The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Prize with 356 nominations in the 15th edition has new ‘collaborative and participatory strategies’, according to his coordinator, Ivan Blasi. Mies Foundation and European Commission drive the European architectural future where housing and buildings that host cultural programs stand out as the most representative.
Density of works nominated in the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Prize 2017
With its headquarters in Barcelona, Mies Foundation remains as a bridge that connects all the professionals from Europe through projects that include the most current changes of the European territory. In 2017, the number of nominated projects has been less than the record reached in 2015. However, three new countries participate in: Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine in order to expand the perspective to the east of the continent.
Facade and interior of the project Casa #20 by RUE Space, Prize U.E – Mies Prize 2017 nominated. Photographies: Aitor Estévez.
Mies Prize 2017 nominations are an indispensable part of the city to which they belong and they show “awareness of their urban environment and a constant dialogue with cultural heritage,” says Michel Magnier, Director of Culture and Creativity of the European Commission. These works develop a debate that Mies Foundation collects in an Atlas and compares the changes of the construction in time. Mies Prize 2017 nominations are as important as the winner because ‘it is interesting to analyse the whole group of architects, because we receive very different projects’ from the European architectural outlook, explained Ivan Blasi in an interview with More with Less.
In April, the jury will decide which 40 projects could win the award. Finally, on 26 May, the winner ceremony will be held at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, that is celebrating its 30th anniversary after its reconstruction. In the winner selection, the special mention to the Emerging Architect will be included, in order to support professional projects that have much to say in the near future.
Facade and interior of the project Extension of the Fine Arts Museum of Asturias by Mangado y Asociados, Prize U.E – Mies Prize 2017 nominated. Photographies by Pedro Pegenaute.