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2017 Pritzker Architecture Prize

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Pritzker Architecture Prize

Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta Receive the 2017 Pritzker Architecture Prize
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La Cuisine Art Center 2014 Nègrepelisse, France
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El Petit Comte Kindergarten, 2010, Besalú, Girona, Spain In collaboration with J. Puigcorbé
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Soulages Museum, 2014, Rodez, France In collaboration with G. Trégouët
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Les Cols Restaurant Marquee 2011 Olot, Girona, Spain
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Row House 2012 Olot, Girona, Spain
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Bell–Lloc Winery, 2007, Palamós, Girona, Spain
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Barberí Laboratory 2008 Olot, Girona, Spain
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Sant Antoni – Joan Oliver Library, Senior Citizens Center and Cándida Pérez Gardens, 2007, Barcelona, Spain
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La Lira Theater Public Open Space, 2011, Ripoll, Girona, Spain In collaboration with J. Puigcorbé
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Tossols-Basil Athletics Track 2000 Olot, Girona, Spain
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Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta have been selected as the 2017 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureates, announced Tom Pritzker, Chairman of Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the award that is known internationally as architecture’s highest honor.

The three architects, originating from Olot, in the Catalonian region of Spain, have worked together collaboratively since founding 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 .

Mr . Aranda, Ms . Pigem and Mr . Vilalta represent the first time that three architects together are honored with the prize . 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 . As the winners of the 39th edition of the Prize, it is the
second time that laureates hail from Spain, following Rafael Moneo who received the award in 1996 .

The locally-based architects evoke universal identity through their creative and extensive use of modern materials including recycled steel and plastic.

This year, the Pritzker Prize ceremony will take place at the State Guest House, Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, Japan, on May 20, 2017 .

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