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Pritzker Winners. For the first time in history, the 2017 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the architectural equivalent of the Nobel Prize, has been awarded to three architects simultaneously. The Spanish trio of Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, and Ramon Vilalta have worked together seamlessly for nearly 30 years to create some of the world’s most exquisite buildings. Architectural Record provides a look into the Catalonian trio that’s on top of the architectural world.

Renovated Fortress. Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill took what was once a cement factory near Barcelona and turned it into an amazing 3,100 square meter home and studio. The original factory, which was built after World War I, showcases varied styles from Brutalist to Surrealist, all with an industrial flair and growing gardens. An immense amount of work went into uncovering hidden rooms, creating new spaces, and closing off the more dangerous areas of the facility to make the defunct factory a unique place to live, work, and entertain. Take a glimpse of the stunning rooms, exteriors, gardens, and renovations of La Fabrica at

Architectural Pilgrimage. Gawking at a building’s features on Instagram never compares to experiencing it first-hand. There are dozens of classic European cities with historic architecture for sight-seers, but some gems may lie just outside the normal path. has rounded up some great travel destinations for the architectural enthusiast that range from a glass house in New Canaan, Connecticut, to fire stations in Indiana and across the globe in Brazil, Mexico, Portugal, and Azerbaijan.

Living Well.  After focusing on environmental health in building construction, the green building industry has evolved into considering the health of the building occupant with the WELL Building Standard. The certification comes from the International WELL Building Institute in partnership with the Green Building Certification Institute and takes aim at concepts that create a healthy lifestyle with seven wellness areas for air, mind, water, nourishment, light, fitness, and comfort. BuilderOnline has more on the first buildings that focus on the well-being of occupants.

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