Spanish building voted world’s best

Media-ITC Building
World Building of the Year 2011

Barcelona hosted the World Architecture Festival Awards (WAF) last week and was lucky enough to win the world’s top architecture prize.

The Media-TIC building in the city’s 22@ creative district won the prestigious World Building of the Year 2011, seeing off strong competition.

The winning building with it’s cube-like structure was selected from 16 finalists by a panel of industry experts.

The project, located in the city’s @22Barcelona creative district, was designed by Spanish architects Cloud 9 who put an emphasis on “green” credentials. These include solar panels on the roof, sun filters and smart sensors, all of which will contribute to energy efficiency.

The building is divided so that the upper floors can be rented to big companies, the second and third floors have small spaces for start-up companies and the first floor with the Cibernariun and an auditorium offers a program of courses open to all the city’s residents.

When accepting the award architect Enric Ruiz-Geli said the building should “act as a seed for an environmental revolution.”

The competition, which is now in its fourth year, attracted over 700 submissions from 59 different countries. Other entries from Spain included the new Coca Cola HQ in Madrid and a medical centre in Tenerife.