Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta (RCR) receive the 2017 Pritzker Architecture Prize

The locally-based architects evoke universal identity through their creative and extensive use of modern materials including recycled steel and plastic. Their work “La Lira Theater” Public Open Space at Ripoll, Girona, was finalist for the BigMat ’15 National Prize.

 

Les Cols Restaurant Marquee, 2011, Olot, Girona, Spain © Hisao Suzuki

Les Cols Restaurant Marquee, 2011, Olot, Girona, Spain © Hisao Suzuki

 

The three architects, originating from Olot, in the Catalonian region of Spain, have worked together collaboratively since founding their firm RCR Arquitectes, in their hometown in 1988. Their work demonstrates an unyielding commitment to place and its narrative, to create spaces that are in discourse with their respective contexts. Harmonizing materiality with transparency, Aranda, Pigem and Vilalta seek connections between the exterior and interior, resulting in emotional and experiential  architecture. (more…)

“Hispania Nostra: Revisiting Spanish Heritage in Europe” at COAM

The exhibition is presented as a walkthrough of Hispania Nostra’s (Spanish association for the defense of natural and cultural heritage) work, celebrating the awards that Spain has received from Europe during the last four decades.

 

La Olmeda Roman House. Paredes Pedrosa Arq. © Hispania Nostra

La Olmeda Roman House. Paredes Pedrosa Arch. © Hispania Nostra

 

The exhibition showcases 191 spanish projects regarding the country’s Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites that have received any of the Europa Nostra Awards in the last 40 years.

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Winners of the XIII Spanish Architecture and Urbanism Biennial revealed

Among the 22 winning projects selected by the jury out of the over 400 presented are large-scale projects, coupled with smaller, domestic-scale projects like the Sailing School in Sotogrande by Héctor Fernández Elorza & Carlos García Fernández, winner of the BigMat ’15 National Spanish Architecture Prize.

 

Sotogrande Sailing School  © Hector Fernández Elorza

Sotogrande Sailing School © Hector Fernández Elorza & Carlos García

 

The Jury meeting for the XIII  Spanish Architecture and Urbanism Biennial – held on February 11 and 12 in Madrid- considered 22 proposals out of the  449 presented were worthy of being awarded in this edition of the prize, because they showed different attitudes on how to intervene on historical architectural heritage, on the city ​​and landscape with innovative and qualified solutions.

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Zaha Hadid Architects exhibition at RIBA

In honour of Dame Zaha Hadid receiving the 2016 Royal Gold Medal; the first woman to be awarded the prestigious honour in her own right, RIBA is exhibiting the work of Zaha Hadid Architects until the end of February.

 

Vitra Fire Station, Weil am Rhein, Germany © photo Christian Richters

Vitra Fire Station, Weil am Rhein, Germany © photo Christian Richters

 

From early in her career, on the cusp of the architect’s emergence to the global stage, through to her recent projects that continue to innovate with new design, construction and material technologies. The Royal Gold Medal is given in recognition of a lifetime’s work and this exhibition spans the breadth of Hadid’s career showcasing a selection of models, photographs and prints.

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RIBA President’s Medals Exhibition

Exhibition showcasing award winning projects by architectural students from around the world in 2015. The RIBA President’s Medals Student Awards are aimed at promoting excellence in the study of architecture, rewarding talent, and encouraging architectural debate worldwide.

 

Serjeant Award for Excellence in Drawing: Andrew Chard (Oxford Brookes University): ‘The Lost Dockyard’

Serjeant Award for Excellence in Drawing: Andrew Chard (Oxford Brookes University): ‘The Lost Dockyard’

 

First awarded in 1836, they are among the most prestigious and long-lasting awards in architectural education anywhere in the world, preceding the Royal Gold Medal (for living architects) established in 1848. The awards categories include the Bronze Medal for Part 1, the Silver Medal for Part 2 and the Dissertation Medal. (more…)

Winners of the 14th Edition of the ASCER Tile of Spain Awards   

The prizes aim to improve awareness and understanding of ceramic tiles made in Spain amongst architects and interior designers and promote their use by these professionals for an interesting research in the application of ceramic material.

 

“Multipurpose Teaching Hall at the Gavina School” by Carmen Martínez Gregori, Carmel Gradolo Martínez and Arturo Sanz Martínez. Photograph: Mariela Pollonio.

“Multipurpose Teaching Hall at the Gavina School” by Carmen Martínez Gregori, Carmel Gradolo Martínez and Arturo Sanz Martínez. Photograph: Mariela Pollonio

 

The panel of judges for the Tile of Spain Awards for Architecture and Interior Design, chaired by architect Victor López Cotelo, met in Castellón on Friday, 27th November to decide the winners of the fourteenth edition of these Awards, which enjoy a consolidated reputation within the architecture sector. First prize in the architecture category went to the multipurpose sports hall at the Gavina School, the work of Carmen Martínez Gregori, Carmel Gradolo Martínez and Arturo Sanz Martínez, whilst the winning project in the Interior Design category was the Blue Wave Cocktail Bar by El Equipo Creativo. (more…)

BigMat Architecture Award 2015: last call for submissions!

Architects who want to follow the footsteps of Xaveer De Geyter —last edition’s winner— have until next May 15 to submit their works. The BigMat Architecture Award rewards European architecture with over 70.000€, distributed in 1 Grand Prize, 5 National Prizes and 12 runner-up awards.

 

BigMat International Award National Prize Trophy

BigMat International Award Trophies

 

The biennial Prize aims to call attention to the built works that have made a major contribution to contemporary architectural culture in SpainFranceItalyPortugal, 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.).

Remarkably, the origins of this Award date back to 2011, coinciding in time with possibly the worst part of the finantial and economic crisis in Europe. Since then, BigMat Group have been pushing architecture forward through this Award.

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 15th of May. Works will only be considered for this prize if they were built between January 1st, 2011, and January 1st, 2015, and, in the case of Portugal, built between January 1st, 2007, and January 1st, 2015.

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Architecture practice Assemble, shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2015

This is the first time ever for a design studio to be a nominee for this prize. Assemble’s projects focus on urban regeneration and the need for social exchange in unused or neglected areas in the city.

 

Granby Four Streets © Assemble

Granby Four Streets © Assemble

Granby Four Streets © Assemble

 

The four nominees for the Turner Prize 2015 have been announced, among which are Assemble Studio, a London-based collective of architects, artists and designers.  This is the first time ever for a design studio to be shortlisted for  this prestigious prize that rewards an artist’s specific exhibition or work of art of the previous year.

 

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BigMat Architecture Award 2015: less than one week to submit your entry!

Architects who want to follow the footsteps of Xaveer De Geyter —last edition’s winner— have until next May 15 to submit their works. The BigMat Architecture Award rewards European architecture with over 70.000€, distributed in 1 Grand Prize, 5 National Prizes and 12 runner-up awards.

 

BigMat International Award National Prize Trophy

BigMat International Award Trophies

 

The biennial Prize aims to call attention to the built works that have made a major contribution to contemporary architectural culture in SpainFranceItalyPortugal, 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.).

Remarkably, the origins of this Award date back to 2011, coinciding in time with possibly the worst part of the finantial and economic crisis in Europe. Since then, BigMat Group have been pushing architecture forward through this Award.

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 15th of May. Works will only be considered for this prize if they were built between January 1st, 2011, and January 1st, 2015, and, in the case of Portugal, built between January 1st, 2007, and January 1st, 2015.

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Deadline extended for the BigMat ’15 International Architecture Award

The deadline for entries to the BigMat Architecture Award has been extended to the 15th of May. Applicants to compete among the best architecture built in Europe can still register for free online.

 

BigMat International Award National Prize Trophy

BigMat International Award National Prize Trophy

 

The BigMat Architecture Award rewards European architecture with over 70.000€, distributed in 1 Grand Prize, 5 National Prizes and 12 runner-up awards. Last year’s winner was Xaveer De Geyter, XDGA, with Elishout Kitchen Tower Campus (COOVI), Brussels.

The biennial Prize aims to call attention to the built works that have made a major contribution to contemporary architectural culture in SpainFranceItalyPortugal, 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.).

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 15th of May. Works will only be considered for this prize if they were built between January 1st, 2011, and January 1st, 2015, and, in the case of Portugal, built between January 1st, 2007, and January 1st, 2015.

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