In its 39th edition, the Pritzker Architecture Prize, known internationally as architecture’s highest honor, has recognised the work of three Catalan arquitects: Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta.
Tom Pritzker, Chairman of Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the award, stated that “The jury has selected three architects who have been working collaboratively for nearly three decades. (...) 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.”
For the first time, the Pritzker Prize has been awarded to each of the three architects, instead of to RCR, their firm founded in 1988 in Olot, their hometown in the Catalonian region of Girona, Spain. The locally-based architects evoke universal identity through their creative and extensive use of modern materials including recycled steel and plastic. Their works range from public and private spaces to cultural venues and educational institutions
Notable projects include La Cuisine Art Center (Nègrepelisse, France, 2014), Soulages Museum in collaboration with G. Trégouët (Rodez, France, 2014), La Lira Theater Public Open Space in collaboration with J. Puigcorbé (Ripoll, Girona, Spain, 2011), Les Cols restaurant marquee (Olot, Girona, Spain, 2011), El Petit Comte Kindergarten in collaboration with J. Puigcorbé (Besalú, Girona, Spain, 2010) and Bell-Lloc Winery (Palamós, Girona, Spain, 2007).
It is the second time that laureates hail from Spain, following Rafael Moneo who received the award in 1996. This year, the Pritzker Prize ceremony will take place on May 20, 2017 at the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, Japan.
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