The Llacuna project, an apartment building located on an irregular corner of the Poblenou neighborhood, the work of Jonathan Arnabat, Jordi Ayala-Bril, Aitor Fuentes, Igor Urdampilleta and Albert Guerra (Arquitectura-G), has been awarded this Tuesday with the FAD of Architecture for "drawing the city in a simple and silent way, responding to a very important issue: living", according to the minutes of the jury, which in its new edition, held in a ceremony at the Disseny Hub, wanted to reaffirm its commitment to sustainable architecture giving visibility to those works that "respond to current needs and address contemporary issues", as well as those that "seek to provide solutions to environmental and social challenges through useful and beautiful approaches". In the Interior Design category, the FAD went to Ophélie Herranz Lespagnol and Paul Galindo Pastre (NOMOS) for the adaptation of an old mechanical garage located in Madrid into a habitable home.
Arquitectura-G was a double finalist with a house between party walls on Costa Street. Finally, it has been the Llacuna project that has made them champions of the award. It is a multi-family building with five homes and two commercial premises, and its central core is a cylinder through which runs a sinuous spiral staircase that allows light and ventilation to enter all its floors and "excellently solves the difficult topic of the corner plot”, according to the jury, which this year has been chaired by Inês Lobo as president, and in which Paloma Cañizares, Josep Puigdomènech, Pep Quilez, Maria Rubert de Ventós and Jorge Vidal have also participated as members. .
Regarding the retrofitting of the NOMOS studio garage into a house that maintains the forms of the previous one but is perfectly habitable, the jury considers that the authors have been able to "give an answer to the change in use of architectural quality with a tight budget, achieving a high-quality space to achieve comfort and versatility in all spaces”. “It is not a loft garage -he adds-, it is a space with a complex program for a family home”.
In the category of City and Landscape, the projects Bon dia, Carme! by Eduard Callís Freixas and Guillem Moliner Milhau, for the reactivation of Plaça del Carme in Olot, and the Library and Archive of the Municipality of Grândola (Portugal), by Pedro Matos Gameiro and Pedro Domingos. In both projects, the jury highlights their ability to "create fabric" and transform the city, generating participatory spaces.
And in the field of ephemeral interventions, they won the Miquel Mariné i Pol Esteve (GOIG) award for the Agrilogistica installation, which turned the exhibition space of La Capella on Hospital Street into a plastic greenhouse where the film of the same was projected title made by the artist and filmmaker Gerard Ortín.
Already in the international arena, the FAD returns ex aequo to two very different projects: the new Munch Museum in Oslo, by Juan Herreros and Jens Richter, and Air/Aira/Aire, an immersive experience by the architect Olga Subirós for the Catalan pavilion at the Venice Biennale, to which he invited the architecture studio 300,000 Km/s and featured a sound installation by John Talabot performed by Maria Arnal. An alert about the low quality of the air we breathe that some international media highlighted among the best of the Biennale. In the case of the Norwegian museum, the jury chaired by Carme Pinós, with Pere Buil and Diane Gray as members, wanted to assess "the persistence in the face of all kinds of vicissitudes to carry out a work of this complexity abroad, from the difficulty of physical and cultural distance. The culmination of the building was a ten-year undertaking filled with setbacks.
Regarding the Subirós proposal, the jury highlights "the critical spirit of the pavilion with the environmental conditions of the present, a necessary contribution in an environment of reflection such as the Venice Biennale, beyond the function of celebration of architecture”.
The FAD of Thought and Criticism was also distributed, whose jury, chaired by Marta Llorente, highlighted the books El Escorial: Imperio y Stomach, by David Bestué, a work that "brings together literary and plastic values" and whose arguments come from the precision of the data, and Provincial Capital , by Carlos Romero Rey, an essay focused on getting to know the city of Cáceres, largely “marginalized from public memory”.