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Torres and Martínez Lapeña win the National Architecture Award 2016


The Ministry of Development has announced the names of the prize winners in the National Architecture Awards for the year 2016. They are the architects Elías Torres Tur and José Antonio Martínez Lapeña, who the jury considered worthy of the prize for being “the authors of an extensive work in a wide-ranging joint career that will soon reach the 50-year mark of uninterrupted collaboration”. The jury, chaired by Rafael Moneo and comprising architects and specialists such as Juan Navarro Baldeweg, Beatriz Corominas or Juan Bordes, stated that “among their works of open and risk-taking architecture is the construction and renovation of some of the most significant public spaces in the Spanish architecture of recent years. They always use a fresh language that combines civic commitment with an attitude that respects the landscape and the historic city, constituting an example of constant innovation and search”.

The Barcelona-based practice of Jose Antonio Martínez Lapeña and Elías Torres has built widely recognised works such as the Kumamoto Art Museum (1992), the staircase of La Granja in Toledo (2000), the photovoltaic pergola of Barcelona’s Universal Forum of Cultures (2004) or the Hiberus Hotel in Zaragoza (2008). Among their urban projects are the gardens of Vil·la Cecília in Barcelona (1986), the renovation of Seville’s Alameda de Hércules (2008) or the Palma de Mallorca city walls promenade (1991-2017). Also outstanding is their facet of carrying out cultural heritage restorations, with interventions such as those undertaken on the monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes (1990), Bellver Castle (1993) or Casa Vicens in Barcelona (2017). Martínez Lapeña and Torres Tur, who have also carried out interior design and furniture design projects, have won numerous recognitions in their long career, to which we must now add the National Architecture Award that highlights the contribution that this practice has made to recent Spanish architecture.


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