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RCR designed a public PHOTO: HISAO SUZUKI

space in place of the demolished La Lira


theatre in Ripoll, Spain

RCR recently unveiled the steelclad Soulages Museum in Rodez, and La Cuisine Arts Centre (right) in Nègrepelisse, both in France

CLAD mag 2017 ISSUE 2

What the jury said

“Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem

“In this day and age, there is an

and Ramon Vilalta tell us that

important question that people all

it may be possible to have both.

over the world are asking, and it is

They help us to see, in a most

not just about architecture; it’s about

beautiful and poetic way, that

law, politics, and government as

the answer to the question is not

well. We live in a globalised world

‘either/or’ and that we can – at

where we must rely on international

least in architecture – aspire to

influences, trade, discussion and

have both; our roots firmly in

transactions. But more and more

place and our arms outstretched

people fear that, because of this

to the rest of the world. And

international influence, we will lose

that is such a wonderfully

our local values, our local art and our

reassuring answer, particularly

local customs. They are concerned

if it applies in other areas of

and sometimes frightened.

modern human life as well.”