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Cristóbal Gabarrón Award

Alvaro Siza Vieira wins International Prize for Plastic Arts Foundation

19 Jul 2010

Cristóbal Gabarrón Award 2010

Siza Vieira awarded the Award of Plastic Arts Cristóbal Gabarrón 2010

The Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza Vieira was awarded the International Prize for Plastic Arts Foundation 2010 Gabarrón Cristobal, who wanted to distinguish ‘the teachings, the international relevance and poetic inspiration “of his work.

Alvaro Siza
thumbnail photo of the architect, courtesy of RIAS

The jury’s award highlights the fact that Siza makes architecture “transparent and respectful of the environment where it fits,” praising its ability to develop a “poetic feeling to every building, by working with space and light.”

Proof of this highlights, is the building of the University of the Basque Country, which will be completed this year, the Meteorological Center of the Olympic Village in Barcelona (1992), the Galician Center for Contemporary Art in Santiago de Compostela (1993), the Rectorate of the University of Alicante (1997) and the Foundation Serralves (1999).

Church of Macro de Canaveses, Portugal:
Church of Macro de Canaveses - Cristóbal Gabarrón Award
photo from Alvaro Siza

The award, which reaches it´s ninth edition this year, had 31 candidates competing in various countries.

This is the first of nine awards given annually by the foundation that also includes Performing Arts, Science and Research, Sports, Economics, Literature, Thought and Humanities, Restoration and Conservation and Human Path.

In previous years the prize was awarded to names like James Rosenquist (2002), Peter Eisenman (2003), Sir Anthony Caro (2004), Richard Serra (2005), Yoko Ono (2006), Markus Lüpertz (2007), Martín Chirino ( 2008) and Jan Fabre (2009).

More information can be found at the Fundación Cristóbal Gabarrón webiste

Cristóbal Gabarrón Award information from Alvaro Siza Vieira

Location: Zurich, Switzerland, central Europe

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Date built: 1966
Leça Swimming Pools
photo from the architect
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Church of Macro de Canaveses, Portugal
Date built: 1996
Church of Macro de Canaveses
photo from Alvaro Siza
Macro de Canaveses

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TILT house Gondomar
photo : Ivo Tavares Studio
TILT house in Gondomar
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Architect: Studio Nicholas Burns
Chapel and Meditation Room Northern Portugal
photo : Peter Bennetts
Chapel and Meditation Room, Northern Portugal
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