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…)