THE FIVE FINALISTS FOR THE EUROPEAN UNION PRIZE FOR CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE – MIES VAN DER ROHE AWARD 2009 PRESENT THEIR PROJECTS AT GAUDI’S LA PEDRERA IN BARCELONA
The five finalist architects for the EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2009: Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas, Grafton Architects, Snøhetta, Marc Barani, and RCR Aranda Pigem Vilalta Arquitectes will present their selected projects to the public in a series of special lectures on Wednesday 22 April 2009 at Gaudi’s La Pedrera in Barcelona.
The five finalist works for the 2009 Prize are:
Zenith Music Hall, Strasbourg (France) by Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas − Studio Fuksas
Luigi Bocconi University, Milan (Italy) by Shelley McNamara, Yvonne Farrell − Grafton Architects
Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Oslo (Norway) by Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, Tarald Lundevall, Craig Dykers − Snøhetta
Multimodal Centre – Nice Tramway, Nice (France) by Marc Barani − Atelier Marc Barani
Library, Senior Citizens’ Centre and Interior Courtyard, Barcelona (Spain) by Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, Ramon Vilalta − RCR Arquitectes
The 60,000 € Prize, one of the most important and prestigious prizes for international architecture, is awarded biennially to built works completed within the previous two years. It is funded with support from the European Commission and highlights the Commission’s aims to promote creativity and innovation and open up culture to audiences beyond national borders. This is the first time in the history of the Prize that finalists have been given the opportunity to present their projects to the public.
Previous winners include, among others, OMA − 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.