Cultural Centre Casal Balaguer
© Adrià Goula
Flores & Prats is an architecture office from Barcelona, dedicated to confront theory and academic practice with design and construction activity. After their experience at Enric Miralles’ office, Ricardo Flores and Eva Prats have developed a career where research has been always linked to the responsibility to make and to build. The office has worked on rehabilitation of old structures for new occupations, as well as on neighbours' participation in the design process of urban public spaces, and on social housing and its capacity to create community. But they have also experienced using film to document architecture, or with menus of edible architecture for their exhibitions in Barcelona and Copenhagen as a way to bring their work closer to a broader public. The work of Flores & Prats is widely awarded, published and exhibited. They have been part of the Wallpaper Directory of Emerging Offices in 2007, obtained the Grand Award for the Best Work in Architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts in London 2009 for the rehabilitation project Mills Museum in Palma de Mallorca and the International Award Dedalo Minosse of Vicenza 2011 for the New Campus for Microsoft in Milan. Their work on rehabilitation Cultural Centre Casal Balaguer, exhibited at the Biennale di Architettura di Venezia 2014, has just been nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2015. Ricardo and Eva are both professors at the School of Architecture of Barcelona, and have been invited professors to several universities around the world.