After Alberto Campo Baeza and Xaveer De Geyter —the former two editions winners— who will be the next Grand Prize? The registration period for the 3rd edition of the BigMat International Architecture Award is now open.
The Prize aims to reward and call attention to those architectural works that have made a major contribution to contemporary architectural culture in the Walloon and Brussels City regions of Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain.
The international panel of judges will reward 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.).
As a novelty from previous editions of the Award, 6 Category Prizes have been added to the 6 National Prizes. These categories are: Sustainability and innovative use of materials, Architecture, City and Landscape, Rehabilitation, Ephemeral architecture and Interior design.
BIGMAT ’17 INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE AWARD
The prize is open to architects who work in one of the seven participating countries, namely the Walloon and Brussels-Capital regions of Belgium, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Any architects whose professional address is in any of the six participating countries and whose works have also been built in these territories can submit their works until the 4th of May 2017. To be eligible, the project must have been built between 1 January 2011 and 1 January 2017 in any participating region except Slovakia, for which entries may have been completed between 1 January 2009 and 1 January 2017 as this country has only just been included as an eligible region in this third edition of the contest.
The panel of judges will comprise one member for each of the participating countries –all of which experts of recognized prestige- as well as the President of the jury, Jesús Aparicio (Doctor in Architecture and Professor of Architectural Projects at the Technical University of Madrid) and the Awards Secretary, Jesús Donaire (Architect and Associated lecturer in Architectural Projects at the Technical University of Madrid).
The BigMat´17 Award members of the jury are:
- Belgium (Wallonia and Brussels City): Xaveer de Geyter, Architect and winner of the BigMat ’13 International Architecture Grand Prize.
- Czech Republic and Slovakia: Henrieta Moravčíková, Architect, historian and architecture publisher.
- France: Marc Barani, Architect, winner of the Grand Prix de l’Architecture in 2013.
- Italy: Francesco Isidori, Architect, founder of the architecture firm LABICS.
- Portugal and Spain: Paulo David, Architect, winner of the Alvar Aalto Medal in 2012.
All participating architects will have the opportunity to compete before this panel of internationally renowned judges, charged with designating the winner of the BigMat ’17 International Grand Prize (30.000€), as well as the winners of the 6 BigMat ’17 National Prizes (5.000€), 6 BigMat ’17 Category Prizes (1.500€) and the BigMat ’17 Special Mention for Young Architects (1.500€).
The registration period will run from 16 January through to 4 May 2017, with the closing event and awards ceremony arranged to take place on Friday, 24 November 2017 on occasion of the Annual Congress of the BigMat International Group held in Florence, Italy.
In the interest for disseminating information about the runners-up and the prizewinners, a catologue will also be published. The 2013 BigMat Architecture Award catalogue and 2015 BigMat Architecture Award catalogue are available online, too.
All the information and the submission forms can be viewed in the official webpage of the Prize.
The Architecture Award originated in Spain back in 2005, where the three following back-to-back national editions extended the award’s scope to become an international event attracting overwhelming levels of interest. The first edition of the BigMat International Architecture Award took place in 2013 and the Grand Prize was granted to Belgian architect Xaveer de Geyter at the awards ceremony held in Granada, Spain, in November 2013. The jury that selected his project among the other six National Prizes comprised six prestigious architects – chairman Jesús Aparicio, along with Marie Vanhamme (Belgium), Carlos Ferrater (Spain), Dominique Perrault (France), Cino Zucchi (Italy), Zdenek Lukeš (Czech Republic)- as well as the Awards Secretary Jesús Donaire.
Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza was proclaimed the winner of the second edition of the event held in Berlin in November 2015. 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.