Every two years, the exhibition “Europe’s Best Buildings” focuses on outstanding architectural projects from Europe and has thus become a magnet for the public. It honours projects with a visionary character that serve as an orientation, if not a manifesto for the development of contemporary architecture.
The EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2019 presents a selection of works from the 383 projects nominated for the Prize. This layout disseminates the work of European architects around the world and creates important discussions and synergies on ways of designing, building and using places, cities and territories.
The 2019 edition award went to a pioneering housing development project: the transformation of three apartment blocks from the 1960s in Bordeaux with a total of 530 units, by Lacaton & Vassal in collaboration with Frédéric Druot and Christophe Hutin.
The other finalists’ projects range from a public square in Tirana, Albania, to new combinations of living and working in Berlin.
The Emerging Architect Prize was awarded to BAST for the extension of a village school in Montbrun-Bocage, France. From the almost 400 projects nominated from 36 European nations, a total of 40 projects were selected for the exhibition by the distinguished jury, of which the Az W Director Angelika Fitz was a member. These include three projects from Austria: the state school in Seestadt aspern by Fasch&Fuchs and a housing development by Vlay Streeruwitz in Vienna-Floridsdorf as well as the Haus der Musik by Erich Strolz and Dietrich Untertrifaller in Innsbruck.
Opening on July 29, the exhibition can be visited until October 12, 2020.
Architekturzentrum Wien – Exhibition hall 2
29-07-2020 Press conference, 11:00h
29-07-2020 Opening day, 14:00-20:00h
11-08-2020 Guided tour of the exhibition 17:30-18:30h
18-08-2020 Guided tour of the exhibition with jury members 17:30-18:30h