The biennial Regional Architecture Prize contest, convened by the Autonomous Community and the College of Architects, in collaboration with the Cajamurcia Foundation, has again distinguished members of the School of Architecture and Building of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT).
The project 'The empty thickness.
Panteón familiar ', by Professor Pedro García Martínez, has been recognized as the best new building.
"Located in a rural context, the mausoleum is discovered as a forceful, punctually perforated volume that keeps inside the memory of past affections," explains the teacher on the awards website.
"The upper part of the smooth and abstract pantheon simulates leaning on a rougher and more earthly one, marked by the rough footprint of wood, a material that was once alive," the description continues.
"Strong plates of reinforced concrete descend from the roof to be suspended a meter from the ground. The light seeps through its gaps, creating a space that invokes the celestial dome."
UPCT researcher Juan Pedro Sanz also signs with Juan Antonio Pérez Mateos another one of the awarded projects, a reform of an award-winning home in the interior architecture category.
"It is an intervention of minimums to provide the domestic space with the maximum breadth, flexibility of use and contemporary image," the authors comment.
"The project seeks to break the boundaries of the rooms, diluting the degrees of privacy, and turning the house into an architectural space precisely adapted to functional needs and way of life," they detail.
The work '# C12506 Collective exhibition of urban projects' by students Andrés Viedma, Benito García-Legaz and Carmen Tamboleo has been the most valued in the category of ephemeral performances.
This sample that UPCT students made in the courtyard of the San Miguel administrative building of the Cartagena City Council was already selected as one of the non-itinerant assemblies that won the Emporia awards, a national ephemeral architecture contest and was selected in the prestigious FAD awards.
In addition, the Architecture Olympiad organized by teachers Fernando García and Ricardo Carcelén has won the dissemination prize.
The Olympiad has been an initiative of the Higher Technical School of Architecture and Building (ETSAE), which this year has celebrated its second edition, at the end of which eight secondary and high school teams competed.
The previous winner of this category was also the UPCT professor Enrique de Andrés, along with the architect Coral Marín, for his work 'The game of the wise king'.
In the edition of two years ago, UPCT professors Jaume Blancafort and Patricia Reus, in the category of interior architecture and ephemeral performances, were also awarded for their work 'Casa P + M'.
In the 2015 edition, several ETSAE projects were also recognized with awards and mentions.
The UPCT Architecture project received the special prize for dissemination.
Also distinguished were the 'Health Center in Santiago el Mayor' carried out by professors José María López and Edith Aroca, and the 'Comprehensive Plan of Facades 2007-2014 of Cartagena', carried out by Professor Marcos Ros.