The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe announce today the first list of 449 works (completed between October 2018 and October 2020) competing for the 2022 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. These works will be joined in September with a new group of nominees finished between November 2020 and April 2021.
“The EU Mies Award as the resulting work of a strong network of Europeans, shows that quality can be understood in many different ways but that it must always be connected to the present challenges with the environment and make cities and infrastructure more sustainable and resilient” Anna Ramos, Director Fundació Mies van der Rohe
MIES VAN DER ROHE AWARD 2022
The new cycle of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award will reflect on the current challenges that architects, clients, policy makers and other professionals are faced with. Some of these works have been finished during the Covid-19 pandemic and some are the result of commissions from the 2007-2012 financial crisis or shortly afterwards. They will be evaluated during the post-pandemic time in a clear attempt to continue visiting architecture and its users, neighbours, clients and designers face to face. Climate change, pollution, digitalization and demographic explosion are also, maybe more than ever, a global threat that endangers the planet, its limited natural resources and in consequence our wellbeing. Buildings and infrastructures are responsible for at least 40% of all greenhouse gas emissions so the EU Mies Award must support the rethinking and replanning of Europe in such a way that it prioritises the environment through a cultural project in which design and sustainability are indissociable
“By creating a bridge between the world of science and technology and the world of art and culture, the New European Bauhaus is an opportunity to make the Green Deal tangible and closer to citizens. The EU Mies Award has been and will continue to be a crucial European instrument to make this cultural change happen” Hughes Becquart Culture Policy Officer, European Commission
The Prize Winner receives 60.000€ and a sculpture that evokes the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion of Barcelona. The Emerging Architect Winner receives 20.000€ together with the sculpture; the finalists and the clients also receive a sculpture, recognizing their essential contribution to contemporary architecture. The Prize draws the map of the best European Contemporary Architecture with the Prize Winner, the Emerging Architect Winner and the Young Talent Architecture Award Winners. The latter is the most recent addition to the Prize, which recognizes and rewards the best graduation projects of architecture students throughout Europe and beyond. The prestige of the Prize and the dissemination of the knowledge and savoir-faire of European architects is further enhanced with the organisation of exhibitions and debates worldwide, bringing architecture nearer to citizens
These 449 works are distributed in 279 locations with a total population that corresponds to 30% of the total population of the participating countries in the EU Mies Award 2022. 12% of the works have been built in large metropolitan areas with more than 3 million inhabitants. 46% of the works are in cities with a population between 100.00 and 3 million inhabitants and 37% of them are in cities and towns with 1.000 to 100.000 inhabitants. 4% of the works are in villages with less than 1.000 inhabitants, and 1% of the works are isolated
The Netherlands is the country that exports most architecture with 8 works in which architects have built in other territories (Casanova+Hernandez Architecten in Albania; Neutelings & Riedijk Architects, Atelier Kempe Thill architects and planners and Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten in Belgium; KAAN Architecten in France; MVRDV and O.M.A. in Germany; O.M.A. in Sweden).
BIG Bjarke Ingels Group (Copenhagen) is the studio with the highest number of nominated works (4), with one of them in Copenhagen (DK) and the other three in Bordeaux (FR), Jevnaker (NO) and Stockholm (SW)
Italy is also competing with 18 works built on national soil and 3 abroad.
Here is the list of 21 Italian architectural firms and related projects in competition.