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The 2017 Laureates: Spanish Architectes Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta Receive the 2017 Pritzker Architecture Prize

Rafael Aranda

Carme Pigem

Ramón Vilalta


“Landscape and architecture are united to create buildings that are intimately connected to place and time.”


The Pritzker Architecture Prize was founded in 1979 by the late Jay A.Pritzker and his wife, Cindy. It is considered as the “Nobel Prize of Architecure”.

Photo: Hisao Suzuki

The three architects 2017 laureates, R. Aranda, C. Pigem and R. Vilalta, originating from Olot in the Catalonian region of Spain, have worked together collaboratively since founding their firm RCR Arquitectes in their hometown in 1988. The three architects evoke universal identity through their creative and extensive use of modern materials including recycled steel and plastic.“They’ve demonstrated that unity of a material can lend such incredible strength and simplicity to a building,” says Glenn Murcutt, Jury Chair.


An early 20th century foundry has become the RCR office, Barberí Laboratory (2007), in Olot.

Photo: Pep Sau

Their collaboration 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.

Bell–Lloc Winery 2007 Palamós, Girona, Spain

From the forest, the valley extends towards the sea. The vineyards cover the cellar and the folded roof protects the laboratory and the walkways.

Photos: Hisao Suzuki

Row House 2012 Olot, Girona, Spain

A new house was inserted into the space between two walls when an old house was removed. The house is conceived as a single space with “floating” platforms at different levels to create the interior living spaces.

Photos: Hisao Suzuki

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

Using just one material, Cor-Ten steel, the building and landscape merge together and will slowly change over time.

Photo: Hisao Suzuki
Watercolor courtesy of RCR Arquitectes.
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