of the panel of judges): “How can we relate different buildings with similar programs? By underlining the gulf between them, by building in the form of a distinct touch and position through construction of a new body that physically connects the two buildings. By joining all times, exposing their subtleties. By replacing a small window, a tiny detail, a memory. By re-inscribing the truth in the historical adjustment and reinterpreting the past to build another time. When discovering the dialog between two architects that put in place two buildings communicating in time and in history, one perceives the sequencing in their decisions, even the most silent ones.” (more…)

Law-Court Offices in Venice by C+S Architects

December 26, 2017

Today we discover the winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award National Prize in Italy: Law Court Offices in Venice by C+S Architects, a dark monolithic building respecting the historic city fabric.

 

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

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

 

The LCV project responds to the challenge of questioning the given site and program during the competition phase, in which architects were expected to work only on the adaptive reuse of a series of 19thcentury buildings within an abandoned tobacco factory. The team decided to introduce a new building, and designed a physical adapter in a unique, leftover open space in the dense urban landscape of Piazzale Roma. According to the panel of judges chairman, Jesús Aparicio, “[…] a courthouse featuring a dark and slender design, which the panel feels conveys the neutrality and elegance needed of an administrative building situated in an environment and city of such heritage and value.”

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Public spaces to connect the heart of a city, “A Building-Square” by Multiple

December 12, 2017

Following the FRAC Centre by Lacaton & Vassal, winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award, in this edition of our weekly post we discover the winner of the National Prize in Walloon and Brussels City regions of Belgium: “A Building-square” in Herstal by Multiple Architecture & Urbanisme.

 

“A Building-Square” in Herstal, Belgium, by Multiple Architecture & Urbanisme © Filip Dujardin

“A Building-Square” in Herstal, Belgium, by Multiple Architecture & Urbanisme © Filip Dujardin

 

In Herstal, an old city block made of hangars and abandoned houses left room for set spaces such as a new train station, housing and shopping facilities laid out around a new public square. The project also includes the refurbishment of a park containing urban vegetable gardens for the inhabitants of the city. The station has been viewed as an opportunity to create a link between two different levels of the city: the lower (the square, the dense urban fabric) and the upper (the trains, the hillsides, the park). The concept of the building-square integrates two main stakes: it generates an intermediate level, a belvedere and articulates the different levels of the public space. (more…)

Duplicating instead of renovating: discover Lacaton & Vassal’s FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais

December 5, 2017

The art center by the French architects Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal and winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award inaugurates a series of weekly posts which will feature all the awarded buildings, unveiling the best recent European architecture.

 

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

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

 

On the past 24th of November , at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, 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 Grand Prize to the building ‘FRAC’ in Dunkirk, by French architects Lacaton & Vassal. (more…)

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. (more…)

Discover BigMat’17 International Architecture Award winning projects!

November 7, 2017

The third edition of the BigMat International Architecture Award winners shortlist have been revealed! Learn all about the 14 teams of architects who will be competing for BigMat Grand Prize following previous editions’ winners Xaveer De Geyter and Alberto Campo Baeza.

 

BigMat International Award National Prize Trophy

BigMat International Architecture Award National Prize Trophy

 

On Tuesday 24th of October the final shortlist of this year’s BigMat Award was made public. The list comprises 14 teams of architects from the 7 countries in which BigMat International is present -Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain- featuring a wide array of project typologies and architectural aproaches. All of these 14 teams will be competing for any of 6 National Prizes, 6 Category Prizes, 1 Public Prize, and most importantly, the BigMat International Grand Prize, awarded with 30,000 €.

The list of winners comprises Multiple Architecture & Urbanisme from Belgium, A69 Architekti from the Czech Republic, Éric Lapierre Experience, Lacaton & Vassal and MUOTO from France, C+S Architects from ItalyAlvaro Siza Vieira + Eduardo Souto de Moura, João Mendes Ribeiro and Menos é Mais, Pedro Matos Gameiro and Pedro Mauricio Borges from Portugal, ZEROZERO from Slovakia and José María Sánchez García, Mansilla + Tuñón Arquitectos and MGM Arquitectos from Spain.

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