BSI Swiss Architectural Award 2014 / winner — José María Sánchez García, Spain
This video was shooted with a Canon 5D Mark II in Alange (Badajoz, Spain) in June 2014, as a collaboration with the architecture photographer Enrico Cano (enricocano.it).
The aim was to show the building in its complexity and with the surrounding environment, to document the project of José María Sánchez García during the exhibition of BSI Swiss Architectural Award 2014 (bsi-swissarchitecturalaward.ch).
Architect: José María Sánchez García, Spain (jmsg.es)
Architecture: Rowing Centre (2008-2010)
On the run up to the Stirling Prize, 2016, The Architect’s Journal takes a look into the six nominated buildings, with interviews from the architects.
At the heart of Oxford’s historic core, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s 1940s, Grade II listed, New Bodleian Library (now known as the Weston Library) is a vital resource for academic research. In 2006, WilkinsonEyre was appointed to refurbish the library as a new cultural and intellectual landmark. The idea was to open up the building to allow more public access and engagement in the activities happening inside. This included the creation of new spaces for a programme of exhibitions and seminars drawing on the extraordinary resources of the Bodleian’s collections.
The design works with, rather than against, Scott’s robust design, reinvigorating the space with an improved circulation diagram – for both book retrieval and user movement – and creating a number of contemporary interventions, including a spectacular reading room at roof level.