AD Interviews: Giovanna Carnevali / Director of Fundació Mies van der Rohe

For the past 27 years, the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award has not only recognized the most relevant buildings in the EU, but has also served as a timeline of the evolution of European Architecture.

By looking back on the thousands of projects that have been nominated over the years, one can see a new identity take shape in the EU after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and thanks to the free movement of people — and therefore creative capital - that the EU developed

In this interview, Giovanna Carnevali, the director of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, tells us how the award is also becoming a database of hundreds of recognized architects, a powerful network that can be used to assist EU countries by linking "institutions that do have money but they don’t know how to use it and professionals."

Grønneviksøren Student Apartments / 3RW Arkitekter

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AD Interviews: Barozzi / Veiga

Earlier this month, during the award ceremony for the 2015 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture-, we had the opportunity to speak with winners Barozzi / Veiga, who won for their Philharmonic Hall Szczecin. We asked Fabrizio Barozzi and Alberto Veiga, founders of the eponymous, Barcelon-based firm, about their project and their office. 

Estudio Barozzi Veiga's Philharmonic Hall Szczecin Photographed by Laurian Ghinitoiu

Take a peek into Estudio Barozzi Veiga's Philharmonic Hall Szczecin—which was announced today as the winner of the 2015 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture–Mies van der Rohe Award—through the lens of Romanian photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu

Barozzi / Veiga’s Philharmonic Hall Szczecin Receives 2015 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture–Mies van der Rohe Award

Barozzi / Veiga’s Philharmonic Hall Szczecin in Szczecin, Poland has been selected as the winner of the 2015 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture-Mies van der Rohe Award. The design was influenced by the surrounding context and buildings, specifically by the “verticality of the city’s residential buildings, by the monumentality of the upright ornaments of its neo-Gothic churches and the heavy volumes of its Classicist buildings, by the towers that dot its entire skyline and the cranes of its port,” according to the architects. The Philharmonic Hall features large skylights and is clad with glass on the outside, providing a contrast to the surrounding buildings.

The Philharmonic Hall Szczecin was selected over four other finalist projects: Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei’s Ravensburg Art Museum; BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group’s Danish Maritime Museum; Archea Associati’s Antinori Winery; and O’Donnell + Tuomey’s Saw Swee Hock Student Centre.  The five finalists presented their projects to the jury on May 7, and the official award ceremony was held this morning in Barcelona at Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion.

Slight Slope Long House / I/O Architects

  • Architects: I/O Architects
  • Location: Targovishte, Bulgaria
  • Site Area: 6970 sq. m.
  • Area: 672.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Asen Emilov

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Tubakuba Mountain Hub / OPA Form

Overview : Hovering above the city, hidden behind trees in the forest of Bergen's most famous mountain; through a tuba-tunnel, you can enter a wooden bubble. One night, just for you and your kids.  The project is the result of a design-build workshop at Bergen School of Architecture lead by Espen Folgerø at OPA Form architects.

5 Finalists Selected for the 2015 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture- Mies van der Rohe Award

Five projects have been selected as finalists of the 2015 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture- Mies van der Rohe Award. The finalists were selected from a shortlist of 40 projects, and over the next couple of months the jury members will visit each of the finalist projects to evaluate the buildings firsthand and gather information from the people who use them. On May 7, the architects will present their projects to the jury. The winner will be announced the following day at a ceremony at Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion.

See the five finalists after the break.

40 Projects Shortlisted for the 2015 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award

Update: The five finalists for the 2015 Mies van der Rohe Award will be announced on February 25 at 12 UTC. 40 projects from 17 European countries have been shortlisted for the 2015 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. Chosen from the 420 original nominees, five of the shortlisted projects will be chosen for the next round of selection, to be announced at the end of February in London. These selected architects will then present their projects before a committee on May 7, who will select one recipient of the highly esteemed international design award, as well as one recipient of the Emerging Architect Prize. The winners will be announced the following day at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona.

Principia Archaeological Park / Nenad Fabijanić

  • Architects: Nenad Fabijanić
  • Location: Rijeka, Croatia
  • Collaborators: Željko Pavlović, Davor Pavlović, Vesna Šoić, Bruno Krunić
  • Competition: October - December, 2008
  • Area: 1500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Miro Martinić

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Hotel Privo / DE3 Group

A Hungarian photographer from Targu-Mures starts building his family house in 1904. The secession building has an unexpected position on the large plot along the Gheorghe Doja street. Apart from any construction in the vicinity it is pulled back from the street to the high ground.

R50 – Cohousing / ifau und Jesko Fezer + HEIDE & VON BECKERATH

  • Architects: ifau und Jesko Fezer, HEIDE & VON BECKERATH
  • Location: Ritterstraße 50, 10969 Berlin, Germany
  • Architect In Charge: Verena von Beckerath, Jesko Fezer, Tim Heide, Christoph Heinemann, Susanne Heiss, Christoph Schmidt
  • Area: 2037.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Andrew Alberts

© Andrew Alberts © Andrew Alberts © Andrew Alberts © Andrew Alberts

National Museum Complex - Phase I / Yanko Apostolov Architects

Following Bulgaria’s recent accession to the European Union, Phase I of the National Museum Complex in Sofia, comes at a time when Bulgarian society is undergoing a reevaluation of cultural values and is in great need of a new self-assured and positive identity.

Pedestrian Assisted Path from Baixa To Castelo de São Jorge / Falcão de Campos

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Automotive Showroom in Herning / KRADS

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Welfare Centre for Children and Teenagers / Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons

« Maison d’accueil de l’enfance Eleanor Roosevelt » is an emergency residential centre managed by the local department of child welfare (Aide Sociale à l’Enfance- ASE) in Paris. It provides emergency shelter for minors under legal guardianship.