Europe’s best Buildings. Mies van der Rohe Award 2009
European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture
An exhibition by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe — Barcelona
Speakers at the opening:
Dietmar Steiner, director of the Az W, welcome address
Diane Gray, curator of the exhibition
The Mies van der Rohe Award is granted every two years by the European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona. The aim of the prize is to acknowledge and reward projects whose innovative character serves as orientation or even as a manifesto in the development of contemporary architecture. Furthermore, the award is intended to inspire architects to accept the entire European Union as the arena for their work and to support aspiring young architects at the outset of their careers.
Five finalists have been selected from the 340 projects nominated by experts from all over Europe — the distinguished jury was finally convinced by the Norwegian architects Snøhetta with the Oslo Opera House. The Emerging Architect Special Mention went to STUDIO UP in 2009 (Lea Pelivan and Toma Plejic) for the Gymnasium 46° 09′ N / 16° 50′ E in Koprivnica, Croatia. A total of 50 buildings from throughout Europe are presented with plans and photographs and, in particular, numerous models.
The touring exhibition is supplemented by a presentation of the 14 Austrian projects nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award.
Summer party at the Az W
To mark the opening of ‘Best of Europe. Mies van der Rohe Award 2009’ the Az W is celebrating its now traditional summer party with beer and sausages in the cosy setting of the Architekturzentrum Wien courtyard.
Geschäftsgruppe Stadtentwicklung und Verkehr
Bundesministerium für Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur
Geschäftsgruppe Kultur und Wissenschaft
Sponsor: ARCHITECTURE LOUNGE