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The team formed by Jon Montero and Naiara Montero has recently won the International Competition for the Architectural Renovation of Tabakalera
. The Jury's proposal was officially ratified by a decision made by the ICCC Board of Directors on December. The Jury highlighted the following aspects of the winning proposal: Its sensitivity to the uses of the future centre and its ability to adapt to the requirements of said uses. Its openness to the city, manifested in its proposal to create a new urban square on one side of the building, next to the current entrance to the underground walkway leading to the Egia neighbourhood. This solution represents a whole new way of looking at urban integration, and links, on a single level, Cristina-Enea park (and the Egia neighbourhood), Tabakalera and the city centre. Hence the proposal's slogan: 3 en RAYA', or tic-tac-toe'.
The construction of a new element that highlights and raises the level of the current building: a glass body over the centre of the building, which reinforces its iconic character and provides a new viewing point over the city.
Furthermore, other aspects of the proposal also played a role in the jury's decision, namely: its creativity, innovation, practicality, constructive coherence and its relationship with building and maintenance costs, efficiency as regards the mobility of persons and objects, sustainability strategies and environmentally friendliness and the efficient integration of installations, among others.
The winning team will be responsible for drafting and directing the Works Project. The deadline for completion is nine months from the date of the announcement of the winning proposal.
The project presented by Jon Montero and Naiara Montero is characterised by its respect for the existing building and the way in which it plans to bring out and increase its existing value, using architectural elements and resources that will enable it to become an urban icon' and a key building in the city's landscape.
Jon Montero forms part of the TAU studio (Architecture and Town Planning Workshop), located in Barcelona, and Naiara Montero runs her own studio in A Coruña. The team brings both the wisdom of experience and the freshness of youth to all its architectural, interior design, public space and town planning projects. Jon and Naiara Montero have already won several public and private tenders, have published a number of papers and received various accolades. Both are project lecturers. (www.jonmontero.com).
The second prize was awarded to the VAUMM Arquitectura y Urbanismo S.L.P. studio from San Sebastián and the third prize was won by SOB Arquitectos S.L. from Barcelona.
The three consolation prizes awarded by the Jury went to nred arquitectos, from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Dietmar Leyk and Petra Wollenberg from Berlin and Carlos Manzano Arquitectos S.A. from Madrid.
Finally, the Jury also made three special mentions of the projects presented by the following teams: Langdon Reis Architects Ltd (London), Isabel de Rentería Cano (Barcelona) and Alonso, Balaguer y Arquitectos Asociados S.L. (Barcelona). The Tabakalera website www.tabakalera.eu offers information about the 61 proposals presented.