Spanish Pavilion Expo Zaragoza 2008
The prize awarded every two years by the CSCAE?(Consejo Superior de los Colegios de Arquitectos de España) has been bestowed on the Spanish Pavilion for Expo 2008, designed by the Navarrese architect Francisco Mangado. Among the 77 candidates, the jury has appraised in Mangado’s pavilion the relationship between “the metaphor of the clearing in the woods and the innovative use of ceramic materials”, as well as “the building technology of thermodynamic beauty”. The building, a forest over a layer of water formed by 750 ceramic-clad columns that control its thermal behavior, has been the most representative piece of the Zaragoza exposition. The pavilion has received several awards, like the Construmat prize in the category of Building; the ASCER award; the Special Mention of the Premio Internazionale Architettura Sostenibile Fassa Bortolo of the University of Ferrara; the García Mercadal prize of the Aragón Institute of Architects; and the ‘Giancarlo Ius’ Gold Medal to the most innovative project in the field of energy saving and renewable energies, presented by the International Union of Architects (UIA).