The studio, which was founded in 1988 by Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta, has put a concept together which is focused on their passion for architecture and collective understanding. The ‘world of the shared creativity’, as they themselves call it, is based on the studio itself and two other parts that make up this ecosystem. Firstly, the RCR Laboratorio Barberí (Lab·A), is a place that is aimed at creative research and mainstreaming which in addition, organises workshops and offers an open programme of conferences and exhibitions. Secondly, the RCR Bunka, established as an informational institution which contains the firm’s projects, as well as numerous riches, among which one can find some drafts, models and other references of interest.
In addition to this award given by the PORCELANOSA Grupo, the studio has picked up other famous awards, such as: the Pritzker Architecture Award (2017) or la Médaille d’Or de l’Académie d’Architecture Française (2015), el Officier y Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la République Française (2014 y 2008), son International Fellows by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA, 2012), Honorary Fellows by the American Institute of Architecture (HFAIA, 2010), among others.
Creating icons focused on culture and society
Among the magnificent work by the studio, one can find public buildings aimed at culture, education, sports centres, parks and private projects where, the work focused on the hotel industry or residentials play a leading role.
One of its latest projects, is “The Krook”, Gante university’s media library in Belgium. This multifunctional building on the shores of the Muinkschelde river shows a cutting-edge aesthetics which stands out because of its amazing overlapped overhangs. A public building aimed at culture where the inside boasts: a research centre, a municipal library, a multipurpose auditorium and a reading area.
The 11th PORCELANOSA Grupo Awards ceremony
The PORCELANOSA Grupo’s objective with its Architecture and Interior Design Awards’ organisation is to acknowledge the work of the professionals in the sector, along with future talent.
RCR Arquitectes will attend the event as the guests of honour in the 2018 edition, which will take place in a magnificent venue: the prestigious Villa Magna Hotel in Madrid. Several international personalities from the architecture and interior design world will also attend the event, such as the jury members from this edition: Luis Vidal, Rebecca Jones, Ricardo Mateu, Pierre-Yves Rochon and Rafael Robledo.