Developer Muraba Properties has congratulated Spanish firm RCR Arquitectes – who designed a project on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah for the firm – on winning this year’s Pritzker Prize.
Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta were named as the 2017 laureates of architecture’s most prestigious award.
The three Catalan architects are the 39th recipients of the Pritzker Prize.
RCR’s other recent work has included the Musée Soulages in Rodez, France; the Waalse Krook, Urban Library of the Future and Centre for New Media, Gent, Belgium.
Ibrahim Al Ghurair, founder, Muraba Properties, said: “The Pritzker Architecture Prize is often cited as the ‘Nobel’ prize of architecture and is recognition for the great work RCR has done. We knew that RCR was the right partner for us to develop the vision for Muraba Residence Palm Jumeirah and this award cements that decision.”
RCR’s designs for Muraba Residence closely followed an unusual brief, to design the apartments from the inside out.
Rather than using the traditional approach, which is to design the outside of the building and then fit the apartments into that space, Al Ghurair wanted the building to be more about the living space and its waterfront aspect.
He added: “We wanted a design that looked good from the outside but didn’t follow the usual architecture rules in designing the building on the plot and then shaping the apartments to fit the building. Muraba has an amazing waterfront aspect on the Palm Jumeirah and the whole building has been designed by RCR so that each apartment really makes full use of the panoramic view across the water to Dubai’s skyline.”