Collaborative Architectural Visionaries

Barberí Laboratory 2008 Olot, Girona, Spain

Barberí Laboratory 2008 Olot, Girona, Spain

As you may know, I am an avid follower of all-things-architectural. While I may not want to live in some of the structures I see, I am dazzled by the architects’ creativity, vision, and imagination. One of the highlights of the architectural year is the naming of the winners (Laureates) of The Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Modeled after the Nobel Prize, the Pritzker was established in 1979 by the Pritzker family of Chicago through their Hyatt Foundation “To honor a living architect or architects whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision, and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.” Any licensed architect may submit a nomination for the annual prize.

The 2017 Laureates were announced today. Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta work collaboratively in Olot, Spain, where they established their firm, RCR Arquitectes, in 1988. This is the first time three architects have been honored.

Calling their work “deliberate and thoughtful” “emotional and experiential architecture,” the prize cites their “timeless work that reflects great respect for the past, while projecting clarity that is of the present and the future.”

Here are just  few examples of their work (photos by Hisao Suzuki):

Bell-Lloc Winery, 2007, Palamós, Girona, Spain

Bell-Lloc Winery, 2007, Palamós, Girona, Spain

El Petit Comte Kindergarten (exterior), 2010, Besalú, Girona, Spain In collaboration with J. Puigcorbé

El Petit Comte Kindergarten (exterior), 2010, Besalú, Girona, Spain In collaboration with J. Puigcorbé

 

 

 

 

 

 

El Petit Comte Kindergarten (interior)

El Petit Comte Kindergarten (interior)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Row House 2012 Olot, Girona, Spain

Row House 2012 Olot, Girona, Spain

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soulages Museum, 2014, Rodez, France In collaboration with G. Trégouët

Soulages Museum, 2014, Rodez, France In collaboration with G. Trégouët

 

 

 

 

 

I look forward to watching the work of this ambitious trio. To learn more about their work, you can view a series of short videos on the Pritzker site.