The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe are proud to announce the 7 finalist works that will compete in the 2022 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award, 5 in the Architecture category and 2 in the Emerging Architecture category.
The 5 Architecture Finalist works are: 85 Social Housing Units, Cornellà de Llobregat, by peris+toral.arquitectes; Frizz23, Berlin, by Deadline (Britta Jürgens + Matthew Griffin); the Railway Farm, Paris, by Grand Huit and Melanie Drevet Paysagiste; Town House – Kingston University, London, by Grafton Architects; Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture, Hasselt, by Francesca Torzo.
The Jury considered that the 7 finalist works encourage and become models and references for local city policies. They tackle with new management models based on the community and circular sustainability processes. The works also focus on the productive and self-sufficient city which is developed in a pedagogical way, dignifying the space that we inhabit and use. They are also a result of well-developed construction processes, and the care in the use of materials and details: a dignification of the day-to-day architecture, a dialogue between monumentality, education, and heritage.
The announcement has been made by M. Witold Naturski, acting Head of the European Commission Representation in Poland, on the occasion of the EU Mies Award exhibition at the Zodiak Pavilion in Warsaw, and has been attended by M. Magda Maciąg, curator of the exhibition in Zodiak. M. Marlena Happach, architect of the City of Warsaw, Head of department of architecture and special planning, M. Marta Sękulska-Wrońska, President of the Warsaw Branch of the Association of Polish Architects and Ivan Blasi, coordinator of the EU Mies Award.
Mrs. Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, responsible for Creative Europe and Horizon Europe, said: “Rethinking the way we are building is a must. High-quality architecture is a cornerstone of the European Commission’s approach to sustainability. In redefining European architects’ role as caregivers, architecture contributes to the European Green deal and its cultural component: the “New European Bauhaus”. The EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – the Mies van der Rohe Award, highlights the contribution of architecture to sustainable development. We need young people, architects, artists, education and cultural professionals, innovators, entrepreneurs and regional authorities from all over Europe to actively engage and benefit from this initiative.”
At the end of April, the 2022 Award Winners will be announced.
In May, the shortlisted works, including the winners and finalists, will open their doors to all publics to be visited and have an in-situ experience, together with the architects and those involved in the organisation of the Prize: OUT & ABOUT EU Mies Awards.
The Awards Ceremony will take place at the Barcelona Pavilion on 12 May, in the context of a series of debates and conferences, directed at all audiences. A presentation of the catalogue with all 532 nominated projects for the 2022 Prize, the exhibition and an evening celebration open to everybody will also take place.
Save the date for these events and check www.EuMiesAwards.com and social media channels.