5 Finalists announced for the EU Mies Award 2017, Prize for Contemporary Architecture

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The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe have announced today the five finalists which will compete for the 2017 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award.

The five finalists are:

Name of work: deFlatKleiburg, Amsterdam, NL
Offices: NL Architects and XVW architectuur, Amsterdam
Authors: Walter van Dijk (NL) and Xander Vermeulen Windsant (NL)

© Foto: StijnSpoelstra

© Foto: StijnSpoelstra

Name of work: Ely Court, London, UK
Office: Alison Brooks Architects, London
Authors: Alison Brooks (UK)

© Foto: Paul Riddle

© Foto: Paul Riddle

Name of work: Kannikegĺrden, Ribe, DK
Office: Lundgaard &Tranberg Architects, Copenhagen
Authors: LeneTranberg (DK) and Boje Lundgaard (DK)

© Photo: Anders Sune Berg

© Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Name of work: Katyn Museum, Varsovia, PL
Office: BBGK Architekci, Varsovia
Authors: Jan Belina-Brzozowski (PL) and Konrad Grabowiecki (PL)

© Photo: JuliuszSokołowski

© Photo: JuliuszSokołowski

Name of work: Rivesaltes Memorial Museum, Rivesaltes/Ribesaltes, FR
Office: Rudy Ricciotti, Bandol
Authors: Rudy Ricciotti (FR)

© Photo: Kevin Dolmaire

© Photo: Kevin Dolmaire

Stephen Bates, architect and Chairman of the Jury declared: “Our instincts could be summed up by the words of Peter Smithson: ‘things need to be ordinary and heroic at the same time’. We were looking for an ordinariness whose understated lyricism is full of potential’.”

Malgorzata Omilanowska, art historian, former Minister of Culture in Poland and member of the Jury, highlighted: “social housing, memory and the problem of context and new constructions in the old city centres have proven to be important to us as a Jury. The finalist works show the problematic of our time; what has happened in the last year reveals the really deep problem of populism and the lack of memory. These 5 projects show the problem that we face as citizens, not only as architecture specialists, but as members of today's society.

Anna Ramos, Director of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, underlined: “The Jury's selection consolidates the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award as a strategic element by which to promote research into, debate on and dissemination of contemporary architecture in Europe. Issues such as collective housing, the complexity of the European city - both contemporary and historical - and the ability of architecture to create symbolic spaces provide us with the opportunity to extend the debate on the finalist works beyond architectural circuits, because they respond to the concerns of today's European society.

Last February 16, the 5 Finalist works were presented in Ljubljana by Anna Ramos, Hughes Becquart - Policy Officer at the European Comission, DG Education and Culture - and Matevž Čelik, Director of the Museum of Architecture and Design, MAO. This event took place at the opening of the Future Architecture Platform Conference organized by MAO and supported by the Creative Europe program of the European Commission. Anna Ramos presented the ATLAS featuring the panorama of all the previous editions of the EU Mies Award.

On 16 May the name of the 2017 Award Winners will be announced at a special event in Brussels.

One of the novelties this year is that between 20 and 28 May, the 4 Finalist works, the Winner and the Emerging Architect buildings will be open to the public to visit and know in situ the works, the architects and other people involved in the organization of the Prize.

Another novelty is that the Award Ceremony at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion on May 26, will be organized in the context of a series of debates and conferences, oriented to all audiences. There will also be the presentation of the publication with all the nominated projects for the 2017 Prize, the exhibition and an evening celebration open to everybody.

Source: Fundació Mies Van der Rohe

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