By James Bryce
AN innovative Spanish building has seen off fierce competition to win the world’s top architecture prize.
The Media-TIC was crowned World Building of the Year 2011 at the World Architecture Festival Awards (WAF) held in its home city of Barcelona.
The cube-like structure – which will provide space for companies, research and training – was picked from 16 finalists by a panel of industry experts.
Located in the city’s @22Barcelona creative district, the project was designed by Spanish architects Cloud 9 with an emphasis on its green credentials, which include solar panels on the roof, sun filters and smart sensors to increase energy efficiency.
In his acceptance speech, Cloud 9 architect Enric Ruiz-Geli said the building should act as a seed for an environmental revolution.
The competition, now in its fourth year, attracted over 700 submissions from 59 different countries.
Other Spanish entries included Madrid’s new Coca Cola HQ and a Tenerife-based medical centre.