Antonio Cruz Villalon and Antonio Ortiz García from Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos has just received the 2014 Spanish Gold Medal for Architecture, an award given by the Consejo Superior de Colegios de Arquitectos de España ( Spanish Superior Council of Architecture Colleges) (CSCAE) every two years to an architect with the aim of contributing to the highest social and cultural level of architecture. The Gold Medal for Architecture is the most prestigious award from the Superior Council.
In the event, held in the Spanish Senate and chaired by the president of the chamber, Pio Garcia Escudero, an architect by profession, and the Minister of Public Development, Ana Pastor, Cruz Villalon thanked the award on behalf of the study and recalled the evolution of the architectural profession and his career, while also defending the “healthy eclecticism”, which “has helped to prevent too much enthusiasm” and “to keep the desire for independence, professionalism and mastery of the discipline” in order to “maintain the right proportion of all components of architecture. ”
The architect Rafael Moneo was asked to deliver the laudatio on the two Sevillian architects who are, he said, “a good mirror to look in” for young architects and whose successful and extensive career highlights that “when an architect faces reality without eluding problems, accepting the responsibility that society yield in his work, it is possible to achieve the goals which one has dreamed of “.
Moneo stated that Cruz y Ortiz study is “an example of collective work” and that ” professionalism does not impede to keep alive the intellectual interest”, as they have always been close to academic world. He also praised their respect for places and programmes in their work, linguistic precision, good sense in the construction and materials, and the safety and quality of sections and plans.”
The Navarre architect did not forget that this year the Seville based architects have won several awards as a result of their completion of the works in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, that “synthesizes and gives reason for their credo as architects”.
In that sense, Moneo said the Dutch space includes those which have been leitmotifs in their work: “respect for the city and good construction practices” that have allowed ” the institution to settle back in the city as the symbolic monument it always was “. The intervention of Cruz y Ortiz in the Rijksmuseum allows “a bold scenario unifying spaces and enabling a new and different use of them” so that, “without altering its structure, the intervention sets a new circulatory system with an open and inclusive attitude . Therefore they have received the best reviews by experts and by common people” concluded Moneo.