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40 European architecture projects shortlisted for Mies van der Rohe Award 2017

The 40 projects for Mies van der Rohe Award were selected from 355 works nominated

Polyvalent infrastructure, Spa, by Baukunst

Finland’s first high-rise wooden apartment building and OMA’s Fondazione Prada art centre are among 40 projects shortlisted for the European Union’s 2017 architecture prize, the Mies van der Rohe Award.

The biennial award – named after German-American architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe – is the most prestigious accolade in European architecture. It is awarded to the best building completed in the last two years by a European architect.

OMA’s Fondazione Prada in Milan

The 40 projects shortlisted for the 15th edition of the €60,000 (£51, 000) prize include four works each in France, Portugal and the United Kingdom, and three each in Denmark, Spain, Finland, the Netherlands and Norway.

Belgium, Germany, Ireland and Turkey each feature two shortlisted works, while Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Sweden each host one.

The 40 projects were selected from 355 works nominated for the award by a jury led by UK architect Stephen Bates and including architects Gonçalo Byrne, Peter Cachola Schmal, Pelin Derviş and Dominique Jakob.

Puukuokka Housing Block, Finland, OOPEAA Office for peripheral architecture

A third of the works tackle the challenge of contemporary architecture in relation with built heritage, like the century-old distillery in Milan that OMA has turned into a new arts centre for Fondazione Prada and the European Hansemuseum, which includes the Lübeck Castle Friary monument.

Another third of the works are housing – from collective accommodation for elderly people in Barcelona to an eight-storey apartment block in Finland made with prefabricated modules of cross-laminated timber.

Turner Prize winner Assemble also features for its work on the Granby Four Streets project in Liverpool.

Rasu Houses, Vilnius Lithuania, by Paleko Arch Studija and PLAZMA Architecture Studio

Five finalists will be named next month, and the overall winner will be announced in a ceremony on 26 May 2017 at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona – one of the architect’s most famous works.

Past winners include Barozzi Veiga’s Szczecin Philharmonic Hall in Poland (2015), the Harpa Concert and Conference Centre in Iceland (2013), David Chipperfield’s Neus Museum in Berlin (2011) and Snøhetta’s Opera House in Oslo (2009).

Scroll down for the full list of shortlisted projects:


» Polyvalent Infrastructure, Spa, by Baukunst
» Navez, Schaarbeek, by MSA / V+


» Kvæsthus Pier, Copenhagen, by Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects
» Skjern River Pump Stations, Skjern, by Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter
» Kannikegården, Ribe, by Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects


» Suvela Chapel, Ribe, by OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture
» Opinmäki School, Espoo, by Esa Ruskeepää
» Puukuokka Housing Block (house 1), Jyväskylä, by OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture


House 1014, Granollers Spain, by H Arquitectes

» Museum of the Royal Collections, Madrid, by Emilio Tuñón Architects; Mansilla + Tuñón Arquitectos
» House 1014, Granollers, by H Arquitectes.
» Collective housing for elderly people and civic and health centre, Barcelona, Bonell i Gil and Peris + Toral Arquitectes

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