Pritzker Architecture Prize Goes to 3 Catalonian Architects

It’s the first time that 3 architects together are honored with the awardThe ceremony has taken place at the Akasaka Palace (Tokyo).

The jury has selected three architects who have been working collaboratively for nearly three decades: Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta. They have had an impact on the discipline far beyond their immediate area. Their works range from public and private spaces to cultural venues and educational institutions. Their ability to intensely relate the environment specific to each site is a testament to their process and deep integrity.

Barberí Laboratory 2008 Olot, Girona, Spain. Photo by Hisao Suzuki

They were applauded by the jury for a job where “landscape and architecture are united to create buildings that are intimately connected to place and time.” It is the second time that laureates goes to Spanish Architects, following Rafael Moneo, who received the award in 1996.

Barberí Laboratory 2008 Olot, Girona, Spain.  Photo by Pep Sau

“The collaboration of these three architects produces uncompromising architecture of a poetic level, representing timeless work that reflects great respect for the past, while projecting clarity that is of the present and the future.” (Jury citations) “They’ve demonstrated that unity of a material can lend such incredible strength and simplicity to a building,” says Glenn Murcutt, Jury Chair.

Row House 2012 Olot, Girona, Spain. Photo by Hisao Suzuki
Row House 2012 Olot, Girona, Spain. Photo by Hisao Suzuki

The 3 architects founded RCR BUNKA Foundation, based in Olot (Catalonia, Spain) with the aim to support architecture, arts, culture and landscape. Their work can be seen throughout Catalonia, Spain and Europe.

La Cuisine Art Center 2014 Nègrepelisse, France. Photo by Hisao Suzuki

In announcing the winners, the jury said: “We live in a globalized world where we must rely on international influences, trade, discussion, transactions, etc. But more and more people fear that because of this international influence… we will lose our local values, our local art, and our local customs… Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta tell us that it may be possible to have both.”

Les Cols Restaurant Marquee 2011 Olot, Girona, Spain. Photo by Hisao Suzuki
Soulages Museum, 2014, Rodez, France In collaboration with G. Trégouët. Photo by Hisao Suzuki
El Petit Comte Kindergarten, 2010, Besalú, Girona, Spain In collaboration with J. Puigcorbé. Photo by Hisao Suzuki

“Their intensely collaborative way of working together, where the creative process, commitment to vision and all responsibilities are shared equally, led to the selection of the three individuals for this year’s award”. (Jury Citations)

Soulages Museum, 2014, Rodez, France In collaboration with G. Trégouët. Photo by Hisao Suzuki
Bell–Lloc Winery, 2007, Palamós, Girona, Spain. Photo by Hisao Suzuki
Tossols-Basil Athletics Track 2000 Olot, Girona, Spain. Photo by Hisao Suzuki

“It is a great joy and a great responsibility. We are thrilled that this year three professionals, who work closely together in everything we do, are recognized.” Carmen Pigem.

Mr. Aranda, Ms. Pigem and Mr. Vilalta RCR Arquitectes.
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