Today, Fundació Mies van der Rohe has announced the five finalists of the EU-Mies Award that will have to defend their projects before the Jury. The winner will come out from this selection that represents the recent European architectural reality. “Social housing, memory and the problem of context and new constructions in the old city centres have proven to be important to us”, explains Malgorzata Omilanowska, member of the Jury. These works provide solutions to problems of European society that involve integration and innovation.
For the time being, the lucky ones have to present the idea of their project. Then, the jury will proceed to visit the buildings and the winner will be announced on May 16th. We would like to show you the five finalists of the EU-Mies Award :
DeFlat Keiburg, an apartment building that redefines the construction of the house. One of the five finalists of the EU-Mies Award. Photo: Marcel van der Brug.
The work of the NL Architects and XVW Architectuur studios consist in the restoration of an old building that creates a residential area on the outskirts of Amsterdam. The architects have stripped the building by remodeling the main structure.
Firstly, the concrete blocks for the elevators have been removed and they have been integrated into the building. Secondly, they have transformed the entrances and façades of the building by opening them to the exterior using glass windows. In this way, the identity of each house is exposed, since they have not been built for the owners to reform them according to their preferences.
DeFlat Keiburg on the outskirts of Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Photography: Marcel van der Brug.
Kannikegården stands as one of the five finalists of the EU-Mies Award for their ability to integrate in the environment. Photography: Anders Sune Berg
Kannikegården is a building that contains the cultural heritage of Ribe, Denmark’s best-preserved medieval town. In addition to exposing ruins of more than 1000 years old, it offers functions for the local Parish and allows hosting public events inside.
Its structure is a huge a perforated volume that follows the scale of the rest of constructions of the square. Its main body is an iron frame that holds an elaborate facade with reddish tiles that simulate the bricks of other constructions.
Kannikegården is the home of the cultural heritage of Ribe (Denmark). Photography: Anders Sune Berg
Katyn Museum, finalist work in Warsaw (Poland). Photo: Juliusz Sokołowski
Katyn Museum recalls the slaughter of twenty thousand Polish soldiers during Second World War. It is formed by three buildings, the entrance, the old artillery building and a platform covered with arches. The museum creates an atmosphere through the connection of the three buildings surrounding the Katyn Forest. Therefore, the entrance consists of the remodeling of the route connecting with the Old Town. The artillery building has two levels with exhibition rooms. Finally, a building that is supported by five arches shows through its windows 15 commemorative plaques with the names of the deceased.
The buildings create a 12 meters high gap between walls. A staircase is placed in it, descending towards the more emotive room and inclining towards the sky. On the other hand, all concrete walls of the complex have been printed with symbolic objects such as plates or personal objects.
Katyn Museum is a museum that recalls to the historical past of the city of Warsaw (Poland). Photo: Juliusz Sokołowski
The Rivesaltes Memorial Museum
Exterior of The Rivesaltes Memorial Museum, finalist work of the EU-Mies Award. Photo: Kevin Dolmaire.
The Rivesaltes Memorial Museum lies underground. Its concrete structure seems imperceptible in the desolate landscape. However, the block that forms the museum subtly appears fully integrated in its environment. It symbolizes the memory that has been buried.
An entrance tunnel sinks into the ground to reach a 240 meters long room . The large concrete block has three courtyards to ventilate the space and generate a feeling of peace and relaxation.
Interior of The Rivesaltes Memorial Museum, finalist work of the EU-Mies Award. Photo: Kevin Dolmaire.
Ely Court is the complex neighborhood project to improve residential quality in the London borough of Kilburn. Photography: Pau Riddle.
Ely Court is a residential area with 44 dwellings in the South Kilburn district. This project consists of creating building blocks to reconvert the old residential area and to bring back the social activity in an infra-used green area.
Four types of buildings offer better habitat quality than the rest of the neighborhood. Therefore, appartments have large ceilings and windows that allow the entrance of light. In short, the construction is designed for the use of the next generations.
Ely Court is the neighborhood complex project to improve residential quality in the London borough of Kilburn. Photography: Pau Riddle.
The Ceremony will be held on May 26th at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona. There will be debates and talks about the current edition. In addition, interactive presentations will be included, seeking a better understanding of the finalist buildings of the UE-Mies Award and the rest of the works that were selected.