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European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2007

Barcelona, April 2007

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Awarded Work

MUSAC – Contemporary Art Museum of Castilla y León
MUSAC - Museo de arte contemporáneo de Castilla y León
León, España
Luis M. Mansilla, Emilio Tuñón
Mansilla + Tuñón

On a vast urban plan, MUSAC draws the scenario for art with the same optimistic attitude used by the Roman surveyors to sketch their cities in the landscape. In contrast to other types of museums that focus on the exhibition of frozen historic collections, MUSAC is a living space that opens its doors to the wide-ranging manifestations of contemporary art. This is an art centre that constructs a set of chessboards on which the action is the protagonist of the space; a structure that develops from an open system, formed by a fabric of squares and rhombi, and permitting the construction of a secret geography of memory.

MUSAC is a new space for culture, regarded as something that visualises the connections between man and nature.

A cluster of chained but independent rooms permit exhibitions of differing sizes and types. Each of the jaggedly shaped rooms constructs a continuous yet spatially differentiated area that opens onto the other rooms and courtyards, providing longitudinal, transversal and diagonal views. Five hundred prefab beams enclose a series of spaces that feature systematic repetition and formal expressiveness.

Outside, the public space takes on a concave shape to hold the activities and encounters, embraced by large coloured glass in homage to the city as the place for interpersonal relationships. Inside, a large area of continuous, different spaces, spattered with courtyards and large skylights, shapes an expressive system that speaks to us of the interest shared by architecture and art: the contemporary manifestation of the variable and the perennial, of equality and difference, of universality and transience, an echo of our own diversity and equality as people.

In its size, as a single-storey building with white concrete walls and large coloured glazing seen from the outside, MUSAC strives to be a space where art is at ease and helps to erase the boundaries between private and public; between work and leisure; and between art and life.

MUSAC - Contemporary Art Museum of Castilla y León Credits
Client: Castilla y León Regional Goverment, Gesturcal SA
Collaborators: Andres Regueiro, Ainoa Prats, Clara Moneo, Jaime Gimeno, Katrien Vertenten, Luis Diaz Mauriño, Matilde Peralta, Ricardo Lorenzana, Teresa Cruz
Technical Architects: Arcadio Conde, Juan Carlos Corona, Santiago Hernán
Consultants: JG Asociados
Structural Engineering: Gogaite / Alfonso Gomez Gaite
Construction Company: MUSAC UTE, FCC & TECONSA

Luis M. Mansilla and Emilio Tuñón Curriculum Vitae
1990 Office of Mansilla+Tuñón established in Madrid

Luis M. Mansilla
1959 Born in Madrid
1982 Diploma in Architecture, Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM)
1984 Prix de Rome, Academia Española de Bellas Artes, Roma
Since 1989 Professor, ETSAM
1998 Doctorate, ETSAM
1998 Visiting Professor, Städelschule, Frankfurt
2005 Visiting Professor, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
2006 Elliott Noyes Professor, Graduate School of Design (GSD), Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Emilio Tuñón
1959 Born in Madrid
1981 Diploma in Architecture, ETSAM
Since 1986 Professor, ETSAM
1998 Visiting Professor, Städelschule, Frankfurt
2000 Visiting Professor, Universidad Politécnica de Puerto Rico
2005 Visiting Professor, EPFL
2006 Elliott Noyes Professor, GSD

Major Competitions
2002 1st Prize: Cantabria Museum, Vaguada de las Llamas, Spain
2002 1 st Prize: Royal Collection Museum, Madrid
2003 1st Prize: Masterplan of Valbuena Area, Logroño, Spain
2004 1st Prize: Lalín City Council, Spain
2005 1st Prize: Helga de Alvear Visual Arts Centre, Cáceres, Spain

Awards and Distinctions
2001 Premi FAD: Castellón Fine Arts Museum, Spain
2002 III Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura: Prize for Publications - CIRCO
2003 Premio Nacional de Arquitectura Española: León Auditorium
2005 Premio ENOR: MUSAC
2006 Premio VIA

Major Works
1996 Zamora Museum, Spain
1998 Indoor Swimming Pool, San Fernando de Henares, Spain
2000 Castellón Fine Arts Museum, Spain
2002 León Auditorium
2002 Regional Documentary Centre, Madrid

Emerging Architect Special Mention

Faculty of Mathematics
Fakulteta za matematiko
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Matija Bevk, Vasa J. Perovic
Bevk Perovic arhitekti

The new building for the Faculty of Mathematics, built in the University area of the city of Ljubljana, is not a building in a standard sense of the word. It is, in fact, an addition, a three-storey slab built on top of the existing two-storey building. The design concept is based on the development of the idea of public spaces as a series of transparent 'rooms', carved out of the building mass and hovering above the city.

At first glance a formally simple architecture is precisely formulated, whether one looks at the programmatic organisation or at the tactile treatment of surfaces. The elegant glass skin, screenprinted with different densities of the same pattern, articulates the programmatic structure behind (different densities of the pattern correspond to different lighting conditions).

Simultaneously, seemingly random prints appear as if they are forming together an independent overall surface of the building. Only the public and communal spaces of the school have a glass skin without a printed pattern, thus establishing a dialogue between the interior and the city beyond.

Faculty of Mathematics Credits
Client: University of Ljubljana
Collaborators: Maja Valic, Nika Prešeren, Robert Loher
Structure: Elea iC / Angelo Žigon, Marko Pavlinek, Jana Pribakovic
Mechanical: Celarc / Tomi Celarc
Electrical: Eldata / Borut Glavnik
Management: Loka Invest
Construction Companies: GPG (General Contractor), Reflex (Elevation)

Matija Bevk and Vasa J. Perovic Curriculum Vitae
1997 Office of Bevk Perovic Arhitekti established in Ljubljana

Matija Bevk
1972 Born in Ljubljana
1999 Diploma in Architecture, Fakulteta za Arhitekturo, Univerza v Ljubljani

Vasa J. Perovic
1965 Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia
1992 Diploma in Architecture, Arhitektonski Fakultet, Belgrade
1994 Master of Architecture, Berlage Institute, Amsterdam

Major Competitions
1998 2nd Prize: National Opera and Ballet, Ljubljana
1998 2nd Prize: City Museum, Ljubljana
2002 1st Prize: Social Housing, Maribor, Slovenia
2005 1st Prize: Nonprofit Housing Brdo, Ljubljana
2006 2nd Prize: Social Housing Polje II, Ljubljana

Awards and Distinctions
2005 Prešeren Award – National Prize for Culture: Works 2002-05
2005 Plecnik Prize for Architecture: Social Housing Polje, Ljubljana
2005 Piranesi Award: Social Housing Polje
2006 Golden Pencil, Slovenian Chamber of Architects: Student Housing Poljane, Ljubljana
2006 Kunstpreis Berlin Förderungspreis 2006, Akademie der Künste, Germany

Major Works
2003 Royal Dutch Embassy Residence, Ljubljana
2004 House SB, Ljubljana
2005 Social Housing Polje, Ljubljana
2006 House H, Ljubljana
2006 Student Housing Poljane, Ljubljana


In addition to the MUSAC, the jury of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2007, chaired by architect Ricky Burdett and formed by Peter Cachola Schmal, Beth Galí, Bettina Götz, Luis Fernández Galiano, Ellen van Loon, Mohsen Mostafavi, Francis Rambert, Dietmar Steiner and Lluís Hortet as secretary, selected six other finalists as candidates for the Award, one of the most important and prestigious on the international architecture scene. This selection is a faithful reflection of the principal objective underlying the Award, namely to acknowledge excellent and innovative projects characterised by high-quality construction.

Sines Arts Centre, Sines, Portugal
Centro de Artes de Sines
Francisco Aires Mateus, Manuel Aires Mateus / Aires Mateus e Associados

Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany
Ben van Berkel / UNStudio

America’s Cup Building, Valencia, Spain
Edifici Veles e Vents
David Chipperfield / David Chipperfield Architects
Fermín Vázquez / b720 Arquitectos

Phæno Science Centre, Wolfsburg, Germany
Zaha Hadid / Zaha Hadid Architects

School for Management, Bordeaux, France
Pôle universitaire de sciences de gestion
Anne Lacaton, Jean Philippe Vassal / Lacaton & Vassal Architectes

National Choreographic Centre, Aix-en-Provence, France
Centre chorégraphique nationale
Rudy Ricciotti / Rudy Ricciotti architecte

Sines Arts Centre
Centro de Artes de Sines
Sines, Portugal
Francisco Aires Mateus, Manuel Aires Mateus
Aires Mateus e Associados

The Art Centre is situated at the start of the main street linking the town of Sines to the sea and marking the traditional entrance to the historic nucleus. The wide-raging programme - including exhibition rooms, a library, theatre and a documentation centre - calls for the whole site to be occupied, enveloping the street below ground level and adapting its exterior volume to the monumental scale of the castle walls. The four modules are set out on the upper floors in parallel bands interspersed with patios. The decks were hung from a bridge-like structure supported on the perimetral walls alone. This system allows a spatial configuration on the basement level that is adapted to the dimensions of the common areas and at street level it guarantees an unbroken view across the inside of the building, thereby including its activities in the daily life of the town.

1988 Office of Aires Mateus & Associados established in Lisbon

Manuel Aires Mateus
1963 Born in Lisbon
1986 Diploma in Architecture, Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (FAUTL)
1986-98 Professor, FAUTL
Since 1997 Professor, Universidade Lusíada de Lisboa
Since 1998 Professor, Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa (UAL)
2001-06 Visiting Professor, Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio (AAM)
2002-06 Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Design (GSD), Harvard University, Cambridge
2005 Visiting Professor, Fakulteta za Arhitekturo, Univerza v Ljubljani, Ljubljana

Francisco Aires Mateus
1964 Born in Lisbon
1987 Diploma in Architecture, FAUTL
1998-06 Professor, UAL
2001-06 Visiting Professor, AAM
2002-04 Visiting Professor, GSD

Major Works
2002 Commercial Centre Carmen Frova, Venice
2003 New Lisbon Central Library
2003 Hotel and Apartment Buildings, Dublin
2005 Hotel and Housing Facilities, Óbidos, Portugal
2006 Aquapura Touristic Resort, Otsevo, FYROM

Mercedes-Benz Museum
Stuttgart, Germany
Ben van Berkel

The Mercedes-Benz Museum intricately combines structure and content. The Museum is specifically devised to showcase a collection in which technology, adventure, attractiveness and distinction are merged. It is also a Museum for people to freely move through. Lastly, it is a Museum for the city, a new landmark to celebrate the enduring passion of Stuttgart’s most famous inventor and manufacturer. The structure of the 25,000 m² museum is based on a trefoil; both in its internal organisation and in its outward expression this geometry responds to the car-driven context of the Museum. In its materialisation the museum reproduces the values that we associate with Mercedes-Benz: technological advancement, intelligence, and stylishness.

1988 Office of UNStudio established in Amsterdam

Ben van Berkel
1957 Born in Utrecht
1987 Diploma in Architecture, Architectural Association (AA), London
1991-93 Visiting Professor, Columbia University, New York
1997-99 Master of Architecture, AA
2000 Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Design (GSD), Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
2000-02 Visiting Professor, Princeton University, Princeton
2001 Professor of Conceptual Design, Staedelschule, Frankfurt am Main

Major Works
1996 Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam
1998 Mobius House, Het Gooi, The Netherlands
1999 Het Valkhof Museum, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
2002 Electrical Substation, Innsbruck, Austria
2004 Galleria Department Store, Seoul, South Korea

America’s Cup Building
Edifici Veles e Vents
Valencia, Spain
David Chipperfield / David Chipperfield Architects
Fermín Vázquez / b720 Arquitectos

The centrepiece of the reorganisation of Valencia's industrial port, the Veles e Vents building provides a central base for all America's Cup teams and sponsors, as well as being a venue for the public to view the races. The 10,000 m² four-floor building is composed of a series of stacked and shifting horizontal planes that provide shade and uninterrupted views extending out to sea. The ground floor acts as the reception area for the VIP facilities and has a canal-facing restaurant open to the public. The first floor is public with retail facilities and a generous viewing deck that connects to the park. The second and third floors house the VIP facilities: including the restaurant 'Foredeck Club'. The building is a concrete structure with deep cantilevered floor slabs creating the unobstructed and shaded viewing decks that surround all the floors which are connected with large external staircases and ramps.

1984 Office of David Chipperfield Architects established in London

David Chipperfield
1953 Born in London
1977 Diploma in Architecture, Architectural Association, London
1987-88 Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Design (GSD), Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1992 Visiting Professor, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria
1993-94 Visiting Professor, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
1995-2001 Professor, Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Kunst, Stuttgart
2001 Mies van der Rohe Chair, Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona

Major Works
1997 River and Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames, UK
2002 Ernsting Service Centre, Coesfeld-Lette, Germany
2005 Villaverde Social Housing, Madrid
2006 Des Moines Public Library, Iowa
2006 Museum of Modern Literature, Marbach am Neckar, Germany

1997 Office of b720 Arquitectos established in Barcelona

Fermín Vázquez
1961 Born in Madrid
1987 Diploma in Architecture, Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid
2001 Mies van der Rohe Chair, Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona
2003 Workshop Tutor, École d’Architecture et Paisage de Bordeaux (with Xaveer de Geyter and Tania Concho)

Major Works
2001 MN19 Office Building, Barcelona
2004 Corporative Office Building for Indra’s Headquarters, Barcelona
2004 Fira Towers, Barcelona (with Toyo Ito)
2005 Agbar Tower, Barcelona (with J. Nouvel)
2005 Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia Extension, Madrid (with J. Nouvel)

Phæno Science Centre
Wolfsburg, Germany
Zaha Hadid
Zaha Hadid Architects

Located on a special site in the city of Wolfsburg the Phæno Science Centre is both the endpoint of a chain of important cultural buildings and a connecting link to the north bank of Volkswagen’s Autostadt. Volumetrically, the building is structured so that it maintains a large degree of transparency and porosity on the ground since the main volume of the exhibition space is raised, thus covering an outdoor public plaza with commercial and cultural functions residing in the structural concrete cones. Multiple threads of pedestrian and vehicular movement are pulled through the site both on an artificial ground landscape and inside the building, effectively composing an interface of movement paths. The predominant use of individually fabricated formwork elements and cast-in-situ concrete have made possible the jagged angles, looming curves, fractured planes and daring protrusions that characterise the building.

1979 Office of Zaha Hadid Architects established in London

Zaha Hadid
1950 Born in Baghdad, Iraq
1971 Diploma in Mathematics, American University, Beirut, Lebanon
1977 Diploma in Architecture, Architectural Association (AA), London
1977-86 Unit Master, AA
1987-93 Visiting Professor, Columbia University, New York
1988-93 Kenzo Tange Chair, Graduate School of Design (GSD), Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Since 2004 Professor, Universität für angewandte Kunst, Vienna
2000, 02, 04, 07 Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

Major Works
1993 Vitra Fire Station, Weil am Rhein, Germany
1999 Car Park and Terminus Hoenheim North, Strasbourg
2002 Bergisel Ski Jump, Innsbruck, Austria
2003 Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, Ohio
2005 Ordrupgaard Museum Extension, Copenhagen

School for Management
Pôle universitaire de sciences de gestion
Bordeaux, France
Anne Lacaton, Jean Philippe Vassal
Lacaton & Vassal Architectes

The spatial programme for the School of Management extends over four floors with the ground floor functioning as an initial level for the individual faculties. The main entrance leads directly to a large courtyard in the centre of the buiding from where independent vertical connections lead to the upper floors. On the first floor there are three lecture rooms which are glazed on the side facing the yards, as well as an information facility, a multimedia centre and classrooms for the basic courses. The floors above are divided into separate sections which house the various faculties, thus creating open spaces that allow additional natural light to reach the lower floors. The natural light is generous, controlled by the position of the louvres (open, closed, semi-closed), and all the rooms have a large view to the city or to the surrounding hill, or to the courtyards or patios. Continuous surrounding balconies with large containers of climbing roses, metal frames and screen railings enhance the facade on all floors.

1987 Office of Lacaton & Vassal Architectes established in Bordeaux
2000 Office moved to Paris

Anne Lacaton
1955 Born in Saint-Pardoux la Rivière, France
1980 Diploma in Architecture, École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture et de Paysage de Bordeaux (ENSAP)
1984 Diploma in Town Planning, Université de Bordeaux
2003, 06 Visiting Professor, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Jean Philippe Vassal
1954 Born in Casablanca, Morocco
1980 Diploma in Architecture, ENSAP, Bordeaux
1992-99 Professor, ENSAP, Bordeaux
2002-06 Visiting Professor, École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Versailles
2005 Visiting Professor, Peter Behrens School of Architecture, Düsseldorf

Major Works
2001 University of Arts and Human Sciences, Grenoble
2002 Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2002 Office Building, Nantes
2005 Social Housing, Mulhouse, France
2006 Hall for Trade Fairs and Exhibition Centre, Paris

National Choreographic Centre,
Centre chorégraphique nationale
Aix-en-Provence, France
Rudy Ricciotti
Rudy Ricciotti architecte

The new National Choreagraphic Centre is located on a sloping and rather constricted site outside of Aix-en-Provence’s historical centre in an area undergoing urban regeneration. The 3000 m² building accomodates the dance company of Angelin Preljocaj and consists of office areas and four dance studios along with a theatre with capacity for some 400 persons. Designed in accordance with seismic regulations, the programmatic need for open floors completely free of columns required the shift of the structural load to the facade. Known as the ‘Black Pavilion’ for the predominant use of this colour on both the interior and the exterior, the facade is characterised by massive structural members in black concrete that criss cross asymmetrically over the surface allowing natural light into the glazed volume underneath.

1980 Office of Rudy Ricciotti Architecte established in Bandol, France

Rudy Ricciotti
1952 Born in Algiers, Algeria
1975 Diploma in Architecture, École d’Ingeneurs de Genève
1980 Diploma in Architecture, École Superieure d’Architecture, Marseille
1995 Professor, École des Beaux Arts de Marseille
1997-98 Visiting Professor, École Spéciale d’Architecture de Paris

Major Works
1994 Concert and Sports Stadium, Vitrolles, France
1996 Secondary School, Saint Quen, France
2000 Nickolaïsal Philharmonic Hall, Potsdam, Germany
2003 Footbridge of Peace, Seoul, South Korea
2006 University Paris VII : Rehabilitation of ‘Les Grands Moulins’

The jury has also singled out a further 33 works that, by virtue of their exceptional quality, will be included in the exhibition and catalogue about the 2007 Award. The jury has selected works from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. A total of 272 projects from thirty two European countries finished between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2006 were proposed by a sizable group of independent international experts and the national associations of architects.

Works selected for exhibition and catalogue

Woermann Tower
Torre Woermann
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Iñaki Ábalos, Juan Herreros
Ábalos&Herreros arquitectos

Sea Organ
Morske orgulje
Zadar, Croatia
Nikola Bašic

Clonmel, Co.Tipperary, Ireland
Kevin Bates, Tom Maher
Architects Bates Maher

Housing in Trondheim
Trondheim, Norway
Geir Brendeland, Olav Kristoffersen
Brendeland & Kristoffersen Arkitekter

Brick House
London, United Kingdom
Adam Caruso, Peter St John
Caruso St John Architects

GlaxoSmithKline Day Nursery
Asilo per il Campus GlaxoSmithKline
Verona, Italy
Antonio Citterio, Patricia Viel
Antonio Citterio and Partners

Illa de la Llum Housing at Diagonal Mar
Habitatges Illa de la Llum a Diagonal Mar
Barcelona, Spain
Lluís Clotet, Ignacio Paricio
Clotet, Paricio i Associats

Economics Building, University of Ghent

Faculteit Economie, Universiteit Gent
Ghent, Belgium
Xaveer De Geyter/Xaveer De Geyter Architects
Stéphane Beel /Stéphane Beel Architecten

The Bridge
De Brug
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Chris de Jonge
JHK Architecten

Pedestrian Bridge Simone de Beauvoir
Passerelle Simone de Beauvoir
Paris, France
Dietmar Feichtinger
Feichtinger Architectes

Free University of Berlin
Freie Universität Berlin
Berlin, Germany
Norman Foster
Foster + Partners

New Trade Fair Milan
Nuova Fiera Milano
Milan, Italy
Massimiliano Fuksas

Lakeside Bath
Lido di Caldaro
Caldaro-Kaltern, Italy
Marie-Therese Harnoncourt, Ernst J. Fuchs
the next ENTERprise

Ecker Abu Zahra House
Ecker Abu Zahra Haus
Luftenberg, Austria
Gernot Hertl

VM Housing Complex
VM Husene
Ørestad, Denmark
Bjarke Ingels, Julien De Smedt

New Monastery for Cistercian Order on Tautra
Tautra Mariakloster
Tautra, Norway
Jan Olav Jensen, Børre Skodvin
Jensen & Skodvin Arkitektkontor

Intervention on Nasrid Wall and Surrounding Area
Intervención en la muralla nazarí y su entorno
Granada, Spain
Antonio Jiménez Torrecillas

Hotel Sotelia
Podcetrtek, Slovenia
Dean Lah, Milan Tomac

West School Complex
Groupe scolaire ouest
Obernai, France
Duncan Lewis
scape architecture

Jaume Fuster Library
Biblioteca Jaume Fuster
Barcelona, Spain
Josep Llinàs

Santa Caterina Market
Mercat de Santa Caterina
Barcelona, Spain
Enric Miralles, Benedetta Tagliabue
EMBT Arquitectes Associats

Shipping and Transport College
Scheepvaart en Transport College
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Willem-Jan Neutelings, Michiel Riedijk
Neutelings Riedijk Architects

Agbar Tower
Torre Agbar
Barcelona, Spain
Jean Nouvel / Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Fermín Vázquez / b720 Arquitectos

Kastrup Sea Bath
Kastrup Søbad
Kastrup, Copenhagen, Denmark
Fredrik Pettersson
hs white arkitekter a/s

Fran Krsto Frankopan Elementary School
Osnovna Skola Fran Krsto Frankopan
Krk, Croatia
Saša Randic, Idis Turato
randic-turato architects

New Area Terminal Madrid-Barajas (NAT)
Nueva area terminal del aeropuerto de Madrid-Barajas (NAT)
Madrid, Spain
Richard Rogers / Richard Rogers Partnership
Carlos Lamela / Estudio Lamela

Federal Environmental Agency
Dessau, Germany
Matthias Sauerbruch, Louisa Hutton
sauerbruch hutton architekten

Fluc 2, Music and Art Club, Transformation of a Pedestrian Underpass
Fluc 2. Musik und Kunstklub – Transformation einer Fußgängerunderpass
Vienna, Austria
Klaus Stattmann
Büro für Architektur und Forschung

SM House
Canakkale, Turkey
Han Tumertekin, Eylem Erdinc
Mimarlar Tasarim

Ecoboulevard of Vallecas
Ecobulevar de Vallecas
Madrid, Spain
José Luis Vallejo, Diego García-Setien, Belinda Tato
Ecosistema Urbano Arquitectos

Garden Pavilion for the Boxy Catering Company
Deurle, Belgium
Maarten Van Severen

Documentation Centre Hinzert
Dokumentationshaus Hinzert
Hinzert, Germany
Andrea Wandel, Wolfgang Lorch, Nikolaus Hirsch
Wandel Hoefer Lorch + Hirsch architekten

Background information 9 jury members

RICHARD BURDETT (United Kingdom) President of the jury
Architect. Centennial Professor in Architecture and Urbanism at the London School of Economics (LSE) and founding director of the LSE Cities Programme, a centre that explores links between architecture, urban design and urban society. Since 2007, Burdett is Principal Design Adviser to the Olympic Delivery Authority for the London 2012 Olympics, as well architectural adviser to the Mayor of London, member of the Greater London Authority's Architecture + Urbanism Unit and sits on the City of Barcelona's Quality Committee. He was the Director of the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale and has been a member of the Urban Task Force which has shaped current national policy on cities in Britain. He is architectural adviser to Tate Modern Gallery, the sole architectural adviser to the BBC and is a contributor to architectural publications writing regularly for the magazines Domus and Topos.

Architect. Director of Deutsches Architektur Museum (DAM) in Frankfurt. His most important exhibitions have been UNStudio: Evolution of Space (2006); Frankfurt Airport: Terminal 3 Competition Proposals; Kisho Kurokawa: Metabolism & Symbiosis; European Central Bank: Competition Proposals. Architectural critic and editor since 1994, he has produced 12 books, and written numerous articles in magazines and other publications. He has been Adjunct Professor for Design II at Fachhochschule Frankfurt-am-Main and Assistant Professor of building construction at Technische Universität Darmstadt.

Architect. Professor at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid. Editor of the journals AV/Arquitectura Viva, he has written on architecture for Spain’s leading newspaper, El País. A member of the Royal Academy of Doctors, he has been Cullinan Professor at Rice University; a Visiting Scholar at the Getty Center of Los Angeles; and Visiting Critic at Princeton, Harvard, and the Berlage Institute. He has taught courses at the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo and Universidad Complutense de Madrid. President of the jury for the 9th Venice Architecture Biennial and for the XV Chile Architecture Biennial, he has curated the exhibitions El espacio privado in Madrid and Extreme Eurasia in Tokyo, and has been on the jury of several international competitions. Among his books are La Quimera moderna, El Fuego y la memoria and Spain Builds, the latter in collaboration with New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

Architect. Architect. President of FAD (Association for the Promotion of the Decorative Arts). Since 1994, she has lectured in City Planning at the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona. She is also Visiting Lecturer at several European universities, such as Delft, Lausanne and Zurich. During the 2000-2001 academic year she was a guest lecturer at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. She has been awarded first prize in the following competitions: the development of public areas in Hafencity (Hamburg, Germany, 2006); for the remodelling of Cornmarket Street, Cork (Ireland, 2006); and for the urban development project of the Vía Augusta between Diagonal and Plaça Molina (Barcelona, 2006). She has 25 years experience in building, city planning and urban design projects, as well as in directing both building projects and civil works. She has curated several exhibitions and often collaborates with books and other publications.

Architect. Since 2006, she is Professor for Design and Building Construction at the Universität der Künste Berlin. She is partner with Richard Manahl in the architectural firm ARTEC established in Vienna in 1988. Principal works by ARTEC are the Pharmacy in Aspern, Vienna and the Zehdengasse School, Vienna. Their rban projects include Terraced Building Typology, Vienna and Apartment Buildings on Laxenburgerstrasse, Vienna. ARTEC has been awarded the City of Vienna Architecture Prize and the Aluminium Architecture Prize for Raum Zita Kern. The EFAFLEX office and industrial building in Baden, Austria was among the exemplary works chosen by the jury of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award 2005.

ELLEN VAN LOON (The Netherlands)
Architect. Joined the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in 1998 and became partner in OMA in 2002. She was Project Manager of the Casa da Musica in Porto, as well as the Dutch Embassy in Berlin, for which OMA and partner Rem Koolhaas was given the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award Award 2005. She was Project Architect for the development of the Universal Headquarters Building in Los Angeles, as well as for the MAB towers in Rotterdam. Prior to working with OMA, she spent several years working with Foster and Partners on the design of the Reichstag in Berlin.

Architect. Dean of the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University and the Arthur L. and Isabel B. Wiesenberger Professor of Architecture. Formerly Chairman of the Architectural Association in London, he has served on the design committee of the London Development Agency with Richard Rogers and Norman Foster among others and is currently involved as a consultant on a number of architectural and urban projects of international significance. He has been member of the RIBA Gold Medal Selection Committee and the Steering Committee of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. His architectural projects and research have been published in many journals including Architectural Review, AA Files, Arquitectura, Bauwelt, Casabella, Centre and Daidalos. Co-author of Architecture and Continuity (1983), Delayed Space (with Homa Farjadi, 1994) and On Weathering (with David Leatherbarrow, 1993), which received the American Institute of Architects’ commendation prize for architectural theory.

Journalist and critic. Director of Institut français d’architecture (Ifa), department of the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine in Paris. From 1990 to 2004, he wrote for the culture section of Le Figaro. Co-founder and editor-in-chief of d’Architectures magazine. He has published numerous articles on architecture and design in the specialised media including: Beaux Arts, Le Journal des Arts, and above all in Connaissance des Arts, where he is a regular contributor. Author of various books such as a monograph about Massimiliano Fuksas for Editions du Regard (1997), he has also curated exhibitions such as Bouge l’Architecture, Cities on the Move (Paris, 2002), and the architectural biennials in Buenos Aires (1998 and 2001) and in Rotterdam (2003).

Architect. Director of the Architekturzentrum, in Vienna (AZW). Professor in Architecture History and Theory at the Universität für angewandte Kunst in Vienna up to 1989. From 1995-99 he was editor-in-chief for architecture for Domus magazine and is author of numerous books and articles. Curator of the Austria Pavilion at the 2002 Architecture Biennal in Venice, he is currently President of the International Confederation of Architectural Museums (ICAM) and serves as a member of numerous juries and as a consultant on a variety of projects related with architecture and urban development.

LLUÍS HORTET (Barcelona), Secretary of the jury.
Director of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe

DIANE GRAY (Barcelona), Coordinator of the Award
Fundació Mies van der Rohe

Background Information

European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award

In 1987, the European Commission, together with the European Parliament and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, created the Mies van der Rohe Award for European Architecture. In 2001, as part of the Culture 2000 programme, this Award led to the creation of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture awarded every two years. The Award is awarded to recent works, less than two years old, produced in countries covered by the Culture 2000 programme1.

The purpose of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award is to acknowledge excellence and conceptual, technical and constructional innovation. The European Commission created the Award with the aim of fostering greater understanding, on the part of the public in general as well as institutions and the private sector, of architecture’s cultural role in the construction of European cities. Additional aims are to create professional opportunities for architects throughout the Union, as well as to provide support for young architects who have just embarked on their careers. To further this latter objective, the Award includes an Emerging Architect Special Mention.

The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award consists of a cash prize of €50,000, while the Emerging Architect Special Mention is endowed with €10,000. Along with the cash prizes, the winners will also be awarded with a sculpture by the Catalan artist Xavier Corberó inspired by the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, one of the 20th century’s major architectural works.

The works awarded the Award and the special mention along with all the works selected by the jury for their outstanding qualities are presented in an exhibition and published in the Award catalogue.

1 Member states of the European Union: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, United Kingdom; in addition the EEA/EFTA countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway; the acceding countries: Romania, Bulgaria,Turkey; and the candidate countries: Croatia and the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).

Previous Winners

Winner of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award

2005 Netherlands Embassy Berlin, Germany
Office for Metropolitan Architecture / Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon

2003 Car Park and Terminus Hoenheim North, Strasbourg, France
Zaha Hadid

2001 Kursaal Centre, San Sebastián, Spain
Rafael Moneo

Emerging Architect Special Mention

2005 BasketBar, Utrecht, The Netherlands
NL Architects / Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse, Mark Linnemann

2003 Scharnhauser Park Town Hall, Ostfildern, Germany
Jürgen Mayer H.

2001 Kaufmann Holz Distribution Centre, Bobingen, Germany
Florian Nagler

Winners of the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion Award for European Architecture:

1999 Bregenz Art Museum, Bregenz, Austria
Peter Zumthor

1997 Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France
Dominique Perrault

1994 Waterloo Station, London, United Kingdom
Nicholas Grimshaw / Nicholas Grimshaw & Associates

1992 Municipal Sports Stadium, Badalona, Spain
Esteve Bonell, Francesc Rius

1990 Stansted Airport Terminal, London, United Kingdom
Norman Foster / Norman Foster & Associates

1988 Banco Borges e Irmão, Vila do Conde, Portugal
Álvaro Siza Vieira

Exhibition and Catalogue

The Foundation is organising a traveling exhibition that will be presented in diverse museums and institutions. The contents of this exhibition include texts that explain the Award and its objectives; drawings and photographs of each work presented (the works awarded the Award and the Special Mention as well as the selection of the jury); and models. The approach of this exhibition is that it be highly didactic and provide ample information for both architectural professionals and students as well as the general public. A catalogue will also be published that includes extensive documentation about all the works selected by the jury along with articles by the members of the jury and institutional presentations. This catalogue as well as the traveling exhibition represents an important and unique panorama of the development of contemporary European architecture by serving as an anthology of some of the best work produced during 2005 and 2006.


Construmat (the International Construction Exhibition organised by the Fira (Trade Fair) of Barcelona) is the largest of its kind in Spain and one of the top three in Europe. The 2007 edition, which takes place May 14 – 19, is the largest ever, featuring 4.500 exhibitors from some 50 countries. In addition to being a showcase for the presentation of new construction products and techniques, the other major objective is to become an international forum for reflection and analysis on the future of building.

The Mies van der Rohe Pavilion and Fundació Mies van der Rohe

The Pavilion was built for the 1929 Barcelona World Exposition and disassembled the following year. Half a century later, and in view of the importance of the pavilion in terms of contemporary architectural history, the Barcelona City Council, with architect Oriol Bohigas at the head of its Urban Planning Department, decided to faithfully reconstruct the building. The project was carried out after extensive research by Ignasi de Solà-Morales, Cristian Cirici and Fernando Ramos between 1983 and 1986 on the Pavilion’s original Montjuïc site.

The Fundació Mies van der Rohe was set up in 1983 with the aim of working towards the reconstruction of the pavilion. Since the completion of the project, the Fundació, member of the International Confederation of Architectural Museums (ICAM), has been entrusted with the task of preserving and managing the pavilion building.

The Fundació Mies van der Rohe serves also to foster debate on contemporary architecture and urbanism, to build up a documentary archive on Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and on modern and contemporary architecture, and to organise correlated awards, courses, lectures, exhibitions, publications and studies.

In accordance with the rules for the Award itself, an Advisory Committee collaborates with the Fundació Mies van der Rohe regarding all aspects of the organisational process. This committee comprises 16 of the most prestigious architectural institution throughout Europe: Architektur Zentrum Wien, Vienna; Architecture Foundation, London; arc en rêve centre d’architecture, Bordeaux; Berlage Institute, Rotterdam; Biennale di Venezia, Venice; Gammel Dok, Copenhagen; DESSA, Ljubljana; Deutsches Architektur Museum, Frankfurt; EUROPAN, Paris; Fundació Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona; Institut français d’architecture, Paris; Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki; Nasjonalmuseet for Kunst, Architektur og Design, Oslo; Nederlands Architectuurinstituut, Rotterdam; Triennale di Milano, Milan and RIBA Foundation, London.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886 – 1969)

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was born in Aachen, Germany in 1886. As a result of time spent working under the influence of Peter Behrens, Mies developed a design approach based on advanced structural techniques and Prussian Classicism. Famous for the phrase “less is more,” he fostered a style of architecture based on material honesty and structural integrity. Over the last twenty years of his life, Mies achieved his vision of a monumental ‘skin and bone’ architecture, his later works embodying the idea of universal, simplified architecture.

His major works include amongst others: Werkbund Exposition and Apartments: Weissenhofsiedlung, Stuttgart, Germany, 1927; H.Langer House, Krefeld, Germany, 1928; German Pavilion, Barcelona, Spain, built 1928-1929, demolished 1930; Tugendhat House, Brno, Czech Republic, 1930; Farnsworth House, Plano, Illinois, 1946-1950; Lake Shore Drive Apartments, Chicago, Illinois, 1948-1951; Crown Hall (IIT), Chicago, Illinois, 1950-1956; Seagram Building, New York, 1954-1958; New National Gallery, Berlin, Germany, 1962-1968.


European Commission information: Frédéric Vincent at +32-02/298.71.66 and Mona Lund at +32

Fundació Mies van der Rohe information: Pilar Casanova +34- or e-mail

Note to the Editors: The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture is a joint initiative of the European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe. The Award as well as a special mention for young architects are awarded every two years to recent works, less then two years old, produced in countries covered by the Culture 2000 programme. Their objective is to show modern creativity and to make people aware of the way that modern architecture is socially and culturally rooted in European cities.