The European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation have announced the 7 finalists that will compete for the 2022 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. The finalists include 5 projects in the Architecture category and 2 in the Emerging Architecture category, all of which "encourage and become models and references for local city policies". The winners will be announced in April 2022 and the Award ceremony will take place in May 2022.
The original list of nominees featured 532 projects completed between October 2018 and April 2021 in 41 countries, that "highlight the opportunities and the trends of today’s architecture in the European territory", focusing on Social Inclusion, Sustainability and Circularity, and Aesthetic Research. Earlier this year, the European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation announced the 40 shortlisted projects, featuring 9 collective housing projects, 7 cultural functions, 6 mixed-use, 6 educational facilities, 4 urban planning works, 2 sports and recreation constructions, 1 commercial, 1 hospitality, 1 industrial, 1 landscape, 1 office, and 1 social welfare.
The quality of the built environment and the need for care in developing this built environment needs to be communicated very broadly: to the public of course, but also to decision makers. More than ever, we need to convey the way we want to live in our cities, and discuss it with decision makers in a transdisciplinary way that includes the civic engagement of society and those who will take part in the designing and thinking of communities. -- Francesca Ferguson, Jury member, journalist and curator
Read on to discover the 7 finalists.
85 Social Housing Units in Cornellà by peris+toral.arquitectes / Spain
Frizz 23 by Deadline (Britta Jürgens + Matthew Griffin) / Germany
Railway Farm by Grand Huit and Melanie Drevet Paysagiste / France
Town House, Kingston University by Grafton Architects / United Kingdom
Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture by Francesca Torzo / Belgium
Emerging Architecture Category
Enrico Fermi School by BDR bureau / Italy
La Borda - Cooperative Housing by Lacol / Spain
The jury consists of Tatiana Bilbao, Francesca Ferguson, Mia Hägg, Triin Ojari, Georg Pendl, Spiros Pengas and Marcel Smets.