In the words of Carme Pigem, architecture is born from a dream. A dream that is embodied in the project and that, for Ricardo Bofill, begins at the moment of sitting in front of a blank paper. The same paper to which Eduardo Souto de Moura wants to transfer reality to transform it with his thoughts. All with an objective that Rafael de La-Hoz also shares; that the project and its surroundings are indivisible.
Each architect is unique as a person and as a professional. Bofill's revolutionary vision, his constant evolution; Rafael de La-Hoz's artistic quality; RCR's fusion between architecture and landscape; or Eduardo Souto de Moura's pragmatism and social approach. Each one with their own personality and their own way of seeing the world, and yet all with one thing in common: architecture is their life.
We share the legacy of our architects: their architecture. Timeless works that, as Ricardo Bofill points out, will transcend the boundaries of time. They will be art, as Rafael de La-Hoz has always sought, and will be for the enjoyment of future generations. But they will also fulfil Eduardo Souto de Moura's ambition: they will contribute to people's happiness. Because, as Saïd Hejal explains, our aim is to design a life of which we can be proud.
Ricardo Bofill will always be one of the great names in European architecture. The artistic quality of his projects, his continuous evolution and his commitment to responsible urbanism have given rise to truly iconic architecture. The Turia Gardens in Valencia; Walden 7 in Sant Just Desvern; 77 West Wacker Drive in Chicago; or The Abraxas Spaces in Noisy-le-Grand are all good examples of his professional career. With buildings such as Ikon by Kronos Homes, which is the entrance to the city of Valencia and its tallest and most iconic tower, or Brava in Playa de Aro, which will transcend fashions and trends. Ricardo Bofill has managed to create a style that stems from his own experience: eclectic, international, postmodern, modern, avant-garde and, in short, genius.
In 2017, RCR Architects won the Pritzker Prize and its founders, Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramón Vilalta, became the second Spanish architects to win it and the largest group to win it to date. A universal vocation understood from a local perspective, with the utmost respect for traditional architecture and its integration into the landscape. Projects such as the Tussols Basil athletics stadium in Olot, the Soulages Museum in Rodez and the Horizon House in La Garrotxa are perfect examples of the company's respect for the environment. At Kronos Homes, we have one of their masterpieces, the Palmares resort in the Algarve, where they perfectly reflect the philosophy that has taken them to the Olympus of architecture.
In 1920 his grandfather founded the architectural firm that bears his surname. In 1975, his father designed the Castelar building, a masterpiece of Madrid's architectural heritage. Today, in the 21st century, Rafael de La-Hoz faces the future with a successful curriculum and many projects yet to come to fruition. Buildings as emblematic and distinctive as Oxxeo and Gran Vía 48 in Madrid, or the Hercules Towers in Cádiz, show their ability to generate architectural landmarks in very different contexts. An adaptability that he has put into practice in his projects for Kronos Homes: The Edge in Estepona; La Finca in Sotogrande; and Tribeka in Cordoba. Three projects based on the experience of a mythical lineage of architects, but also on a unique talent, which relies on the legacy of his studio to soar in future generations.
Souto de Moura worked in Álvaro Siza's office and Siza became a friend and mentor, considered one of the greatest exponents of modern Portuguese architecture. An outstanding start for the 2011 Pritzker Prize winner, who always considers the role of the building in its surroundings and uses local materials combined with concrete, stone, wood and aluminum. Eduardo Souto de Moura studies every detail as Mies van der Rohe, his architect of inspiration, would have done. Works such as the Braga Municipal Stadium are a true feat of seamless integration, with its imposing stands emerging from a granite quarry. But we cannot forget the Paula Rego House of Histories museum, the Carandá Market, its subsequent conversion into a cultural center and, of course, our The One project in Lisbon.
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