Finalists For The Mies van der Rohe Award 2022
People who live in social housing in Spain and the Town House that won the Stirling Prize are two of the five finalists for this year’s Mies van der Rohe Award for architecture.
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The European Union and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe jointly administer the prize, which is presented biannually to the best architectural project completed in Europe during the preceding two years.
For the 2022 edition, the award programme will also recognise projects completed as recently as 2.5 years ago, due to the event’s being delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Among this year’s finalists are Peris+Toral Arquitectes’ timber social housing scheme in Spain, Deadline’s Frizz23 co-working space in Germany, and Grand Huit and Melanie Drevet Paysagiste’s urban agriculture facility, The Railway Farm, in France.
The Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Design, and Architecture in Belgium by Francesca Torzo also made the cut, alongside the Grafton Architects-designed Town House at Kingston University in the UK that recently won the 2021 RIBA Stirling prize.
This year’s jury included Francesca Ferguson, founder of the MakeCity Festival; Georg Pendl, CEO of Pendlarchitects; and Mia Hägg, founder of Habiter Autrement.
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According to the panel, the five finalists were chosen because they serve as “models and references for local city policies.”
Prizes for the best-completed project by a young architect will also be given, with the Enrico Fermi School in Italy and La Borda in Spain as finalists.
The biannual award is named after Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, a modernist architect.
The jury added that “the works also emphasise the productive and self-sufficient city as a pedagogical concept, elevating the space we inhabit and use.”
They are also the result of well-developed construction processes and attention to detail: a dignifying of everyday architecture, a dialogue between monumentality, education, and heritage.
Finalists were chosen from a pool of 40 projects announced in January 2022. In March, the jury will visit all five projects to select a winner.
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The architecture prize and emerging architect prize winners will be announced in late April, ahead of the award ceremony on May 12, 2022, at Barcelona’s Mies van der Rohe Pavilion.
The previous winners of the EU Mies Award were Frédéric Druot Architecture, Lacaton & Vassal Architectes, and Christophe Hutin Architecture for their renovation of 1960s housing in France.
Other winners include Poland’s Szczecin Philharmonic Hall by Barozzi Veiga, Iceland’s Harpa Concert and Conference Centre by David Chipperfield, and Berlin’s Neus Museum by David Chipperfield.
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