Barozzi Veiga

RIBA Award for International Excellence

Barozzi Veiga Bündner Kunstmuseum in Chur granted the RIBA Award for International Excellence 2018.

The worldwide recognized award was granted to twenty buildings exemplifying design excellence, architectural ambition and delivering meaningful social impact.

Mies van der Rohe Award

Szczecin Philharmonic Hall has won the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2015.

The ceremony took place on May 8 at the famous Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, and the winner was selected by an international jury including the Italian architect Cino Zucchi, Bolles+Wilson co-founder Peter L Wilson, and RIBA’s Tony Chapman.

A Sentimental Monumentality

The majority of projects and works that we have designed to date have been related with public architectures and fragile, incomplete urban contexts.

Within this working framework, our aim has been to try to dignify what is public as a collective space and to define an architecture that is specific to its environment.

For this reason we have always sought to produce architecture that strikes a balance between the specificity of the place and autonomy of form.

This irreducible dichotomy has guided our work over recent years and has gradually taken it towards a ‘sentimental monumentality’.

We seek an architecture that aspires to confer dignity, identity and a sense of belonging upon places of civic community life, the civitas, through an autonomous, primal and povera approach that can transcend the point in time at which it emerges and establish a temporal link between past, present and future.

But at the same time an architecture is necessary that establishes a specific relationship with its surrounding context.
An architecture that is empathetic and perceptive, that transcends the rational to define a sentiment-based connection with the reality of an environment.

In the opposition between monument and sentiment our work resides: it is something that aspires to belong to a place but at the same time to belong to all places.

It is an architecture that is simultaneously specific and autonomous, intimate and monumental, capable of preserving the richness and singularity of each place while never failing to discover the unexpected landscapes that each hides.

Fabrizio Barozzi, Alberto Veiga

Barcelona, 18 November, 2015