Ruiz-Larrea has been nominated for the prestigious Mies Van der Rohe awards. Carabanchel 34 is a promotion of 25 protected rental homes. It is the first public housing development in the entire Community of Madrid that has received the 'Passivhaus' certificate, a construction standard created in 1988 by the German physicist Wolfgang Feist and the Swedish physicist Bo Ada Asociados studio, is one of 449 projects from 41 countries competing in the Mies van der Rohe, also known as the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture.
The aim of the award is to draw attention to the important contribution of European architects to the development of new ideas and technologies. Likewise, it offers citizens and public institutions an opportunity to better understand the cultural role of architecture in the construction of European cities. The award will be announced in April 2022. The five principles that govern a 'Passivhaus' construction (excellent thermal insulation, high-performance carpentry, absence of thermal bridges, air tightness and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery) make Carabanchel 34 a building with almost zero energy consumption.