Mies Van der Rohe Award 2013

Five Finalists announced

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The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe have announced the five finalists who will compete for the 2013 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award.

In total, 335 works in 37 European countries were nominated for the award. The expert jury is composed by:

- Wiel Arets, Chair of the jury/Wiel Arets Architects;

- Pedro Gadanho, Curator of Contemporary Architecture, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA);

- Antón García-Abril, Ensamble Studio;

- Louisa Hutton, Sauerbruch Hutton Architects;

- Kent Martinussen, CEO, The Danish Architecture Center (DAC);

- Frédéric Migaryou, Director, Architecture & Design, Centre Pompidou;

- Ewa Porębska, Editor-in-Chief, Architektura-murator;

- Giovanna Carnevali, Secretary of the Jury/Director, Fundació Mies van der Rohe

The overall winner of the Prize, as well as the 'special mention' award for best emerging architect, will be announced in May, with an award ceremony on 6 June at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona, Spain.

"I would like to congratulate all the architects who were nominated and the finalists in particular. We have an enormous wealth of talent in European architecture, which is a shining example of our dynamic cultural and creative sectors. At the same time, we recognise that the architecture industry faces significant challenges resulting from the economic slowdown. The European Commission and Mies van der Rohe Foundation are committed to supporting the sector which makes a significant contribution to the economy and job creation, as well as being a creator of beauty and force for cohesion for our society. We will continue to support architecture, including through this prize, through the future Creative Europe programme," said Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.

The five finalists are:

- City Hall Ghent, Belgium: Robbrecht and DaemMARIE-JOSÉ VAN HEE ARCHITECTEN

- Superkilen masterplan, Copenhagen, Denmark: BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group; TOPOTEK1; Superflex

Harpa Concert Hall - Reykjavik Concert Hall & Conference Centre, Reykjavik, Iceland: BATTERÍID ARCHITECTS; Henning Larsen ArchitectsOlafur Eliasson (image on top)

- House for elderly people, Alcácer do Sal, Portugal: AIRES MATEUS & ASSOCIADOS, LDA

- Metropol Parasol, Seville, Spain: Jurgen Herman Mayer.

    Market Hall Ghent 20

    Market Hall Ghent

    Gent / Belgium / 2012

    Superkilen masterplan 235

    Superkilen masterplan

    Copenhagen / Denmark / 2012

    House for elderly people 220

    House for elderly people

    Alcácer do Sal / Portugal / 2011

    Metropol Parasol 205

    Metropol Parasol

    Seville / Spain / 2011