2017 Pritzker Prize Winner
ENIGMA restaurant by Albert Adrià
RCR Arquitectes has just been awarded the 2017 Pritzker Prize. The most prestigious international prize and the main award granted to honor an architect in the world commonly referred to as the “Nobel of Architecture.”
This recognition comes to their almost 30 years of trajectory developed in their hometown of Olot (Girona, Spain), creating architectural works strongly rooted in the landscape, characterized by minimalism connected to its environment. Previously, thanks to their significant contribution to Architecture and society, they have been named in 2010 Honor Members of the American Architecture Institute. They were also awarded the International Spanish Architecture Prize in 2015.
RCR also has a multidisciplinary team of work and with their own collaborators, such as Pau Llimona, one of the most habitual architects of the study and cornerstone in the creating of the ENIGMA’s concept.
For Neolith it is an honor to have worked together with them, in a groundbreaking project as the ENIGMA restaurant by Albert Adrià.
Our most sincere congratulations on the deserved prize!
ENIGMA is the all-new haute-cuisine gastronomy project by Albert Adrià. A restaurant with a more personal signature cuisine which will reflect the work experience acquired over his long career ever since he first began at elBulli.
For this complex project, the marble work involved tiling the kitchens and installing the countertops, stove hoods, and furniture both for the kitchen and the bathrooms at the restaurant.
With respect to the design, it is an exclusive model designed by Neolith for this project. It’s a design that arose out of a watercolor painting RCR Arquitectes and Pau Llimona presented to the Neolith Design team to replicate the same drawing on the board.
It’s artisan work within an industrial setting with high-quality finished pieces and the use of large-format riverwashed finish boards 6 mm thick. For the countertop, a full 3200 x 1500 mm, 12 mm thick board was used with special smooth finish print and a special shine.
Thus, the kitchen islands were planned with organic geometric shapes both in the upper countertop design as well as the sloped vertical paneling to overcome the size of the skirting (including doors, drawers and appliance spaces, all highly complex).
The greatest technical difficulties included the fact that the islands were not at a straight angle but rather rounded and conical meaning all the sloped connection points had to be created with different sized wedges with various geometries.
About the Prize:
To honor a living architect or architects whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision, and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.
The international prize, which is awarded each year to a living architect/s for significant achievement, was established by the Pritzker family of Chicago through their Hyatt Foundation in 1979. It is granted annually and is often referred to as “Architecture’s Nobel” and “the profession’s highest honor.”
Estudio Única project by Emilio López de Molorramo, in Madrid. The project mentioned consisted of the renovation of Showroom exhibit areas. Neolith was used in different areas and for different applications. The most outstanding was the bathroom sink made with the La Bohème model; even the sink drain was lined with this material.
WINNER OF OUR TOP FABRICATOR OF THE YEAR: Jaime Rodón Martínez, J.J.RODON S.A