The team formed by Jon Montero and Naiara Montero has recently won the International Competition for the Architectural Renovation of Tabakalera, located in the city of Donostia-San Sebastian, the capital of the Gipuzkoa territory, in the Basque Country, next to the border between Spain and France.
The Tabakalera building was a tobacco factory for 90 years, and in 2004, the City Council of San Sebastian, the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa and the Basque Government bought the building in order to turn it into an international contemporary culture centre.
The Jury highlighted the following aspects of the winning proposal:
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 characterized 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).
Images: Tabakalera Culture Factory