What are the best European buildings? Following the years of a boom in museums, for the first time the prizes are being awarded to two housing developments.
Every two years the exhibition ‘Europe’s best Buildings’ puts the focus on exceptional building projects in Europe, and it has become a crowd-puller. Projects are awarded prizes whose innovative character serves as orientation, even as manifestos, for the development of contemporary architecture. This year’s prize and the exhibition feature two convincing, ground-breaking winners from the housing sector: DeFlat Kleiburg in Amsterdam by NL architects together with XVW Architectuur, as well as the Emerging Architect Award winner, Navez social housing in Brussels by MSA/V+. Of the 355 nominated projects from 36 European countries, a total of 40 projects were selected for the exhibition by a high-calibre jury. Among the 5 finalists are, inter alia, projects by Rudy Ricciotti and Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects. The exhibition is supplemented by a presentation of the 18 nominated projects with Austrian participants.
An exhibition by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe – Barcelona
Hannes Swoboda, President Az W
Angelika Fitz, Director Az W
Ivan Blasi, Curator of programmes and prizes, Fundació Mies van der Rohe
Hatto Käfer, Policy officer of the Representation of the European Commission in Austria