One of the salient features of the new stage in the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award, is the conviction that in order to understand the situation of European contemporary architecture it is essential to be familiar with all the works nominated every two years for the Prize by the experts and national architecture associations.
This conviction has led us to publish, for the first time, all the nominated works (420) for this year’s 2015 Prize. The projects, grouped into uses and their degree of representativity, are published on scale and illustrated with the picture that best identifies them.
The five finalists and 35 works shortlisted by the jury are published with the aim to clarify the concept that has structured them, the building system employed and their current use. Additional written and graphic information provide more details about the context, the size of the project, the promoter, who was involved, its cost and the bond that the work has created with the surrounding territory. The published texts provide a critical insight written by the authors or the experts who nominated each of the projects.
For this year’s Prize, we thought it appropriate to publish a second special supplementary issue containing a detailed analysis of the five finalists and also the selected work by an emerging architect. Both publications are twinned to form a monograph that stands out on account of both its content and its continent.
The 650-page double-volume publication is available since May 8, presented during the ceremony of the 14th edition of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award.
May 8th 2015