Church by AGi Architects wins WAF award for religious building category

Kuwait and Spain-based architecture firm AGi Architects has won the First Prize at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in the Completed Buildings Religious category.

La Ascension del Senor Church, located in Seville, Spain won against four other finalists including the Netherlands and Singapore.

The work for the Catholic church was completed in September 2013 and is part of a newly-established residential area in Seville.

“We are very pleased to have succeeded in conveying the values of our project to the jury, those which have inspired us to develop a contemporary religious building designed from economical saving and sustainability premises, a simple and efficient building providing the neighborhood with a landmark,” said Joaquin Perez-Goicoechea, co-founding partner of the firm, who presented the project in Singapore.

“Our goal has been to devise a church that is very close to the community, creating a meeting and fraternization place in order to develop both spiritual and welfare tasks.”

AGi Architects is led by Joaquin Perez-Goicoechea and Kuwaiti Nasser Abulhasan whose other projects include a Kuwait government complex as well as various residential projects, one of them being a commissioned modernist beach house in Kuwait.