The awards ceremony took place on Friday, November 20th, at the BOLLE Festsäle building in Berlin, in the presence of the 18 teams of architects competing for the grand prize, the members of the international panel of judges and the companies making up the BigMat Group. The selected 18 finalists were chosen from the initial selection of 100 participating teams of architects disclosed last June.
Out of a list of 750 projects from 6 European countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain), the panel of judges chaired by Jesús Aparicio and comprising Olivier Bastin (Belgium), Martin Rajnis (Czech Republic), Henri Ciriani (France), Francesco Dal Co (Italy), Manuel Aires Mateus (Portugal), Antonio Ortiz (Spain) and the Awards Secretary, Jesús Donaire, decided to give the BigMat ’15 International Architecture Award to the office building located in Zamora, Spain, by Campo Baeza Architecture Studio.
Regarding the winning design, the judges highlighted “[…]the correctness of the attitude adopted in order to solve a modern-day programme, having been able to combine very wisely the contemporary nature of the building with a respectful understanding of its existing surroundings[…]”. The Grand Prize was awarded by the President of BigMat International, Claude Coutant.
The whole of the winning projects are listed below:
BigMat ’15 International Architecture Award Grand Prize (30,000 euros)
Office building in Zamora, Spain, by the Campo Baeza Architecture Studio.
BigMat ’15 National Prize in Belgium (5,000 euros)
KAU Gymnasium in Court Saint Étienne, Belgium, by URA Architects.
BigMat ’15 National Prize in the Czech Republic (5,000 euros)
Facilities for a Biotope in Honětice, Czech Republic by Prokš Přikryl architekti.
BigMat ’15 National Prize in France (5,000 euros)
The Ring of Remembrance in Notre-Dame de Lorette, France, by the Agence d’Architecture Philippe Prost.
BigMat ’15 National Prize in Italy (5,000 euros)
La Pedevilla Pliscia 13 in Enneberg, Italy, by Pedevilla Architects.
BigMat ’15 National Prize in Portugal (5,000 euros)
Casa Da Severa in Lisbon, Portugal, by José Adrião Arquitectos.
Among the 18 projects eligible for the final prize, the BigMat ’15 Special Mention for Young Architects was awarded to the Dialogue between Matter and Landscape in Nozay, France, by a+ samueldelmas architectes urbanistes.
RUNNERS-UP FOR THE NATIONAL PRIZE
The twelve projects listed below have all received a BigMat ’15 Prize as the runners-up in the competition (1,500 euros):
- Liège Theatre, Liège, by Atelier d’architecture Pierre Hebbelinck et Pierre de Wit.
- Water Tower construction, Ghlin, by V+ / Vers plus de bien-être.
- Centre for Renovation of 20th Century Architectural Heritage, Brno by ARCHTEAM.
- Revitalization of the “Maxipes Fík” Riverbank, Kadaň, by Projektil Architekti.
- Euravenir Tower, Lille, by LAN Architecture.
- Dialogue between Matter and Landscape, in Nozay, by a+ samueldelmas architectes urbanistes.
- Faber Headquarters, Cividale Del Friuli, by GEZA Gri e Zucchi Architetti Associati.
- Technopole for Industrial Research: Shed 19 of Ex “Officine Reggiane” industrial area, Reggio Emilia, by Andrea Oliva Architetto – Studio Cittarchitettura.
- House in São Francisco da Serra, São Francisco Da Serra, by Giorgio Santagostino and Monica Margarido.
- The Dovecote, Braga, by AZO Sequeira Arquitectos Associados.
- Sotogrande Sailing School, Sotogrande, Cádiz, by Héctor Fernández Elorza + Carlos García Fernández.
- Public Space, “La Lira” Theatre, Ripoll, Girona, by RCR arquitectes.