BigMat 17 International Architecture Award winners

Paris, Florence, Venice, Italy, Herstal, Belgium,


FRAC in Dunkerque by French studio Lacaton & Vassal has won the BigMat’17 International Architecture Award Grand Prize. Six national and category prizes were also presented, as well as an honorific mention for young architects and a public prize.

BigMat 17 International Architecture Award winners

The third BigMat International Architecture Award, an event organised by the group of companies of the same name for architects residing in seven countries, Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Spain, and, for the first time, Slovakia, closed on November 24 in Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio. The most important prize, the BigMat’17 International Architecture Award Grand Prize, was awarded to the project by Lacaton & Vassal of France: renovation and expansion of FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais in Dunkerque, recently renamed FRAC Grand Large — Hauts-de-France.

The panel of judges, chaired by architect Jesús Aparicio and composed of architects Francesco Isidori – LABICS (Italy), Xaveer de Geyter (Belgium), Marc Barani (France), Henrieta Moravčíková (Czech Republic and Slovakia) and Paulo David (Portugal and Spain) representing the various participating countries, also awarded six national and category prizes and an honorific mention for young architects.

The winners of the national awards are:
Belgium: A Building – Square in Herstal, Multiple Architecture & Urbanisme
Czech Republic: Prototype home in Posazavi, A69 – Architekty
Italy: Law Court Offices in Venice, C+S Architects
Portugal: Abade Pedrosa Municipal Museum in Santo Tirso, Alvaro Siza Vieira + Eduardo Souto De Moura.
Slovakia: Pedestrian bridge in Zegiestow, Zerozero,
Spain: Museum of the Royal Collections in Madrid, Mansilla + Tuñón Arquitectos

Category awards:
Public condenser – Paris - Saclay (France), Muoto
86 residential units in Lyon (France), Éric Lapierre Experience
Arquipélago – Contemporary art centre in Ribeira Grande, (Portugal), João Mendes Ribeiro Arquitecto Lda + Menos É Mais
Home in Alfama (Portugal), Pedro Matos Gameiro
Factory of Electrical Assembly in Don Benito (Spain), José María Sánchez García
Consolidation and adaptation of the former convent of Santa María de Los Reyes and gardens (Spain), MGM, Morales De Giles Arquitectos S.L.P.

The Special Mention for Young Architects was awarded to H3T Architekti for the Black Flying House project in Bohemia (Czech Republic) and – a new feature in this third edition of the contest – a Public Prize was awarded to the Quinta da Tilia project (Portugal) by architect Pedro Mauricio Borges.

(Agnese Bifulco)

Images courtesy of BigMat International Architecture Award