PREVIOUS EDITIONS

The Architecture Award originated in Spain back in 2005 and following three back-to-back national editions it extended its scope to become an international event attracting overwhelming levels of interest. The first edition of the BigMat International Architecture Award took place in 2013 and the grand prize went to Belgian architect Xaveer de Geyter at the awards ceremony held in Granada, Spain, in November 2013. Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza was proclaimed the winner of the second edition of the event held in Berlin in November 2015. In the third edition of the event held in 2017, French architecture studio Lacaton & Vassal was named the winner at a ceremony held in Florence. At the last edition of the awards in 2019, Portuguese architect Souto de Moura was declared winner at the Palais de la Bourse in Bordeaux. The latest edition in 2021 seeks to reward excellent architectural projects in the seven countries where the brand operates.

Out of a total more of six hundred projects presented across the seven European countries taking part (Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovakia, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain), the panel of judges chaired by Jesús Aparicio and comprising Stéphane Beel (Belgium), Petr Pelčák (Czech Republic + Slovakia), Philippe Prost (France), Paolo Zermani (Italy), Fuensanta Nieto (Portugal + Spain) and awards secretary Jesús Donaire, singled out the following projects:

INTERNATIONAL GRAND PRIZE BMIAA’19 (30,000 euros)

Power Plant for the “Foz Tua” Dam

Foz do Tua, Portugal

Souto Moura Arquitectos S.A.

NATIONAL PRIZE BELGIUM BMIAA’19 (5,000 euros)

Refuge II: Temporary House

Nevele, Belgium

Wim Goes Architectuur BVBA

NATIONAL PRIZE CZECH REPUBLIC BMIAA’19 (5,000 euros)
Kindergarten Nová Ruda
Liberec, Czech Republic
Petr Stolín Architekt s.r.o.

NATIONAL PRIZE FRANCE BMIAA’19 (5,000 euros)
The Chris Marker Student Residence
Paris, France
Éric Lapierre Experience

NATIONAL PRIZE ITALY BMIAA’19 (5,000 euros)
Belvedere per una persona
Roma, Italy
Amanzio Farris Architetto

NATIONAL PRIZE SLOVAKIA BMIAA’19 (5,000 euros)
Adaptation of the former factory Mlynica
Bratislava, Slovakia
gutgut, s.r.o

NATIONAL PRIZE SPAIN BMIAA’19 (5,000 euros)
IMPLUVIUM_Community Center in Reinosa
Reinosa, Spain
RAW/deAbajoGarcia

SPECIAL MENTION FOR YOUNG ARCHITECTS BMIAA’19 (1,500 euros)
Balenmagazijn Gent
Gent, Belgie
TRANS architectuur stedenbouw

Out of a total of almost nine hundred projects presented across the seven European countries taking part (Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovakia, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain), the panel of judges chaired by Jesús Aparicio and comprising Xaveer De Geyter (Belgium), Henrieta Moravcikova (Czech Republic + Slovakia), Marc Barani (France), Francesco Isidori (Italy), Paulo David (Portugal + Spain) and awards secretary Jesús Donaire, singled out the following projects:

BIGMAT ’17 INTERNATIONAL GRAND PRIZE (30,000 euros)

FRAC (Regional Contemporary Artwork Collection) of the North Region

Dunkerque, France

Lacaton & Vassal

BIGMAT ’17 NATIONAL PRIZE BELGIUM(5,000 euros)

A Building-Square

Herstal, Belgium

Multiple Architecture & Urbanisme

BIGMAT ’17 NATIONAL PRIZE CZECH REPUBLIC (5,000 euros)
The Prototype of a House in Posazavi
Posazavi, Czech Republic
A69 – Architekty

BIGMAT ’17 NATIONAL PRIZE ITALY (5,000 euros)
Law Court Offices in Venice
Venezia, Italy
C+S Architects

PRÉMIO NACIONAL BIGMAT ’17 PORTUGAL(5,000 euros)
Abade Pedrosa Municipal Museum
Santo Tirso, Portugal
Alvaro Siza Vieira + Eduardo Souto de Moura

BIGMAT ’17 NATIONAL PRIZE SLOVAKIA
Footbridge Sulin
Sulin, Slovakia
ZeroZero

BIGMAT ’17 NATIONAL PRIZE SPAIN (5,000 euros)
Royal Collections Museum
Madrid, Spain
Mansilla + Tuñón Architects

Out of a total of almost eight hundred projects presented across the six European countries taking part (Belgium, Spain, France, Italy, the Czech Republic and Portugal), the panel of judges chaired by Jesús Aparicio and comprising Olivier Bastin (Belgium), Martin Rajnis (Czech Republic), Henry Ciriani (France), Francesco Dal Co (Italy), Manuel Aires Mateus (Portugal), Antonio Ortiz (Spain) and awards secretary Jesús Donaire, singled out the following projects:

BIGMAT ’13 INTERNATIONAL GRAND PRIZE FOR ARCHITECTURE (30,000 euros)

Office Building

Zamora, Spain

Estudio de Arquitectura Campo Baeza

BIGMAT ’15 NATIONAL PRIZE FOR BELGIUM (5,000 euros)

KAU Gymnasium

Court Saint Etienne, Belgium

URA Architects

BIGMAT ’15 NATIONAL PRIZE FOR THE CZECH REPUBLIC (5,000 euros)
Facilities for a Biotope
Honětice, Czech Republic
Prokš Přikryl architekti

BIGMAT ’15 NATIONAL PRIZE FOR FRANCE (5,000 euros)
The Ring of Remembrance
Notre-Dame de Lorette, France
Agence d’Architecture Philippe Prost

BIGMAT’ 15 NATIONAL PRIZE FOR ITALY(5,000 euros)
La Pedevilla Pliscia 13
Enneberg, Italy
Pedevilla Architects

BIGMAT ’15 NATIONAL AWARD FOR PORTUGAL
Casa Da Severa
Lisboa, Portugal
José Adrião Arquitetos

From among the 18 finalists, the

BigMat ’15 Special Mention for Young Architects went to
Dialogue Entre Matiere Et Paysage
Nozay, France
a+ samueldelmas architectes urbanistes

Out of a total of almost nine hundred projects presented across the five European countries taking part (Belgium, Spain, France, Italy and the Czech Republic), the panel of judges chaired by Jesús Aparicio and comprising Marie Vanhamme (Belgium), Carlos Ferrater (Spain), Dominique Perrault (France), Cino Zucchi (Italy), Zdenek Lukeš (Czech Republic) and awards secretary Jesús Donaire, singled out the following projects:

BIGMAT ’13 INTERNATIONAL GRAND PRIZE FOR ARCHITECTURE (30,000 euros)

Elishout Kitchen Tower Campus COOVI

Brussels, Belgium

Xaveer De Geyter Architects (XDGA)

BIGMAT ’13 NATIONAL PRIZE FOR THE CZECH REPUBLIC (5,000 euros)

Memorial to Victims of Communism

Liberec, Czech Republic

Petr Janda / Brainwork + Sporadical

BIGMAT ’13 NATIONAL PRIZE FOR THE CZECH REPUBLIC (5,000 euros)
Student Residence
París, France
LAN Architecture

BIGMAT ’13 NATIONAL PRIZE FOR ITALY (5,000 euros)
Via Padovani Housing
Imola, Italy
Lelli & Associati Architettura + Magazè S.R.L.

BIGMAT ’13 NATIONAL PRIZE FOR SPAIN (5,000 euros)
Atrio Relais & Châteaux Hotel and Restaurant
Cáceres, Spain
Mansilla + Tuñón

From among the 15 finalists, the

BIGMAT ’13 SPECIAL MENTION FOR YOUNG ARCHITECTS went to
Faculty of Cellular and Genetic Biology
University of Alcalá, Alcalá de Henares, Spain
Héctor Fernández Elorza

The panel of judges handed a

SPECIAL MENTION FOR THE RECOVERY OF A HISTORIC SITE

Atrio Relais & Châteaux Hotel and Restaurant

Cáceres, Spain

Héctor Fernández Elorza

The awards ceremony was held on Friday 22 November at the Palais de la Bourse in Bordeaux, France. In attendance were the 14 teams of architects competing for the grand prize, along with the members of the international panel of judges and representatives from the various companies belonging to the BigMat group.

Out of a total of 628 entries from the seven different European countries taking part (Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain), the panel of judges chaired by Jesús Aparicio and comprising Stéphane Beel (Belgium), Petr Pelčák (Czech Republic + Slovakia), Philippe Prost (France), Paolo Zermani (Italy), Fuensanta Nieto (Portugal + Spain) and awards secretary Jesús Donaire, awarded the BigMat International Grand Prize ’19 to the Power Plant for the ‘Foz Tua’ Dam, located in Foz do Tua, Portugal, by Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura.


The panellists praised the studio for “…the mastery with which Souto Moura controls the different scales conveys the importance that architecture has as a mediator between engineering and landscape…”. Delivering the Grand Prize was the President of BigMat International, Claude Coutant.

The awards ceremony was held on Friday, 24 November 2017 in the Salone dei Cinquecento of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy. In attendance were the 14 teams of architects competing for the grand prize, along with the members of the international panel of judges and representatives from the various companies belonging to the BigMat group.

Out of a total of 880 entries from the seven different European countries taking part (Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain), the panel of judges chaired by Jesús Aparicio and comprising Xaveer De Geyter (Belgium), Henrieta Moravcikova (Czech Republic + Slovakia), Marc Barani (France), Francesco Isidori (Italy), Paulo David (Portugal + Spain) and awards secretary, Jesús Donaire, decided that the BigMat’17 International Architecture Award should go to architecture studio Lacaton & Vassal for its FRAC building (Regional Contemporary Artwork Collection) of the North Region, located in Dunkirk, France.

The panellists praised the studio for “…getting its attitude spot on when tackling a modern-day programme, and for wisely combining the contemporary design of the building with a respectful understanding of its existing surroundings…”. Delivering the Grand Prize was the President of BigMat International, Claude Coutant.

The awards ceremony took place on Friday, 20 November 2015 at the historic BOLLE Festsäle building in Berlin. In attendance were the 18 teams of architects competing for the grand prize, along with the members of the international panel of judges and representatives from the various companies belonging to the BigMat group.

Out of a total of 750 entries from the six different European countries taking part (Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain), the panel of judges chaired by Jesús Aparicio and comprising Olivier Bastin (Belgium), Martin Rajnis (Czech Republic), Henri Ciriani (France), Francesco Dal Co (Italy), Manuel Aires Mateus (Portugal), Antonio Ortiz (Spain) and awards secretary, Jesús Donaire, decided that the BigMat ’15 International Architecture Award should go to the office building located in Zamora, Spain, by Campo Baeza architecture studio.

The panellists praised the studio for “…getting its attitude spot on when tackling a modern-day programme, and for wisely combining the contemporary design of the building with a respectful understanding of its existing surroundings…”. Delivering the Grand Prize was the President of BigMat International, Claude Coutant.

The awards ceremony took place on Friday, 22 November 2013 at the Parque de las Ciencias building in Granada, Spain. In attendance were all the architects competing for the grand prize, along with the members of the international panel of judges and representatives from the various companies belonging to the BigMat group.

Out of a total of 864 entries from the five European countries taking part (Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Italy and Spain), the panel of judges chaired by Jesús Aparicio and comprising Marie Vanhamme (Belgium), Carlos Ferrater (Spain), Dominique Perrault (France), Cino Zucchi (Italy), Zdenek Lukeš (Czech Republic) and awards secretary Jesús Donaire, decided that the BigMat ’13 International Award for Architecture should go to the Elishout Campus COOVI kitchen tower in Brussels, Belgium, by Xaveer De Geyter Architects.

The panellists praised the winning project for being “… a triumph in terms of the actual construction and for establishing a new point of reference in a city in need of landmarks, such as Brussels…”. Delivering the Grand Prize was the President of BigMat International, Claude Coutant.

To coincide with the awards ceremony for each BigMat International Architecture Awards event, we publish a catalogue featuring images and a description of the winning entries and runners-up chosen by the panelists. These catalogues also contain the comments and thoughts of each of the panelists in relation to the winning projects. In the middle of the catalogue readers can find photographs and drawings of the winning entries and there is also an appendix providing a list of all the winning projects.

BIGMAT INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE AWARD’19

BIGMAT INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE AWARD CATALOGUE 2019
Published by: BigMat International SA
Edited by: Jesús Donaire, Jesús Aparicio + BigMat International SA
Design: Gráfica Futura
Year: 2019

BIGMAT INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE AWARD’17

BIGMAT INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE AWARD CATALOGUE 2017
Published by: BigMat International SA
Edited by: Jesús Donaire, Jesús Aparicio + BigMat International SA
Design: Gráfica Futura
Year: 2017

BIGMAT INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE AWARD’15

BIGMAT INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE AWARD CATALOGUE 2015
Published by: BigMat International SA
Edited by: Jesús Donaire, Jesús Aparicio + BigMat International SA
Design: Gráfica Futura
Year: 2015

BIGMAT INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE AWARD’13

BIGMAT INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE AWARD CATALOGUE 2013
Published by: BigMat International SA
Edited by: Jesús Donaire, Jesús Aparicio + BigMat International SA
Design: Gráfica Futura
Year: 2013