Chronicle from Europe: Poland in the EU Mies Award

Polish architecture has probably evolved in the most significant way since 1996, in comparison to other European countries, with a strong participation of the society, politicians and clients. Moreover, one of the Polish buildings (the Philharmonic Hall in Szczecin) received the Mies van der Rohe Award, and another one (The Katyn Musem) became a finalist of the competition, while six others were shortlisted (POLIN – Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Silesian Museum in Katowice, Integrated train and tram stop Wrocław-Maślice, Scientific Information Centre and Academic Library in Katowice, Wooden church in Tarnów and the Gate to the City of the Dead in Kraków). The purpose of the present exhibition is to celebrate the high quality of contemporary Polish architecture in a European and international context, as well as in the context of the 25th anniversary of “Architektura Murator” monthly, which has actively participated in the organization of the EU Mies Award.

The Award reflects the changes that have taken place over the last thirty years in technology, use of new instruments, the emergence of new idioms and even in the composition of architecture studios and the way they work. At the same time, the competition reflects social changes in terms of citizens’ rights as well as lifestyles. It has been possible to acquire in-depth knowledge of this set of works thanks to the experts, the architects’ associations, institutions that support architecture in Europe, the European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation.

The success of buildings and the satisfaction we derive from our projects have much to do with the pride of both users and clients in the works we create. Our satisfaction increases when our projects become recognizable for a broad public. It is hard to forget the emotions with which the Mayor of Szczecin and his team received the 2015 Mies van der Rohe Award as representatives of the city, or that of the Katyn Museum team during the visit of the Jury.

The exhibition presents two yet unreleased interviews with BBGK Architekci and Barozzi/Veiga.

The present exhibition allows us to set off on a journey through space and time, through various territories, without frontiers. It allows us to enjoy the vast diversity of landscapes, nations and cultures that constitute modern-day Europe while remembering that when contemplating our surroundings we should maintain a critical approach.

CuratorsIvan Blasi, Fundació Mies van der Rohe and Marcin Szczelina, Architecture Snob

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Przy Plazy Gallery, Vistula Boulevards, Warsaw