Architectures on the Waterfront - Fundació Mies van der Rohe

Architectures on the Waterfront

A dive into the archive of the collection of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award that shows those architectures made near the water.

Port spaces constitute one of the territories where the transformation of the contemporary European city has shown with more intensity. As a result of the collaboration with Arquitectes per l’Arquitectura, a selection of 68 works from the EU Mies Award Archive tells us with images, audiovisuals and models the particular stories of these architectures that build new spaces for the city’s relationship with water.

The panorama that the successive editions of the Prize defines proposes the game of multiple readings and, just as it was done with publications such as ATLAS or exhibitions such as Spanish Architectures, Chronicle from Europe, each filter that is applied generates a new look, a piece of new information. This is now the architecture of European waterfronts.

The exhibition will open with a round table in which will participate Francesc Muñoz, director of the Urbanization Observatory (UAB), Francis Rambert, head of the Architectural Creation Department at Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine and Elías Torres, co-author architect of Esplanade Forum 2004 and Photovoltaic Plant, finalist of the EU Mies Award 2005 with Anna Sala (Fundació Mies van der Rohe) as moderator.

In the last week of the exhibition Architectures on the Waterfront, the Fundació Mies van der Rohe and AxA, with the collaboration of Barcelona Regional, are proposing Ideas on the Waterfront, a series of agile talks in Pecha Kucha format, to the present and the future of the Barcelona coast.

30-10-2019, 6:30 p.m. – Round table Francesc Muñoz, Francis Rambert and Elías Torres
30-10-2019, 7:30 p.m. – Presentation and opening of the exhibition
9-1-2020, 7:00 p.m – Ideas on the Waterfront

More information on the catalogue about Architectures on the waterfront here

In the context of Setmana d’Arquitectura new contents have been released
virtual visit
Ideas on the waterfront video
Round table video



30-10-2019 < 12-1-2020 - Vernissage 30-10-2019, 19.30h


Museu Marítim. Av Drassanes s.n, Barcelona

Organised with
Arquitectes x l’Arquitectura

With the support of
Museu Marítim de Barcelona
Diputació de Barcelona
Ministerio de Fomento

With the collaboration of
Viabizzuno, USM, Cooperativa d’Arquitectes Jordi Capell

Sponsored by
Calaf Constructora, Vbospagna

Curated by

Ivan Blasi and Anna Sala – Fundació Mies van der Rohe with Francesc Muñoz

Expositive project and graphic design
Fundació Mies van der Rohe

Pictures by

Anna Mas
Pepo Segura