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.
The project by the award-winning architects comprises the renovation of a large existing warehouse in the port of Dunkirk, as well as the construction of a new building standing beside it, equal in volume but with a different spatial quality and materials. In words of the architects, “the new building juxtaposes delicately without competing nor fading. The duplication is the attentive response to the identity of the hall. […] Under a light and bioclimatic envelope, a prefabricated and efficient structure allows for free, flexible and evolving platforms, with few constraints, fit to the needs of the program. The transparency of the skin allows to see, as a background vision, the opaque volumes of the artwork archive.”
The whole of the winning projects are listed below:
BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award Grand Prize (30,000 euros)
FRAC (Regional Contemporary Artwork Collection) in Dunkirk, France, by Lacaton & Vassal.
BigMat ’17 National Prize in Walloon and Brussels City regions of Belgium (5,000 euros)
“A Building-Square” in Herstal, Belgium, by Multiple Architecture & Urbanisme.
BigMat ’17 National Prize in the Czech Republic (5,000 euros)
The Prototype Of A House In Posazavi, Czech Republic, by A69 – Architekty
BigMat ’17 National Prize in Italy (5,000 euros)
Law Court Offices In Venice, Italy, by C+S Architects.
BigMat ’17 National Prize in Portugal (5,000 euros)
Abade Pedrosa Municipal Museum in Santo Tirso, Portugal, by Alvaro Siza Vieira + Eduardo Souto De Moura.
BigMat ’17 National Prize in Slovakia (5,000 euros)
Footbrige Sulin, Slovakia, by Zerozero.
BigMat ’17 National Prize in Spain (5,000 euros)
Royal Collections Museum in Madrid, Spain, by Mansilla + Tuñón Architects.
BigMat ’17 Architecture Category Prize (1,500 euros)
86 Lodgements in Lyon, France, by Éric Lapierre Experience.
BigMat ’17 Architecture Category Prize (1,500 euros)
Public Condenser in Saclay, France, by Muoto Architecture.
BigMat ’17 City And Landscape Category Prize (1,500 euros)
House In Alfama in Lisbon, Portugal, by Pedro Matos Gameiro.
BigMat ’17 Sustainability And Innovative Use Of Material Category Prize (1,500 euros)
Factory Of Electrical Assembly in Spain, by José María Sánchez García.
BigMat ’17 Restoration Category Prize (1,500 euros)
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.
BigMat ’17 Public Prize (1,500 euros)
Quinta Da Tilia in Ponta Delgada, Portugal by Pedro Mauricio Borges.
BigMat ’17 Honorific Mention For Young Architects
Black Flying House in Bohemia, Czech Republic, by H3t Architekti.
BIGMAT INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE AWARD
The BigMat Group was created in 1981 in a bid to bring together companies from different European countries and promote and foster cooperation and closer ties between them. The Group’s growth and progress over the years is a result of:
• Independence of the different business owners
• Spirit of excellence
• Desire to collaborate and share experiences
• Proximity to clients
The BigMat chain has over 892 sales outlets spread across seven European countries, namely Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the Walloon and Brussels-Capital regions of Belgium. The Group’s global turnover exceeds 2 billion euros and its business is focused primarily on the construction trade. Clients can always rely on BigMat to support their architectural projects by supplying building materials and providing its invaluable expert advice.
The group provides direct support and consultancy in connection with restoration projects and new builds in a sector currently in the depths of recession, reflecting its tireless commitment to contemporary society. This attitude is embodied through sustainable development and social housing and also through new ideas on how best to structure and arrange cities and refinements to home design and living conditions. The group believes that architects play a key role and have a huge impact in this process of gradual transformation.
That is why we have chosen to hold the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award with the aim of recognising and rewarding architectural excellence, encouraging dialogue between all the different players involved in the architecture sector and championing high-quality construction. Close attention will be paid to those architectural works that have made a major contribution to contemporary architectural culture by drawing on timeless architectural designs and concepts to have endured the test of time. The panelists will also focus on how well the entries incorporate energy efficiency parameters, sustainable construction and the quest for greater comfort and habitability.