Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta, three architects, originating from Olot – in the Catalonian region of Spain – have been selected as the 2017 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureates.
They founded 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 .The locally-based architects evoke universal identity through their creative and extensive use of modern materials including recycled steel and plastic.
”The jury has selected three architects who have been working collaboratively for nearly three decades . Mr. Aranda, Ms . Pigem and Mr. Vilalta 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, and their ability to intensely relate the environment specific to each site is a testament to their process and deep integrity.” – Mr. Pritzker
“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.” – Glenn Murcutt, Jury Chair
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)
Bell-Lloc Winery (Palamós, Girona, Spain, 2007)
Sant Antoni – Joan Oliver Library (Barcelona, Spain, 2007)
Tossol-Basil Athletics Track (Olot, Girona, Spain, 2000)