1er premio Emerging Architecture Award

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22 de noviembre de 2012
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El Red Bull Music Academy ha sido ganador de los premios AR+d Awards for Emerging Architecture 2012, del profesor de Proyectos de la Escuela de Arquitectura Victor Navarro (Langarita-Navarro). Se trata de un premio internacional a la obra de arquitectos emergentes que da la revista inglesa Architectural Review.

 

Según se cita en la página web de la revista:

 

Recalling the moment when they first met, the 33-year-old co-founders of Madrid-based practice Langarita-Navarro Arquitectos, Víctor Navarro and María Langarita, describe themselves as ‘partners at first sight’, setting up in life and business in close succession soon after they met. In 2007 they were both young architects. Both had either worked for or studied under the Madrid-based practice Mansilla+Tuñón Arquitectos. And, it seems, both were passionate about each other and about architecture.

 

Since then they have spent the past five years establishing a portfolio of work that specifically focuses on an interest in working with existing structures. Not just built structures, however, as Langarita explains, ‘because in our mind we understand structures to be physical, social, organisational, or … anything.’ With a number of small-scale projects under their belt − including a commission for a house in Langarita’s home town that they landed after overhearing the client talking in a bar, and the restoration and adaptation of a water tower as part of the Matadero Madrid arts centre − the opportunity to work on the award-winning Red Bull Music Academy (p46) came completely out of the blue. This was due, firstly, to the project’s relocation to Madrid − following the tsunami in that year’s host nation of Japan; and secondly, as their relatively modest experience on the water tower had inadvertently pre-qualified them to bid for this much higher-profile historic building project.

 

The scale, it seems, did not deter them, as their core interest in systems, infrastructure, sampling and montage is essentially scale neutral. What they are more cautious of, however, is working overseas, with Navarro admitting that, ‘until now, we haven’t especially wanted to work abroad, as we like to be in contact with the places where we make things. For us it is not easy to make projects overseas, because we like to work closely with the clients and with the craftsmen.’ But in recognition of opportunities that may now arise from the international attention this ar+d awards programme will surely generate, Langarita is quick to qualify her partner’s admission saying, ‘Of course, if we got the chance we would do it’, before going on to describe their shared passion for travelling. ‘We work as architects in order to travel, and have spent all our money on trips’, she reveals. ‘Mexico is the best so far, specifically Mexico City and the Yucatán Peninsula. We went there on the recommendation of Landscape Artist Jerónimo Hagerman, who worked with us on the Red Bull Academy.’

 

And, when asked what this award really means to them? True to form they replied in unison, nodding their heads and completing the sentence together. ‘We are mainly looking forward to the opportunity to come to London … to meet new people and see new places, which is a great opportunity for us’.

 

[EMERGING ARCHITECTURE AND CREATIVE RESILIENCE]

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22 de noviembre de 2012
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