The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) is thrilled to announce that the Gabriel García Márquez Library, a project by Faculty, SUMA Arquitectura, Elena Orte, and Guillermo Sevillano, has been awarded the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Awards (EUmies Awards) 2024 in the Emerging Architecture category. SUMA Arquitectura is a faculty member in the Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings & Biocities (MAEBB) programme. 

Gabriel García Márquez library, SUMA Arquitectura. Photo by Jesús Granada

This prestigious recognition, Europe’s foremost contemporary architecture award, acknowledges the dedication of Elena Orte and Guillermo Sevillano to the research and creation of spaces that transcend convention and enrich community life. The award, organized by the Mies van der Rohe Foundation and the European Commission, rewards the best new European works every two years and is considered the most prestigious prize dedicated to excellence in contemporary architecture.

Gabriel García Márquez library, SUMA Arquitectura. Photo by Jesús Granada

About the Gabriel García Márquez Library

The library acts at the scale of the city, contributing to the transformation of the neighbourhood by opening up as a new exterior and interior public space. This wooden structure unfolds as a rich sequence of monumental and domestic spaces that welcome neighbours and citizens, providing them with comfortable atmospheres and community engagement. With meticulous attention to detail, the authors have thoroughly for learning, teamwork, examined and pushed the library programme to its fullest potential.



MAEBB is an 11-month immersive academic program focused on learning how to design and build a new generation of buildings and cities to respond to the planet’s emerging climate challenges.

The program is carried out in Valldaura Labs, in Barcelona, a 135 He property located in the Collserola forest. The students live and work surrounded by nature while using the most advanced technologies and design techniques in the pursuit of what is also IAAC’s long term initiative, to create self-sufficient and ecological environments.

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