BOROX, TRUJILLO, BAZA AND JACA
The Architecture Competition for the Preservation of Spanish Architecture Heritage is a unique and generous initiative from US philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus, considered one of the 25 most influential financiers in the USA.
The first phase of the competition, concluded last November, chose four Spanish towns: Borox (Toledo), Trujillo (Cáceres), Baza (Granada) y Jaca (Huesca). In the second phase, 74 architecture national and international firms submitted their design proposals to respond to the needs of these municipalities. Matthew Blumenthal and Patrick Alles’s NY-based architecture studio, the architects of Madrid-based architecture firm Estefanía Fernández-Cid, Xavier and Lucia Espinós and Rodrigo Toro, Basque architects Imanol Iparraguirre and Aritz Díez and Seville-based architects Abelardo Linares del Castillo and Elena Jiménez were the winners of the competition; each team received 12,000 Euros. Additionally, nine honorary mentions were given this year, with an award of 2,000 Euros each.
A NY-based architecture studio was the winner for the Borox project. Matthew Blumenthal and Patrick
Alles propose to transform two of the main public buildings of the town, the retirement home and the
municipal library, in order to create a harmonious integration with the rest of buildings in the area, The
project “Uniting the City” relocates the new home for the elderly on the edge of the main avenue,
extends the existing green spaces and creates a new indoor space on the center of the new park.
first prize with their proposals for Grajal de Campos, have submitted their “Project Kalathos” to add
value to the environment of the wall through a new construction in the area: a building around a patio
according to the best architectural qualities of the town and which provides a connection between the
Plaza de los Moritos and the Convento de La Coria though a new public thoroughfare.
Fernández-Cid, Xavier and Lucía Espinós and Rodrigo Toro, called “Agua”, includes the transformation
of the cloister of the Convento de San Jerónimo and its rehabilitation as a hotel, and the recovery of the
Palacio de los Enríquez and its gardens, and the construction of buildings more in line with the identity of
the city at the foot of the existing orchards. This project is mainly based on water as a resource, reflected
on the Caz Mayor and the orchards’ irrigation canals, around which a nice promenade is created.
The winning proposal of the creation of a new Main Square in the historical city center corresponds to the
project “Pluribus Unum” by Seville-based architects Abelardo Linares del Castillo and Elena Jiménez,
who propose a new civic space that pays special attention to the facades of the new square, bringing light
to the open passages to connect it to the nearby streets.
The jury if composed by representatives from the Spanish Ministry of Development, the Minister of Education, Culture and Sport, the Higher College of Architects of Spain, INTBAU (International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism), the Rafael Manzano Prize and the city council of the four towns, who judged the quality and feasibility of the 74 projects submitted. The Prizes will be awarded on June 13 at a ceremony to be held at the Ministry of Development.
The winning projects will be part of an open exhibition at the Arquerías de Nuevos Ministerios from
June 13 to July 29.
The annual call for projects starts now on its first phase, so that all the locations interested can send their bids before the deadline of October 2.