Five finalists announced for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2009

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The European Commission and the Fundacio Mies van der Rohe announced today the finalists for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2009, one of the most important and prestigious prizes for international architecture. By supporting the Prize, the European Commission underlines the role of architecture as a driver for creativity and innovation and draws attention to the important contribution of European professionals in the development of new ideas and technologies.

The winner will be announced in May this year.

The finalists are:

x Multimodal Centre – Nice Tramway, Nice (France) by Marc Barani / Atelier Marc Barani
x Zenith Music Hall, Strasbourg (France) by Massimiliano Fuksas, Doriana Fuksas / Massimiliano Fuksas Architecture
x University Luigi Bocconi, Milan (Italy) by Shelley McNamara, Yvonne Farrell / Grafton Architects
x The Norwegian Opera & Ballet, Oslo (Norway) by Kjetil Træaedal Thorsen, tarald Lundevall, Craig Dykers / Snøhetta (more info on archiDE, click here)

 
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Multimodal Centre – Nice Tramway, Nice (France) by Marc Barani / Atelier Marc Barani

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Zenith Music Hall, Strasbourg (France) by Massimiliano Fuksas, Doriana Fuksas / Massimiliano Fuksas Architecture

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University Luigi Bocconi, Milan (Italy) by Shelley McNamara, Yvonne Farrell / Grafton Architects

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The Norwegian Opera & Ballet, Oslo (Norway) by Kjetil Træaedal Thorsen, tarald Lundevall, Craig Dykers / Snøhetta

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Library, Senior Citizens’ Centre and City Block Core Zone in Barcelona by RCR Aranda Pigem Vilalta Arquitectes

The finalists were selected from 340 projects proposed by the Architects’ Council of Europe member associations and the other national architectural associations and the Advisory Committee. The Jury, chaired by Francis Rambert includes: Ole Bouman, Irena Fialová, Fulvio Irace, Luis M. Mansilla, Carme Pinós and Vasa J. Perović.

Previous winners include, among others, Rem Koolhaas and Ellen van Loon, Zaha Hadid, Dominique Perrault, Peter Zumthor, Rafael Moneo, Álvaro Siza Vieira, Lord Foster and Luis M. Mansilla – Emilio Tuñón.

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One thought on “Five finalists announced for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2009

  1. By the time post modernism had swept its way across the US, I had seen far too many buildings to be deply impressed with even the best of these CAD-inspired dynamic curtainwalls. Meyerson Auditorium in Dallas was enough to make me give up my cowboy guns. It struck me that we would need to see an entirely new Renaissance concerning what went into these buildings, that entertaining space alone would not suffice as our disperate culture would clearly take a turn for the worse-consummerism au gauche. Who were these people in Dallas, flaunting their imperialistic exploits? Why would perfectly well trained creatives be unexplainedely stricke by cutesy little rows of diamonds? The client screaming: Make it Cheaper, now Bigger, Bigger!!

    Never a fan of Ghery, (who’s spoiled by the trappings of the Westwood elite,) his newly proposed minimalist crystal palace in Paris would fit the bill for this needless expression of good-ole-boy business as usual.

    Sadly, the Chinese will have erected a monument to Vegas long before they have realized the sentiment of the humanist and cry for a return to the values of the Enlightenment.

    Viva La France, Goodbye Wall St. and everything that reminds us of Donald Trump.

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