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RCR Arquitectes

Founded by Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta in 1988, RCR Arquitectes is based in Olot in Catalonia, Spain. Known for a grounded style that is rooted in and inspired by its local conditions, they were the laureates of the 2017 Pritzker Prize.

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Muraba Residences / RCR Arquitectes

11:00 - 20 June, 2017
© Airey Spaces
© Airey Spaces

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Jumeirah - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
  • Area

    10954.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

RCR Arquitectes' Pritzker Prize Acceptance Speech

09:30 - 23 May, 2017
RCR Arquitectes' Pritzker Prize Acceptance Speech, Ramon Vilalta, Carme Pigem and Rafael Aranda at the 2017 Pritzker Prize Ceremony. Image © The Hyatt Foundation / Pritzker Architecture Prize
Ramon Vilalta, Carme Pigem and Rafael Aranda at the 2017 Pritzker Prize Ceremony. Image © The Hyatt Foundation / Pritzker Architecture Prize

On Saturday, Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta of RCR Arquitectes accepted the 2017 Pritzker Prize at a ceremony in the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo. ArchDaily is pleased to share, with the permission of The Hyatt Foundation and The Pritzker Architecture Prize, a transcript of the winners' acceptance speech, delivered by Carme Pigem on behalf of the trio.

Your majesties, the Emperor and Empress of Japan; Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso; your excellencies ambassadors and ministers; Tom and Margot Pritzker and members of the Pritzker family; ladies and gentlemen.

Emotions, happiness, pride, humility, respect, responsibility, admiration for those who have gone before us and for those who will receive this award in the future: there is an infinite mixture of many overlapping feelings that we are experiencing now, but the strongest sensation is one of gratitude: To the Pritzker Family, who for years have been generously supporting and bringing attention to architecture, and we ask that they continue to do this.

RCR Arquitectes to Design Catalan Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale

11:01 - 12 May, 2017
RCR Arquitectes to Design Catalan Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale, Rafael Aranda (left), Carme Pigem and Ramón Vilalta, founders of RCR Arquitectes and 2017 Pritzker Prize winners. Image © Javier Lorenzo Domínguez
Rafael Aranda (left), Carme Pigem and Ramón Vilalta, founders of RCR Arquitectes and 2017 Pritzker Prize winners. Image © Javier Lorenzo Domínguez

The winners of the 2017 Pritzker Prize, RCR Arquitectes, has been selected to lead the proposal and design of the Catalan pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale. The news was announced yesterday by Santi Vila, Minister of Culture of the Generalitat of Catalonia, during the opening of this year’s Venice Biennale of Art.

Get to Know the Work of 2017 Pritzker Prize Winners RCR Arquitectes Through These Videos

09:30 - 11 March, 2017

The work of the Catalan firm RCR Arquitectes was, until its founders won the 2017 Pritzker Prize this month, little-known worldwide, with appreciation of their projects largely restricted to the few European locations in which they have built and a number of well-informed academic circles. Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta founded their office in the small town of Olot almost 30 years ago, and most of their work for the past three decades have been built in the surrounding regions of Catalonia. As the Pritzker jury has pointed out, one of their greatest qualities is their ability to show how architects can have "our roots firmly in place and our arms outstretched to the rest of the world." Through the videos presented in this article, it is possible to understand a little more about the work of the office, and more specifically, to appreciate the atmosphere of its built works.

A+U 542 15:11 RCR Arquitectes - Journey

08:30 - 8 March, 2017
A+U 542 15:11 RCR Arquitectes - Journey

Description via Amazon. According to the essay by Enric Batlle i Durany, the landscape plays a very active role in all of RCRs works. The location is not just an additional aspect in their conception process. It is the physical and metaphysical basis of their work. In this marvellous special issue, full of extraordinary images and stories, a portrait emerges of architects Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, and Ramón Vilalta that is both intimate and enlightening. It tells about their early years, how they learned from Japan, and gives an overview of recent work. Included are numerous drawings, ink washes, exfoliations, and models made by the office, reflecting both their shared creativity and ongoing dialogues.

Critical Round-Up: The 2017 Pritzker Prize

11:00 - 4 March, 2017
Courtesy of Pritzker Prize. Image © Hisao Suzuki
Courtesy of Pritzker Prize. Image © Hisao Suzuki

The 2017 Pritzker Prize was a surprise to many, awarded to the three founders of RCR Arquitectes, a modest Spanish firm located in the small town of Olot in Catalonia. Many people and critics shared their astonishment at the prize being awarded to three individuals for the first time since the Pritzker Prize began in 1979, including the third female winner, and at the relatively low profile of RCR Arquitectes before March 1st.

Whether this surprise was pleasant or shocking differs from critic to critic, but there nevertheless seems to be a consensus on the jury’s decision to venture further into politics and away from their traditional interest in celebrity architects. As clearly stated in the jury’s citation: “In this day and age, there is an important question that people all over the world are asking, and it is not just about architecture; it is about law, politics, and government as well.” Are they steering the prize in the right, or wrong, direction?

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RCR Arquitectes' Sant Antoni - Joan Oliver Library, Photographed by Pedro Kok

14:00 - 3 March, 2017
RCR Arquitectes' Sant Antoni - Joan Oliver Library, Photographed by Pedro Kok, Sant Antoni - Joan Oliver Library / RCR Arquitectes. Image © Pedro Kok
Sant Antoni - Joan Oliver Library / RCR Arquitectes. Image © Pedro Kok

Following the announcement on Wednesday of the winners of the 2017 Pritzker Prize, which was awarded to architects Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta of RCR Arquitectes, architectural photographer Pedro Kok has shared with us a series of photographs of the Sant Antoni - Joan Oliver Library, located in Barcelona, Spain.

As with many of the Catalan trio's work, the library stands out for its materiality and careful construction, making intense use of transparency and light.

Sant Antoni - Joan Oliver Library / RCR Arquitectes. Image © Pedro Kok Sant Antoni - Joan Oliver Library / RCR Arquitectes. Image © Pedro Kok Sant Antoni - Joan Oliver Library / RCR Arquitectes. Image © Pedro Kok Sant Antoni - Joan Oliver Library / RCR Arquitectes. Image © Pedro Kok +10

Rural House / RCR Arquitectes

04:00 - 2 March, 2017
Rural House  / RCR Arquitectes, Courtesy of RCR Arquitectes
Courtesy of RCR Arquitectes

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  • Architects

  • Location

    La Vall de Bianya, Province of Girona, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, Ramón Vilalta.
  • Project Year

    2007

2017 Pritzker Prize Winners RCR Arquitectes' Work in 20 Images

16:30 - 1 March, 2017
Courtesy of Pritzker Prize. Image © Hisao Suzuki
Courtesy of Pritzker Prize. Image © Hisao Suzuki

Today, Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta were named the laureates of the 2017 Pritzker Prize, becoming the first trio of architects to be bestowed the profession’s highest accolade. Working together since 1988 as RCR Arquitectes, the team has tackled a wide range of project types, from libraries to wineries to park designs – many of which are located in their home region of Catalonia, Spain. Continue to see 20 images from their work that exemplify the firm’s outstanding attention to detail and considered use of materiality.

Tossols Basil Athletics Stadium / RCR Arquitectes

10:55 - 1 March, 2017
Tossols Basil Athletics Stadium / RCR Arquitectes, © Simon Garcia
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Who Are RCR Arquitectes? 9 Things to Know About the New Pritzker Prize Winners

10:00 - 1 March, 2017
Who Are RCR Arquitectes? 9 Things to Know About the New Pritzker Prize Winners, Soulages Museum (2014). Image © Hisao Suzuki courtesy of the Pritzker Prize
Soulages Museum (2014). Image © Hisao Suzuki courtesy of the Pritzker Prize

Today, the Pritzker announced Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta, the three founders of Catalan firm RCR Arquitectes, as the recipients of the 2017 Pritzker Prize. As designers of an architecture that is both stylistically and physically local—RCR Arquitectes’ work is mostly found in Catalonia, although recent projects have taken them to France and Belgium—the firm has established a strong profile in north-eastern Spain and a cult following among academic circles around the world. However, other members of the architectural community might find themselves forced to reach for the nearest search engine. For those people, the following 9 facts will provide the information you need to understand architecture’s newest Pritzker Prize laureates.

La Lira Theater Public Open Space (2011). Image © Hisao Suzuki courtesy of the Pritzker Prize Soulages Museum (2014). Image © Hisao Suzuki courtesy of the Pritzker Prize Bell–Lloc Winery (2007). Image © Hisao Suzuki courtesy of the Pritzker Prize Barberí Laboratory (2008). Image © Hisao Suzuki courtesy of the Pritzker Prize +11

Ramon Vilalta of RCR Arquitectes Speaks of Pritzker Win and Post-Prize Ambitions

10:00 - 1 March, 2017
Ramon Vilalta of RCR Arquitectes Speaks of Pritzker Win and Post-Prize Ambitions, Barberí Laboratory (2008). Olot, Girona, Spain. © Hisao Suzuki. Image Courtesy of Pritzker Architecture Prize
Barberí Laboratory (2008). Olot, Girona, Spain. © Hisao Suzuki. Image Courtesy of Pritzker Architecture Prize

Two days ago ArchDaily had the distinct honor to interview Ramon Vilalta, one of the three architects named as 2017 Pritzker Laureates. Vilalta gave us an exclusive insight into history behind his collaboration with Rafael Aranda and Carme Pigem and how their connection to their small hometown of Olot, Spain has influenced a career that has produced exceptional projects by their firm, RCR Arquitectes.

ArchDaily: How did your studio/practice begin? Why did you start quickly after graduating?

Ramon Vilalta: In that sense we were very disciplined people. We finished our degrees quickly and once we were finished we decided to share a studio; we chose to confront architecture by sharing it, and by really sharing it. We each have different personalities – each one has his or her own style but what comes from the chemistry between the three of us makes us special, I think. This was, I feel, a big decision that wasn’t easy at the time.

Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta Named 2017 Pritzker Prize Laureates

10:00 - 1 March, 2017
Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta Named 2017 Pritzker Prize Laureates

Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta have been named as the laureates of the 2017 Pritzker Prize. Their projects emphasize materiality and craft – considered use of color, transparency (and thereby light) define an oeuvre which ranges from public buildings to houses, a kindergarten and a winery.

The three architects—all of whom are Spanish Catalan and originate from Olot, Girona (where they are all presently based)—have worked collaboratively together as RCR Arquitectes since 1988; they simultaneously graduated in Architecture from ETSAV, the School of Architecture in Valles (Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura del Vallès) a year prior. This 39th incarnation of the Prize represents the first instance in which three architects have been recognized at once, and only the second time—following Rafael Moneo in 1996—that Spanish practitioners have been honored.

'Els Colors' Kindergarten / RCR Arquitectes

02:00 - 12 December, 2016
Courtesy of RCR Arquitectes
Courtesy of RCR Arquitectes

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  • Architects

  • Location

    08560 Manlleu, Barcelona, Spain
  • Project Area

    927.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2004
  • Photography

    Courtesy of RCR Arquitectes

Sant Antoni - Joan Oliver Library / RCR Arquitectes

11:00 - 13 September, 2016
Sant Antoni - Joan Oliver Library / RCR Arquitectes, © Eugeni Pons
© Eugeni Pons

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer Comte Borrell, 44, 08015 Barcelona, Spain
  • Project Architects

    RCR Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, Ramón Vilalta Arquitectes
  • Project Area

    4171.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photography

    Eugeni Pons

Piedra Tosca Park / RCR Arquitectes

03:00 - 7 April, 2016
Piedra Tosca Park / RCR Arquitectes, Courtesy of RCR Arquitectes
Courtesy of RCR Arquitectes

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Les Preses, Girona, Spain
  • Collaborators

    M.Tàpies, G.Puigvert, Blázquez-Guanter Arquitectes, P.Llimona
  • Constructor

    Arico Forest, SL, Construccions Metàl·liques Olot SL
  • Project Year

    2004

RCR Arquitectes Exhibition at Oris House of Architecture

09:00 - 18 November, 2015
RCR Arquitectes Exhibition at Oris House of Architecture, Opening of the exhibition at Oris House of Architecture / photo Borko Vukosav
Opening of the exhibition at Oris House of Architecture / photo Borko Vukosav

Oris House of Architecture gallery in Zagreb, Croatia has been a place of many relevant architectural events since its openning – exhibitions such as Poetry of Boxes by Mathias Klotz, Kohki Hiranuma, Smiljan Radić, BUS:STOP Krumbach and Getting Things Done: Evolution of the Built Environment in Vorarlberg.

Its recent exhibition is that of Catalan studio RCR Arquitectes' works through photographs by the likes of Hisao Suzuki, Pep Sau, Emilia Roia and Marc Checinski.

Bell-lloc Winery / RCR Arquitectes

00:00 - 13 August, 2014
Bell-lloc Winery / RCR Arquitectes, © Eugeni Pons
© Eugeni Pons

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Palamós, Girona, Spain
  • Project Architects

    RCR Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, Ramón Vilalta Arquitectes
  • Project Area

    981.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photography

    Eugeni Pons