Winner of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies Van Der Rohe Award 2015 announced
At a ceremony in Barcelona on Friday 8 May 2015, the Szczecin Philharmonic Hall by a duo of architects Alberto Veiga and Fabrizio Barozzi, in collaboration with Studio A4, was announced as the winner of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2015.
The Szczecin Philharmonic Hall is the first ever Polish building to reach the Mies van der Rohe Award finals and it is Barozzi / Veiga’s first built work in Poland. Located in the heart of a city which suffered significant damage during World War Two, the hall was constructed on the historical site of the demolished old Konzerthaus.
The winner was chosen from a list of 420 works from 36 European nations and the five selected finalists included the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre - London School of Economics, in London, by O'Donnell + Tuomey.
The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award emphasises the contribution of the European architects to the progress of new ideas and technologies in the contemporary urban environment. Presented for the first time in 1987 and co-financed by Creative Europe (previously the EU’s Culture Programme) and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, it has become the most prestigious prize of European architecture. The prize is awarded every two years to works that have been finished during the previous two years.
At the same ceremony in Barcelona, The Emerging Architect Award, the only prize of its kind in Europe recognising emerging architects, was awarded to Casa Luz (Luz House) in Cilleros, Cáceres,Spain, built by the architecture company Arquitectura-g.
Photo: Interior of The Szczecin Philharmonic Hall by Barozzi / Veiga. Photo by Simon Menges
11 May 2015