Which of Your Favorites Are Candidates for the Mies Van Der Rohe Award?

420 Studios Will Face Off For The European Union Prize

by Angelica Marino


The European Commission and the Fundaciò Mies van der Rohe have revealed the list of 420 projects in the competition which commends European excellence in architecture. The projects are composed of 33% Sports, Government, and Commercial Structures, 27% Housing Proposals, 24 %Cultural Facilities, 11% Education and 5% Offices. The projects will be competing for the hefty sum of 60,000 euros, the highest prize in European architecture competitions.


We at Archilovers have compiled a list of some of the candidates we’d like you to check out from each nation, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the architecture:





The Teaching Center in Austria, by BUSarchitektur is more than a building. It’s a  learning platform that promotes spontaneous communication while offering classes and activities to the community.





The Leventis Art Gallery by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is inspired by traditional Cypriot architecture of local stone with small, shuttered openings which exclude the fierce heat in summer but open to allow the winter sun to penetrate.


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Lake Cabin by FAM Architekti provides an all year round retreat for the clients’ sailing passion, with minimum typology and maximum visual connections to the lake and the surrounding pine forest.





Walking over water by Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes are 3 footbridges which continue the urban tissue and link the pier with the city.




FRAC Centre by Jakob + MacFarlane Architects, a ‘new generation’ of FRAC institutions that have already proved themselves as centres of cultural appeal.





The Museum for Architectural Drawings of the Tchoban Foundation by SPEECH is meant for placing and exposing the collections of Sergey Choban’s Fund founded in 2009 for the purpose of architectural graphics art popularization as well as for interim exhibitions from different institutions including such famous as Sir John Soane's Museum in London or Art school in Paris.



Concert Hall Blaibach  by Peter Haimerl Architektur represents the heart of the urban development to revitalize the new centre of Blaibach.





314 architecture studio studio designed Private House in Athens in order to give the sense of hovering over the water and sailing. 





HIDEG-HOUSE by Béres Architects is a wooden cabin which floats a few steps above the natural terrain. 



FÖLDES & CO. ARCHITECTS LTD created Volcano Visitors which recalls a volcano by virtue of the raw materials, the homogeneous grey of the concrete, the lava inspired colour of the corten steel, and the flue-like arrangement of the space.





The Waterford Medieval Museum by Waterford City Council Architects houses a magnificent collection of artifacts and hosts numerous public events.





Cantina Antinori by Archea Associati, Hydea s.r.l., and A&I progetti s.r.l. perfectly inserts itself into the extraoradinary context of Chianti.



Bulgari Winery by Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners contains spaces accessible to the public, spaces of production, and offices. It endeavors to reduce as much as possible its impact on the environment.





Museum of the History of the Polish Jews by Lahdelma & Mahlamäki was realized without unnecessary rhetoric, with simplicity and elegance.



Małopolska Garden of Arts by Ingarden & Ewý Architects is a cross between two institutions: the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre and the Malopolska Voivodeship Library.





Torre De Palma Wine Hotel by João Mendes Ribeiro respects the architectural and morphological features of the built aggregate and its surrounding landscape.



White Wolf by AND-RÉ architecture is a series of buildings intimately related with the surrounding rich natural environment





The design of Strömkajen Ferry Terminal by Marge Arkitekter places priority on maintaining  free views of the palace from Stallgatan and Grevgränd and on highlighting the monumental edifices on Blasiholmen.



Aula Medica by Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB is not only a tribute to science and education, but also a site for strong collective experiences





Kuopio City Theatre by ALA Architects is a solid, contemporary addition which continues and complements the old structure with equal quality and permanence.



House Riihi by the Office for Peripheral Architecture blends in with the surrounding nature through its shape and the materials used. 





Forfatterhuset Kindergarten  by COBE is a new kindergarten composed of five small houses with a unique brick cladding and green roofs.



Kolding Campus, University of Southern Denmark by Henning Larsen Architects houses the courses in communications, design, culture and languages of the University of Southern Denmark. 





The New Rijksmuseum by Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos, Wilmotte & Associés S.A., and ADP Architecten fulfills all international conditions to house over 8.000 objects of art and history.



New Rotterdam Market Hall by MVRDV, Arno Coenen, and Iris Roskam is called “the 16th chappel of Rotterdam”.



Villa Kogelhof by Paul de Ruiter Architects is entirely based on energy neutrality.



Rotterdam Centraal station by MVSA Architects and Benthem Crouwel Architects is one of the most important transport hubs in The Netherlands, with 110,000 passengers a day.






Community Church Knarvik by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter is carefully adapted to an existing hillside between built and natural environment.



Høse bridge by Rintala Eggertsson Architects connects the town to a vast wooden landscape which is used for recreation by the inhabitants of Sand.





Peace Pavilion by Atelier Zündel Cristea provides an ideal contemporary space, offering a sense of tranquillity, beauty and an exceptional aesthetic value.



Manchester Metropolitan University by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios includes a spectacular new entrance gallery, circulation and exhibition zone, and provides strong linkages both vertically and horizontally between the existing Chatham Tower and the new building.



Everyman Theatre by Haworth Tompkins makes use of the constrained topography of the site by arranging the public spaces around a series of half levels.



Library of Birmingham by Mecanoo Architecten transforms the square into one with three distinct realms: monumental, cultural and entertainment.



London House in the woods by Rado Iliev had the goal of updating and extending the existing house and turn it into a larger contemporary home.



Zaha Hadid ArchitectsLondon 2012 Aquatics Center, is inspired by the fluid geometries of water in motion.






Urban Spaces / Dogarilor Apartment Building by ADNBA tries to mediate between different sizes and densities, in a quite central neighborhood characterized by small streets, long, narrow plots and a puzzle of old and new buildings of all types and scales.






Compact Karst House by dekleva gregorič arhitekti is conceived as monolithic volume with two inserted wooden volumes connected with interim landing.





House of the Infinite. VT House by Alberto Campo Baeza is an infinite plane facing the infinite sea.



The design of the Fine Arts Museum by Estudio Arquitectura Hago overflows the physical limits of the building and turns the proposed spaces into real stars of the urban environment.





Workinn Hotel by Cinici Architects is the first hip hotel in Gebze.



Kaplankaya Cluster by OAB - Office of Architecture in Barcelona - is constructed in a style in keeping with the fortresses, citadels, churches and monasteries that have characterized the landscape of the Mediterranean.


Which one will triumpth? Stay tuned for the winners!




    Teaching Center

    Vienna / Austria / 2013


    Leventis Art Gallery

    Distretto di Nicosia / Cyprus / 2014


    Lake Cabin

    Doksy / Czech Rep. / 2014


    Walking over water

    Strasbourg / France / 2009


    FRAC Centre

    Orléans / France / 2013


    The Museum for Architectural Drawings of the Tchoban Foundation

    Berlin / Germany / 2013


    Concert Hall Blaibach

    Blaibach / Germany / 2014


    Private House in Athens

    Athens / Greece / 2012



    Koszeg / Hungary / 2013


    Volcano Visitors

    Celldömölk / Hungary / 2013


    Waterford Medieval Museum

    Waterford / Ireland / 2013


    Cantina Antinori

    Bargino San Casciano in Val di pesa / Italy / 2012


    Bulgari Winery

    San Casciano dei Bagni / Italy / 2013


    Museum of the History of the Polish Jews

    Warsaw / Poland / 2013


    Małopolska Garden of Arts

    Krakow / Poland / 2012


    Torre De Palma Wine Hotel

    Monforte / Portugal / 2014


    White Wolf

    Penafiel / Portugal / 2014


    Strömkajen Ferry Terminal

    Stockholm / Sweden / 2013


    Aula Medica

    Solna / Sweden / 2013


    Kuopio City Theatre

    Kuopio / Finland / 2014


    House Riihi

    Alajärvi / Finland / 2014


    Forfatterhuset Kindergarten

    Copenhagen / Denmark / 2014


    Kolding Campus, University of Southern Denmark

    Kolding / Denmark / 2014


    The New Rijksmuseum

    Amsterdam / Netherlands / 2013


    New Rotterdam Market Hall

    Rotterdam / Netherlands / 2014


    Villa Kogelhof

    Netherlands / 2013


    Rotterdam Centraal station

    Rotterdam / Netherlands / 2014


    Community Church Knarvik

    Knarvik / Norway / 2014


    Høse bridge - National Tourist Routes in Norway

    Sand / Norway / 2013


    Peace Pavilion

    London / United Kingdom / 2013


    Manchester Metropolitan University

    Manchester / United Kingdom / 2012


    Everyman Theatre

    Liverpool / United Kingdom / 2013


    Library of Birmingham

    Birmingham / United Kingdom / 2013


    London House in the woods

    London / United Kingdom / 2014


    London 2012 Aquatics Center

    London / United Kingdom / 2011


    Urban Spaces / Dogarilor Apartment Building

    Bucharest / Romania / 2014


    Compact Karst House

    Slovenia / 2014


    House of the Infinite. VT House

    Cadiz / Spain / 2014


    Fine Arts Museum

    Badajoz / Spain / 2014


    Workinn Hotel

    Gebze / Turkey / 2013


    Kaplankaya Cluster

    Bodrum / Turkey / 2013