Small architecture firm, big win

The El Petit Comte Kindergarten built in Besalu, Girona, Spain, in 2010. There are no walls or corridors in this creation - just colourful tubes arranged around the building's perimeter like colour pencils.
The El Petit Comte Kindergarten built in Besalu, Girona, Spain, in 2010. There are no walls or corridors in this creation - just colourful tubes arranged around the building's perimeter like colour pencils.PHOTOS: NYTIMES
Light plays a fundamental role in RCR Arquitectes' creations, as seen in the Les Cols restaurant, built in 2011 in Olot. Glass walls let in light while still providing a sense of intimacy.
Light plays a fundamental role in RCR Arquitectes' creations, as seen in the Les Cols restaurant, built in 2011 in Olot. Glass walls let in light while still providing a sense of intimacy.PHOTOS: NYTIMES
In 2007, the three architects converted an early 20th- century foundry into their office, Barberi Laboratory.
In 2007, the three architects converted an early 20th- century foundry into their office, Barberi Laboratory. PHOTOS: NYTIMES
An unnamed building by RCR Arquitectes in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain. The Pritzker jury praised the winners for creating works that "admirably and poetically fulfil the traditional requirements of architecture for physical and spatial beauty al
A view from inside the La Lira Theater Public Open Space (2011) in Ripoll, Girona, Spain. The choice of RCR Arquitectes as the 2017 Pritzker Prize winner was seen as a move away from the celebrity architects that have dominated the field.PHOTOS: NYTIMES
An unnamed building by RCR Arquitectes in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain. The Pritzker jury praised the winners for creating works that "admirably and poetically fulfil the traditional requirements of architecture for physical and spatial beauty al
An unnamed building by RCR Arquitectes in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain. The Pritzker jury praised the winners for creating works that "admirably and poetically fulfil the traditional requirements of architecture for physical and spatial beauty along with function and craftsmanship". PHOTOS: NYTIMES

Three founders of little-known Spanish architecture firm RCR Arquitectes won the prestigious Pritzker Prize for architecture on Wednesday.

Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta are known for modern works that are deeply rooted in the local surroundings of their hometown of Olot in Catalonia, Spain.

Here is a look at their projects.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 04, 2017, with the headline 'Small architecture firm, big win'. Print Edition | Subscribe