Call for entries for the 4th edition of the BigMat International Architecture Award

Submit your project now! The BigMat International Architecture Award ’19 rewards quality architectural production in Europe with more than 70.000€, distributed in 1 Grand Prize, 6 National Prizes, 7 Prizes for Finalists and one Special Mention for Young Architects. The registration period will close on April 26, 2019.

 

BigMat International Architecture Award ’17 Grand Prize, FRAC Grand Large by Lacaton & Vassal © Philippe Ruault

 

The prize is open to architects who work in one of the seven participating countries: Belgium, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Any architects whose professional address is in any of the seven participating countries and whose works have also been built in these territories can submit their works until the 26th of April 2019. To be eligible for the award, the project must have been built between 1 January 2015 and 1 January 2019 in any of the participating countries. Buildings that won or made the final in previous editions of this competition may not be entered again into this fourth edition.

The panel of judges will award a total of 14 prizes across the different categories and each of the seven countries taking part in the contest must be represented. There will also be a Special Mention for Young Architects. Of the 14 awards handed out under the different categories, the awards panel shall select seven National winners. The seven winning entries for each of the countries taking part will then compete for the BigMat International Architecture Award ’19 Grand Prize.

 

BigMat International Architecture Award ’17 Grand Prize, FRAC Grand Large by Lacaton & Vassal © Philippe Ruault

 

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´19 Award members of the jury are:

  • Jesús Aparicio, Award President.
  • Jesús Donaire, Award Secretary.
  • Belgium: Stéphane Beel, architect and founder of architecture studio Stéphane Beel Architects.
  • Czech Republic and Slovakia: Petr Pelčak, architect and founder of architecture studio Pelčak a Partner architekti.
  • France: Philippe Prost, architect and National Award Winner for France at BigMat’15.
  • Italy: Paolo Zermani, architect and academician of the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca in Rome.
  • Portugal and Spain: Fuensanta Nieto, architect awarded the Alvar Aalto Medal in 2015.

 

From left to right: Jesús Aparicio, Jesús Donaire, Petr Pelčak, Philippe Prost, Fuensanta Nieto, Stéphane Beel, Paolo Zermani.

 

All participating architects will have the opportunity to compete before this panel of internationally renowned judges, charged with designating the winner of the BigMat International Architectural Award ’19 Grand Prize  (30.000€), as well as the winners of the 6 National Prizes (5.000€), 7  Prizes for Finalists ’19(1.500€) and the Special Mention for Young Architects (1.500€).

The registration period will run from 14 January through to 26 April 2019, with the closing event and awards ceremonyto be held in the French city of Bordeaux, on Friday 22 November 2019, coinciding with the Annual Congress of the BigMat International Group.

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, 2015 BigMat Architecture Award catalogue and 2017 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.

In the last edition the FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais art center by the French architects Lacaton & Vassal followed the kitchen tower by Xaveer De Geyter (winner in 2013) and the office building by Alberto Campo Baeza (winner in 2015) as Grand Prize of the biannual award.

 

BigMat '13 Award Grand Prize: Elishout Kitchen Tower Campus COOVI, Brussels, by Xaveer De Geyter Architects (XDGA) © Frans Parthesius

BigMat International Architecture Award ’13 Grand Prize: Elishout Kitchen Tower Campus COOVI, Brussels, by Xaveer De Geyter Architects (XDGA) © Frans Parthesius

BigMat '15 Award Grand Prize: Office building in Zamora, Spain, Campo Baeza Architecture Studio © Javier Callejas

BigMat International Architecture Award ’15 Grand Prize: Office building in Zamora, Spain, Campo Baeza Architecture Studio © Javier Callejas

 

PREVIOUS EDITIONS

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.

BigMat ’13 Czech Republic National Prize. Memorial to Victims of Communism, Liberec, by Petr Janda / Brainwork + Sporadical © Ester Havlová – Petr Janda – brainwork
BigMat ’13 Special Mention for Young Architects. Faculty of Cellular and Genetic Biology of Alcalá University, Alcalá de Henares, by Héctor Fernández Elorza © Montse Zamorano Gañán
BigMat ’13 France National Prize. Student Residence, Paris, by LAN Architecture © LAN Architecture
BigMat ’13 Spain National Prize. Atrio Relais & Châteaux Hotel and Restaurant, Cáceres, by Mansilla + Tuñón © Mansilla + Tuñón
BigMat ’13 Grand Prize. Elishout Kitchen Tower Campus COOVI, Brussels, by Xaveer De Geyter Architects (XDGA) © Frans Parthesius
BigMat ’13 Italy National Prize. Via Padovani Housing, Imola, by Lelli & Associati Architettura + Magazè S.R.L © Alberto Muciaccia

 

Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza was proclaimed the winner of the second edition in 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 International Architecture Award ’15 to the office building located in Zamora, Spain, by Campo Baeza Architecture Studio.

 

BigMat ’15 Grand Prize. Office building in Zamora, Spain, Campo Baeza Architecture Studio © Javier Callejas
BigMat ’15 France National Prize. The Ring of Remembrance in Notre-Dame de Lorette, France, Agence d’Architecture Philippe Prost © AAPP
BigMat ’15 Portugal National Prize. Casa Da Severa in Lisbon, Portugal, José Adrião Arquitectos © José Adrião Arquitectos
BigMat ’15 BelgiumNational Prize. KAU Gymnasium in Court Saint Étienne, Belgium, URA Architects © F. Dujardin
BigMat ’15 Czech Republic National Prize. Facilities for a Biotope in Honětice, Czech Republic by Prokš Přikryl architekti
BigMat ’15 Special Mention for Young Architects. Dialogue between Matter and Landscape in Nozay, France © a+ samueldelmas architectes urbanistes
BigMat ’15 Italy National Prize. La Pedevilla Pliscia 13 in Enneberg, Italy, Pedevilla Architects © Pedevilla Architects

French architects Lacaton & Vassal won the third edition of BigMat International Architecture Award in the event held in November 2017 at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy. 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 award to the French National Fund for Contemporary Arts building ‘FRAC’ in Dunkirk, by Lacaton & Vassal.

 

BigMat '17 Grand Prize for Architecture, FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais by Lacaton & Vassal © Philippe Ruault
BigMat ’17 National Prize in Walloon and Brussels City regions of Belgium, "A Building-Square" in Herstal, Belgium, by Multiple Architecture & Urbanisme © Filip Dujardin
BigMat ’17 National Prize in the Czech Republic, The Prototype Of A House In Posazavi, Czech Republic, by A69 – Architekty © Tomáš Rasl
BigMat ’17 National Prize in Italy, Law Court Offices In Venice, Italy, by C+S Architects © C+S Architects
BigMat ’17 National Prize in Portugal, Abade Pedrosa Municipal Museum in Santo Tirso, Portugal, by Alvaro Siza Vieira + Eduardo Souto De Moura © João Morgado
BigMat ’17 National Prize in Slovakia, Footbrige Sulin, Slovakia, by Zerozero © ZeroZero
BigMat ’17 National Prize in Spain, Royal Collections Museum in Madrid, Spain, by Mansilla + Tuñón Architects © Luis Asín
BigMat ’17 Architecture Category Prize, 86 Lodgements in Lyon, France, by Éric Lapierre Experience © Eric Lapierre Experience
BigMat ’17 Architecture Category Prize, Public Condenser in Saclay, France, by Muoto Architecture © Maxime Delvaux
BigMat ’17 Restoration Category Prize, Arquipélago Contemporary Arts Centre in Ribeira Grande, Portugal, by João Mendes Ribeiro Arquitecto Lda Menos É Mais © Jose Campos
BigMat ’17 City And Landscape Category Prize House In Alfama in Lisbon, Portugal, by Pedro Matos Gameiro © Ana Santos
BigMat ’17 Sustainability And Innovative Use Of Material Category Prize, Factory Of Electrical Assembly in Spain, by José María Sánchez García © Roland Halbe
BigMat ’17 Restoration Category Prize, 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. © MGM
BigMat ’17 Public Prize, Quinta Da Tilia in Ponta Delgada, Portugal by Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra
BigMat ’17 Honorific Mention For Young Architects Black Flying House in Bohemia, Czech Republic, by H3t Architekti © Martina Kubešová

 

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