European Identity – Made in Europe Videos


Is there a European Identity?

This project continues the debate on the identity of architecture in Europe that began at the 2014 Biennale di Venezia. It reflects a broad, varied panorama, bringing together the views of several architects on a tour of 16 cities, from London to Lisbon, from Bucharest to Trondheim.

This is an open debate around a question that is not looking for a single answer but rather an ongoing reflection that will help us to understand what Europe is, what distinguishes us, what unites us and what makes us different.
It shows a broad palette of visions from each architect’s perspective, through their experience as teachers, researchers and practising professionals in and outside Europe.

These different ways of understanding architecture, location, traditions and technology build up a map of visions.

The architects are asked whether there is a European identity, what qualities stand out in their locality as a European city, and also what values they think should be reflected in the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award.

All of them have been involved in the Prize as nominees, finalists, winners or emerging architects, but most importantly, they all have a vision of Europe that reveals a Europe with a huge diversity of cultures, languages, techniques and artistic and architectural expression. They show that our identity is a sum of identities, and that much of our enormous wealth resides precisely in our respect for differences.

The value of the public realm, of harmonious coexistence, of acknowledgement of the local perspective, the connection with what already exists, the city and its layers of history, etc. are transmitted through the images and opinions of the interviewed architects. This is where we can find our common values.




Copenhagen, Denmark

Bjarke Ingels. BIG Bjarke Ingels Group


European Identity - Made in Europe. Copenhagen. BIG European Identity - Made in Europe. Copenhagen. BIG

Trondheim, Norway

Andreas G. Gjertsen and Yashar Hanstad. TYIN tegnestue Architects


European Identity - Made in Europe. Trondheim. TYIN tegnestue architects

European Identity - Made in Europe. Trondheim. TYIN tegnestue architects

London, United Kingdom

Tom Emerson and Stephanie Macdonald. 6a architects


European Identity - Made in Europe. London. 6a architects

European Identity - Made in Europe. London. 6a architects

Nantes, France

Hervé Potin. Guineé Potin Architectes


Europan Identity Nantes Hervé Potin

Europan Identity Nantes

Lisbon, Portugal

Ricardo Bak Gordon Arquitectos. Bak Gordon Arquitectos


European Identity Lisbon Ricardo Bak Gordon

European Identity Lisbon Ricardo Bak Gordon

Madrid, Spain

María Langarita. Langarita-Navarro studio




Girona, Spain

Bet Capdeferro y Ramon Bolsch. Bosch.Capdeferro Arquitectures




Milan, Italy

Cino Zucchi Architetti studio. Cino Zucchi Architetti




Rotterdam, The Netherlands

KAAN Architecten studio. KAAN Architecten




Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Kamiel Klaasse. NL Architects




Berlin, Germany

Jürgen Mayer H. J.MAYER H. und Partner. Architekten




Tallin, Estonia

Siiri Vallner and Indrek Peil. Kavakava arhitktuuribüroo.


Kavakava arhitektuuribüroo

city of Tallin - Kavakava arhitektuuribüroo

Helsinki, Finland



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Anssi Lassila. Oopeaa Helsinki

Bucharest, Romania

Andrei Şerbescu, Adrian Untaru and Bogdan Brădățeanu. ADN Birou de Arhitectura.




Ljubljana, Slovenia

Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik. OFIS arhitekti




Barcelona, Spain

Fabrizio Barozzi and Alberto Veiga. Barozzi / Veiga