그라프톤 아키텍츠의 이본 파렐과 셸리 맥나마라, 2020년 프리츠커상 수상


                       Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara


Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, of Dublin-based practice Grafton Architects, are the 2020 Pritzker Prize Laureates, architecture’s highest honor internationally. They are the 47th and 48th Laureates of the Pritzker Prize respectively, and the first two recipients from the Republic of Ireland. The Pritzker Architecture Prize was founded in 1979 by the late Jay A. Pritzker and his wife, Cindy, with the aim of honoring a living architect whose built work demonstrates talent, vision and commitment, and which has produced a significant contribution to humanity and the built environment. The prestigious prize is awarded on an annual basis, to an outstanding individual architect or partnership. The pair also received the RIBA Gold Medal for 2020 earlier in the year.

건축계에서 가장 권위 있는 상으로 알려진 프리츠커상의 2020년 수상자가 발표되었다. 주인공은 아일랜드 더블린에 사무소를 둔 그라프톤 아키텍츠의 이본 파렐과 셸리 맥나마라로, 올해로 47번째와 48번째 수상자가 된 이들은 아일랜드 건축가 최초로 프리츠커상을 거머쥐었다. 이본 파렐과 셸리 맥나마라는 지난해 10월 영국 왕립 건축가 협회에서 수여하는 골드 메달을 수상한 바 있다.


©Dennis Gilbert

Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, School of Economics, 2019, Toulouse, France
Located at a turning point of the Canal de Garonne, the site of the new School of Economics is important for the university and the city. The new building, with seven stories above ground and two basements, is, according to the architects, “a composition of the re-interpreted elements of Toulouse: the buttresses, the walls, the ramps, the cool mysterious interiors, the cloisters and the courtyards.”
In order to provide places of research and education which are pleasurable to work in, the architects have devised a building strategy to maximize natural air, light and ventilation to each space within the building from offices to seminar rooms to terraces. This allows them to position larger volumes with very little fenestration to act as a “deep wall,” controlling light, shadow and shade.


©Dennis Gilbert

Town House Building, Kingston University, 2019, Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom 
The new facility seeks to bring together the university and the local community and act as the university’s front door and a gateway to Kingston upon Thames. The Town House Building includes a learning resource center, dance studio, covered courtyard, café and is developed alongside a new landscaping scheme across the front of the campus. The six-story building of open-plan interiors is unified and enveloped by the stone colonnades that form the facades of the building.
The interior is composed of large, interconnected halls and double and triple-height spaces that overlap—physically and visually. The entrance lobby extends almost to the full height of the building, with staircases suspended from floorplates, adding a sculptural touch and physically weaving the layers of the building together. The architects have said, “University projects are miniature cities. There are three layers—administrators and professionals, lecture facilities, and then there is the city.”


©Alexandre Soria

Institut Mines Télécom, 2019, Paris, France 
This 46,200m2 building is home to Institut Mines Télécom, Télécom Paristech and Télécom Sud-Paris in Palaiseau and serves a community of scholars, professors and students. The generous placement of open spaces, windows, glass curtain walls and exposed ceilings allow natural light to filter through a passage of rooms, creating impressions of light through large and small spaces and within the interlocking areas that comprise its five courtyards and quadrangle. “The master plan proposes streets, squares and boulevards with the poetic integration of landscape and ecology, as it refers to the legacy of the great tradition of educational institutions with their lawns, quadrangles, cloisters and courtyards.”


Farrell and McNamara’s professional partnership goes back forty years; since co-founding Grafton Architects in 1978, they have “consistently and unhesitatingly pursued the highest quality of architecture for the specific location in which it was to be built, the functions it would house and especially for the people who would inhabit and use their buildings and spaces”, said the jury.

The studio’s extensive portfolio ranges from educational buildings to housing to cultural and civic institutions, not only in their native Ireland but internationally, winning numerous competitions in Europe and South America. Notable examples include the University Campus UTEC in Lima (2015), the School of Economics Building at Universita Luigi Bocconi, Italy (2008) and Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, School of Economics, France (2019).


                      ©Iwan Baan


                      ©Iwan Baan


                      ©Iwan Baan

University Campus UTEC Lima, 2015, Lima, Peru
Situated on a difficult site with a busy motorway to one side and the low-rise urban edge of the city on the other, the University of Technology and Engineering, UTEC Lima, is a vertical and layered building inspired by the cliffs of its city. “The north side of the building serves as a ‘new cliff’, while the south features cascading gardens and open spaces that seek to integrate with the lower urban scale of this part of the district.”
The architects have created a muscular building with raw concrete finishes, some say reminiscent of brutalism. Structure and architectural spaces work together to form a new circulation landscape. The section naturally creates numerous spontaneous and humane gathering spaces throughout the building.
Larger scale volumes are located close to the ground, with the teaching, administration and teacher office areas staggered at higher levels. In the upper levels near the roof is the library with panoramic views of the city and the sea. In summary, this is a distinctive vertical campus structure responding to the temperate climatic conditions and referencing Peru’s terrain and heritage.


건축가이자 교육자로 만난 둘은 1978년 그라프톤 아키텍츠를 공동으로 설립한 이후 40년간 아일랜드 외에도 영국, 프랑스, 이탈리아, 페루 등 세계 각지에서 활동하며 주택, 교육·문화 시설, 공공 기관을 비롯해 다양한 건축물을 설계했다. 이들은 언제나 건물이 놓일 대지와 건물의 기능, 건물을 이용할 사람을 중심으로 설계한 수준 높은 건축물을 추구해왔다고 평가받는다. 특히 장소와 땅의 맥락, 기후를 이해하는 예리한 감성은 이들이 자란 아일랜드의 자연환경에서 영향을 받았다.

파렐과 맥나마라는 사람이 모이는 공공 공간과 개별 공간을 통해 건물 내·외부를 넘나드는 연결과 흐름을 보여주고, 신중한 재료 선택과 완벽한 조합을 선보인다. 그러한 특징이 잘 드러나는 대표 작품으로, 이탈리아의 루이지 보코니 대학교(2008), 프랑스의 툴루즈 제1대학교 경제학 건물(2019), 아일랜드에 설계한 더블린 재무부 건물(2009)과 노스 킹 스트리트 주택단지(2000)가 있다. 아일랜드에 남긴 많은 작품 중에서도 노스 킹 스트리트 주택단지는, 장소와 문화를 존중하고 깊이 이해한 결과 탄생한 건축물이 지역 사회에 긍정적 영향을 준다는 점에서 의미가 크다.


©Dennis Gilbert


©Dennis Gilbert

Medical School, University of Limerick, 2012, Limerick, Ireland
Located on both sides of the River Shannon, the Medical School at the University of Limerick is part of a continuing northward expansion of the institution. Connected to the existing campus by a pedestrian bridge, the newer facilities include a series of three red brick residences, also designed by the architects, as well as an open public space intended to serve as a new focal point.
The exterior limestone wall, referencing material native to the area, is “folded, profiled and layered in response to orientation, sun, wind, rain and public activity.” The four-story building includes a double-height atrium and a wide, open staircase, allowing occupants to view all levels below and above.


Closer to home for the pair, the Department of Finance building in Dublin (2009) was singled out for the selection of materials and construction techniques, which demonstrated considerable knowledge and care with a particularly sensitive site. North King Street Housing, Dublin (2000) – another historically contested site – makes minimal use of external design elements, mirroring the restraint of neighboring warehouses. According to Justice Stephen Breyer, Jury Chair, the pair have repeatedly tried and succeeded to address an increasingly important problem: “how do we build housing and workplaces in a world with over half of its population dwelling in urban environments, and many of them who cannot afford luxury?”

Grafton Architects’ works successfully encompass a range of scales, from large institutional buildings to a house of little more than 100m2. Consistently, Grafton Architects’ buildings operate at a human scale, with spaces and volumes of different sizes creating dialogues between buildings and surroundings. Deep interior spaces are connected with the exterior realm, and their use of lighting animates space, while helping building users orient themselves with the architecture. Research and sensitivity to the urban environment has been paramount.


©Federico Brunetti


©Alexandre Soria

Universita Luigi Bocconi, 2008, Milan, Italy
Occupying an entire city block, the architects have created a building which feels more like a campus of pavilions and courtyards with a vertical rather than horizontal configuration. The conference halls, lecture theaters, offices, meeting rooms, library and café are designed to house 1,000 professors and students, creating a feeling of community from within and sitting easily in the city that surrounds them. Throughout the building, the generous and diverse open spaces invite spontaneous encounters A exchanges.
The winner of the World Building of the Year 2008 award, the massive stone-clad construction can be thought of as having three distinct parts: the sunken volume, which houses, among other things, the impressive aula magna, the ground floor of flowing spaces and the more functional boxes “floating” above. The aula magna occupies the main frontage and provides a symbolic presence. The use of large openings and multiple vistas means that light filters throughout the building and visitors are drawn into the life of the interior.


대형 빌딩으로 가득한 도시 환경에서도 두 건축가의 능력은 빛을 발한다. 항상 사람을 염두에 둔 건물을 설계하고, 다채로운 규모의 공간을 적절히 조합하여 건물과 주변 환경과의 대화를 이끌어낸다. 심도 있는 내부 공간이 외부로 연결되며, 빛이라는 소재를 이용해 공간에 생명을 불어넣고 사용자들의 길잡이가 되어 주기도 한다. 이들이 도시 환경을 관찰하는 능력과 그 섬세함은 가히 최고라 할 수 있다. 이에 심사위원 저스틴 스테판 브라이어는 “파렐과 맥나마라는 세계 인구의 절반 이상이 도시에 거주하면서 생기는 문제를 건축가로서 어떻게 풀어나갈지 깊이 고민한다. 그들의 작품에 그 흔적이 고스란히 드러난다”고 평가했다.

프리츠커 심사위원은 “적절한 곳에 기념적이고 상징적인 디자인을 더함과 동시에, 사용자에게 소속감을 부여하는 아늑하고 친밀한 공간까지 놓치지 않는 두 건축가의 너무 장황하지도 않고, 너무 가볍지도 않은 진솔함을 높이 샀다”고 말했다.


©Ros Kavanagh

Loreto Community School, 2006, Milford, Ireland
Located in the small town of Milford, in County Donegal, the Loreto Community School serves over 700 students and features four main components—a dining/assembly area which is surrounded by a technology wing, classroom block and athletic hall. The building’s undulating zinc roof echos the sloping dramatic landscape of the site and “light and air are drawn in between the folds of this undulation.”
The different wings are positioned as a pinwheel and create multiple outdoor “rooms” that are protected from winds and can be used in numerous ways by students, faculty and staff. The teaching areas, which vary in size and volume, allow light to enter from different sources. Using natural light to animate spaces, reflect the passage of time and connect the exterior and interiors is constant in the work of Grafton Architects.


The Pritzker judges, based in Chicago, Illinois, praised Farrell and McNamara for their “honest” approach to architecture, which eschews “grand or frivolous gestures”, saying: “they have managed to create buildings that are monumental institutional presences when appropriate, but even so they are zoned and detailed in such a way as to produce more intimate spaces that create community within”.

McNamara and Farrell are female trailblazers, only the fourth and fifth women to have won the award in its history, following in the footsteps of Zaha Hadid, Kazuyo Sejima and Carme Pigem. The jury described the pair as “pioneers in a field that has traditionally been and still is a male-dominated profession, they are also beacons to others as they forge their exemplary professional path…in a way that clearly reflects the objectives of the Pritzker Prize: to recognize the art of architecture and consistent service to humanity as evidenced through a body of built work”.


©Ros Kavanagh

Urban Institute of Ireland, 2002, Dublin, Ireland
Situated at the edge of a cluster of university facilities, the Urban Institute of Ireland (UII) at University College Dublin brings together engineers, planners, architects, geographers, economists and scientists to find innovative ways of tackling the challenges of sustainable development. Designed to encourage integrative discourse, “a balance was sought between the academic tradition of the solitary scholar and the urgent need for interdisciplinary engagement if contemporary urban issues are to be addressed in a realistic way.”
Terracotta tiles, red brick and granite plinths form the “crafted skin” of this sustainable structure to create a visually interesting building through changes in materials. The building features a double-height ground floor that is comprised of laboratories and research rooms, stratified in an east-west orientation, while the upper level skylights feature north-west alignment, creating a contrasting grid and giving rise to a surprising and interesting degree of spatial complexity.


파렐과 맥나마라는 자하 하디드, 카즈요 세지마, 그리고 카르메 피젬의 뒤를 이어 프리츠커상을 수상한 4번째 및 5번째 여성 건축가로 기록되었다. 심사위원단은 두 건축가를 “전통적으로 남성이 우세한 건축계의 선구자이며, 모범적으로 경력을 쌓아가며 사람들에게 희망의 불빛이 되고 있다”고 평가하면서, “건축의 아름다움을 널리 알리고 건축을 통해 인류에 지속적으로 헌신하는 태도가 프리츠커상의 목적에 부합한다”고 덧붙였다.

두 건축가는 수상 소감에서 “건축은 인간에게 삶의 뼈대를 제공한다. 정착할 곳을 제공할 뿐만 아니라 그 무엇으로도 대체할 수 없는 사람과 세상 사이의 연결 고리 역할을 한다”며, “건축은 지구상에서 가장 복잡하고 중요한 문화 활동이고, 건축가가 된다는 것은 엄청난 특권이다. 이 상은 건축을 향한 우리의 신념을 한층 더 굳건하게 해주는 계기가 되었다”고 밝혔다.

The pair have worked not only as architects but as educators at a number of global architecture schools including University College Dublin, Harvard, Yale and EPFL in Lausanne. They were the curators of the 2018 Venice Biennale on the theme of ‘FREESPACE’.

In response to the award, McNamara said: “Architecture is a framework for human life. It anchors us and connects us to the world in a way which possibly no other space-making discipline can.” Farrell said: “Architecture could be described as one of the most complex and important cultural activities on the planet…To be an architect is an enormous privilege. To win this prize is a wonderful endorsement of our belief in architecture”.

Farrell and McNamara were described as having integrity in the way they manage their practice and generosity towards their colleagues.