The Secretary of State of Infrastructures presents the Construction Arts and the Driehaus International Architecture Competition Awards
At the same time, an exhibition showcasing the work of the winners in both categories has opened and will be open to the public at the Arches of the New Ministries
In his opening remarks, Mr. Driehaus remembered Donald Gray, recently deceased, winner of the Manzano Prize and member of the jury of both initiatives: “He will be missed. But his strong spirit lives on in these awards, inasmuch as they continue the tradition that he defended so well.” He added: “It’s a pleasure for me to honor our master artisans and urban designers. Their efforts are essential for the preservation of heritage. A platform upon which we can build our future.”
Next, the Driehaus Architecture Competition awards were presented. This competition was created with the purpose of helping the recovery of traditional architecture in Spain. The locations selected this year were Olite (Navarra) and Béjar (Salamanca). This competition becomes a great opportunity for municipalities that have been unable to afford the rehabilitation of their spaces.
First to receive their award were architects Abelardo Linares and Elena Jiménez for their proposal “Béjar before the mirror”. This ambitious project interconnects the existing urban fabric in an attempt to reinvigorate the environment and creates a new residence around a patio crowned by galleries inspired by the Béjar tradition.
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After the ceremony, the exhibition of some of the works of the winning artisans was opened, and will remain open from June 13 until July 28 at the Arches of the New Ministries, thanks to the support from the Ministry of Development.