Project: Cooking school in a former slaughterhouse in Medina Sidonia
Project Award: The Grand Prize for the Best Intervention in a Built Landscape
Awards: the Grand Prix Philippe Rotthier of European Architecture 2014; Shortlisted for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture-Mies van der Rohe Award 2015; the Wiener Berger 1st Prize in urban infill category 2014
For the 10th edition of the triennial Philippe Rotthier European Prize for Architecture, proposals worldwide responded to this year’s theme of examining the multi-faceted relationship between architecture and natural/urban landscapes.
Out of 134 submitted entries, which included 18 European countries and 8 non-European ones, the jury awarded 28 projects. The Grand Prize for the Best Intervention in a Built Landscape was awarded to the project “Cooking school in a former slaughterhouse in Medina Sidonia, Spain”, by María Gonzalez, Juanjo López de la Cruz. SOL89 architects.
This project will be presented by arch. María Gonzalez at LAUD Bucharest 2015.
María graduated from the EscuelaTécnica Superior de Arquitectura de Sevilla (ETSA Sevilla) of the University of Seville in 2000. She was tenth in her class (of a total of 348) and was awarded the highest grade in her Final Degree Project, which also received one prize in the 13th edition of the Dragados Final Project Awards. After a one-year scholarship at L´Écoled´Architecture de Paris-la Seine in France, in 2001 she worked for the famous spanish architect Guillermo VázquezConsuegra. Following this experience she established her own office with JuanjoLópez de la Cruz (Seville, 1974)in 2003, Sol89, a practice in which they strive to accommodate research, teaching and professional practice.
Over the years, Sol89 has had the chance to carry out and build projects from which to approach the intermediate spaces of the city as well as the reuse obsolete structures. This work has been widely published in specialized national and international magazines and journals. The practice has received prizes in competitions and national and international awards for its built work, the most recent being the Silver Medal of the FassaBortolo Prize (Ferrara, Italy, 2103), the Wiener Berger 1st Prize in urban infill category (Vienna, Austria, 2014), the Grand Prix Philippe Rottier of European Architecture (Brussels, Belgium, 2014), Silver Medal of the Fritz-HögerPreis (Berlin, Germany, 2014), 1st prize in the X Enor Architecture Award (Vigo, Spain, 2014), awarded with the 40under40 Award of the the Chicago Athenaeum Museum (Chicago, USA), Shortlisted for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture-Mies van der Rohe Award 2015, and have been finalist in the current editions of the Spanish Biennale of Architecture and Urban Planning (Madrid, 2013).
She has been invited to lecture about her work and participate in design workshops in various Spanish Architecture Institutes and in most of Spain’s architecture schools and she is associated professor in the Department of Design of the Architecture School in Seville since 2005, hold a Master Degree in Architecture and Sustainable Cities (2008) and is currently working on her doctoral thesis about post-traumatic cities. Her professional and academic career also reaches the field of architectural thought; She has published articles and given talks in different conferences, as well as directed seminars and meetings, such as the International Congress dedicated to the work of JørnUtzon for the Universidad Internacional de Andalucía (2009) and the annual seminar AccionesComunes (2013) for the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo about artistic and architectural strategies that intervene in the intermediate spaces of the city.