You can now watch online a short video featuring some of the most important and interesting aspects of the awards ceremony for the 2015 BigMat International Architecture Award. 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.
In the video we can see the members of the 18 teams of architects shortlisted for the 6 National Prizes: URA Archietcts, Prokš Přikryl architekti, Agence d’Architecture Philippe Prost, Pedevilla Architects, José Adrião Arquitectos, a+ samueldelmas architectes urbanistes, Atelier d’architecture Pierre Hebbelinck et Pierre de Wit, V+ / Vers plus de bien-être, ARCHTEAM, Projektil Architekti, LAN Architecture, GEZA Gri e Zucchi Architetti Associati, Andrea Oliva Architetto – Studio Cittarchitettura, Giorgio Santagostino and Monica Margarido, AZO Sequeira Arquitectos Associados, Héctor Fernández Elorza + Carlos García Fernández, and RCR arquitectes.
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.
The biennial Prize aims to call attention to the built works that have made a major contribution to contemporary architectural culture in Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, the Czech Republic and Belgium (Walloon and Brussels City), particularly aware of these works’ dialogue with timeless themes in the history of architecture, as well as their relationship with energy efficiency parameters, sustainable construction and the quest for greater comfort and habitability, accepting any building typology (residential works, commercial works, industrial works, institutional works, etc.).
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