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Barcelona-based photographer Hisao Suzuki’s picture shows the subterranean interior of the Bodega or cellar at the Finca Bell-Lloc near Girona, Spain. It was designed by RCR Arquitectes,
founded by Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta in their home city, Olot, in 1988. The image confirms the Catalan studio’s 2017 Pritzker Prize citation, which said the trio’s work
has a powerful, common connection to place and landscape derived from an understanding of ‘history, the natural topography, customs and cultures, among other things – and observing
and experiencing light, shade, colours and the seasons’. The roofline of this winery, built in 2007, is defined by steel blades. Visitors descend into a shadowy, climate-controlled labyrinth by
way of an artificial valley whose angled sides of rusty, recycled metal ‘fuse the building with the earth, and the openings between the steel slats allow in hints of light’. The Bodega at Bell-Loc
‘is a singular work,’ says Vilalta, ‘although it expresses itself with some of (our) essential values...a strong relation with the location, a careful path, the space and the light, the use of natural
materials.’ The practice quotes Alvar Aalto, Richard Serra and SANAA among its influences.