The sponsor of the “BigMat’17 International Architecture Award” is the BigMat International SA group, with its central headquarters in Luxembourg and a presence in seven countries of Europe, namely the Walloon and Brussels-Capital regions in Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain.
The group was created in 1981 with the aim of facilitating the distribution of construction materials through a partnership of independent entrepreneurs. This International Architecture Prize began in Spain in 2005 and, after three national editions, extended its scope and achieved an overwhelming level of international participation. The first international edition of the Award took place in 2013 and the Belgian architect Xaveer de Geyter was proclaimed its winner at the awards ceremony held in Granada, Spain, in November that year. The second edition, in 2015, proclaimed the Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza its winner in Berlin. This new 2017 edition will acknowledge works of architectural excellence in the seven participating countries where the BigMat chain has establishments.
IN SEVEN EUROPEAN
AIM OF THE PRIZE
The Prize aims to reward and call attention to those architectural works that have made a major contribution to contemporary architectural culture in the Walloon and Brussels City regions of Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain.
For this edition of the Award, six categories have been established:
- Sustainability and innovative use of material. Works highlighting energy efficiency parameters, economy in the resources used and new interpretations in the use of architectural material.
- Architecture. Buildings, with consideration being given to their adaptation to their physical setting, as well as their structural and constructive pertinence.
- City and Landscape. Works relating to public spaces, whether urban or affecting the territory.
- Rehabilitation. Interventions in contact with a pre-existing work.
- Ephemeral architecture. Projects working on matters relating to temporality and mobility.
- Interior design. Actions preserving the structure of a building as well as elements of industrial design or furnishings.
The prize is open only to architects with their professional domicile in one of the seven countries participating. The works presented for the prize by architects so professionally domiciled must also have been built in the country of residence of the architects.
Each architect may submit as many works as may be considered appropriate, but the registration process must be completed individually for each one in its respective category. In those cases where the work is a joint effort by multiple authors, at least one of the members of the authorship team must fulfil the foregoing requirements.
CITY AND LANDSCAPE
Works will only be considered for this prize if they were built between January 1st, 2011, and January 1st, 2017, in all the participating countries except Slovakia, where it will be possible to present works built between January 1st, 2009, and January 1st, 2017, as this country has been included in the prize for the first time in this third edition. All works shortlisted, whether runners-up or winners, in the first and second editions of the Prize are not eligible for submission in this third edition. The awards ceremony will be held on the occasion of the Annual Congress of the BigMat International Group to be held in the Italian city of Florence on Friday, November 24th, 2017.
The panel of judges will award a total of 13 prizes across the different categories, in which each of the seven countries taking part in the contest must be represented, as well as a Special Mention for Young Architects. Of the 13 awards handed out under the different categories, the jury shall award seven of these the BigMat ’17 National Prize for the country in question. The seven national winners will in turn compete for the BigMat ’17 International Grand Prize for Architecture, thus making one of the National Prizes the Grand Prize.
– 6 BigMat ’17 National Prizes, worth 5,000 euros each.
– 6 BigMat ’17 Category Prizes worth 1,500 euros each.
– BigMat ’17 Special Mention for Young Architects worth 1,500 euros.
Among the 13 prize-winners listed above, a Special Mention for Young Architects will be given to a work of architecture built by an architect under 40 years of age on the date the work was completed. In the case of teams with multiple authors, all of the members of the team must comply with this requirement in order to opt for this mention.
The Grand Prize may not be declared void and cannot be awarded ex aequo. In addition, a catalogue will be produced with the works awarded a prize. The final economic amount of each of the prizes will be paid to the authors or co-authors listed on the registration form applying for the Prize and will be regulated by the tax agreements in place between Luxembourg and each of the countries of the respective authors of the projects.
The panel of judges will comprise one member of renowned prestige from each of the participating countries. None of the members of the panel of judges shall be able to present one of their own works nor any works in which they have participated, and they may not have any family ties with any of the participants down to the second degree.
• PRESIDENT: Dr. Jesús Aparicio. Doctor in Architecture and Full Professor at the Polytechnic University in Madrid.
• SECRETARY: Dr. Jesús Donaire. Doctor in Architecture and Associate Professor at the Polytechnic University in Madrid.
- Henrieta Moravčíková, Architect, historian specializing in architecture and publisher..
- Marc Barani, Architect and winner of the Grand Prix de l’Architecture in 2013.
- Francesco Isidori, Architect and founder of the architecture firm LABICS.
- Paulo David, Architect and the winner of the Alvar Aalto Medal in 2012.
The panel of judges may re-assign the projects submitted into different categories, according to their own criterion. Following a prior resolution adopted by the panel of judges, it will be possible to invite journalists of renowned prestige to attend the working sessions with the right to speak but not to vote.
The panel of judges will adopt its resolutions by means of a majority. Should there be a tied vote, a second ballot will be held. Should the tie continue, the President’s casting vote shall decide.
In the course of the process, two memoranda will be drawn up, the first of which will contain the selection of a maximum of 15 works from each country and will be published on the awards’ digital platform during the month of July.
The second memorandum will include the final verdict reached by the panel of judges, with the thirteen winning projects. The part of the memorandum corresponding to the selection of the thirteen projects vying for the awards will be published on the digital platform during the month of September.
XAVEER DE GEYTER
The registration window for the presentation of applications together with the necessary documentation begins on January 16th and concludes at 11:59 p.m. on May 4th, 2017. The submission of the documentation needed for phase one will consist in a digital package containing all the information necessary to understand the project. To register and upload each project’s documentation, please go to the “PROJECT REGISTRATION” section of the digital platform: www.architectureaward.bigmat.com.
At the moment of registration, each work will be entered for the corresponding category and the country where the architect responsible for the project has his or her professional domicile. Should there be multiple authors with their professional domicile in several of the countries participating, the project may only be submitted for one of them.
Furthermore, at the moment of registration, each candidate will receive a confirmation e mail containing a registration number for use during the first phase of the awards process.
The BigMat Group declines any and all liability that may arise from the truthfulness or otherwise of the information provided by the participants on the registration forms and reserves the right to exclude those projects failing to fulfil this condition of truthfulness.
The Panel of Judges will initially select a maximum of 15 works of architecture from each of the countries, giving a maximum total of 105 works overall.
In order to validate their proposals, candidates must upload the following information on the PROJECT REGISTRATION tab for each of the projects they wish to submit:
- Category for which the project is being submitted
- Identification and contact details for the office authoring the project.
- Identification and contact details for the author or team leader for the project.
- Title of the work, year of its completion and location.
- Brief description of the project (maximum 300 words).
- One single PDF document less than 10 MB in size, containing two horizontal DIN A3 panels with the documents necessary for the understanding of the project.
For identification purposes, each of these panels will include, in a rectangle measuring 10x30 mm located in the top right corner of the panel, the identification code from the verification e mail and the category the project is submitted for.
Once the maximum of up to 15 candidates have been selected per country, the Awards Office will invite them to submit a hard copy of additional documentation to the headquarters of the BigMat Group in Paris, where the final selection will be made.
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FINAL PHASE AND AWARDS CEREMONY
The Panel of Judges will assemble to decide on the 14 prize-winners and their decision will be announced during the awards ceremony that will take place on Friday, November 24th, 2017, in the city of Florence (Italy). It will be essential for the main author of each of the shortlisted projects to attend this final ceremony, at the expense of the BigMat group, in order to be able to be considered as a prize-winner. In its interest for disseminating information about the runners-up and the prize-winners, the BigMat Group may organize a series of different events following the awards ceremony, such as catalogues or exhibitions. Authors will be informed about these events in each case.
Participation implies the total acceptance of the present rules. No appeals shall be entertained in connection with the verdict of the panel of judges. Any doubts or amendments proposed with regard to these rules will be resolved by the Panel of Judges and its decision, notified through the digital platform, shall not be subject to appeal.