Mies van der Rohe Award 2022 shortlist revealed

David Chipperfield’s restoration of Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie, a memorial park on the site of a former synagogue and a visitor center by Dorte Mandrup are among the 40 European projects nominated for this year’s Mies van der Rohe Award.

The biannual European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award is named after the modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

It is usually awarded by the European Union and Fundació Mies van der Rohe for the best European architecture project completed within the last two years. However, the 2022 edition will include works from the past 2.5 years, as the coronavirus pandemic has delayed the price.

Town House by Grafton Architects for Kingston University, UK
Above: Kingston University – Town House by Grafton Architects is on the shortlist. Photo by Dennis Gilbert. Top picture: like the Wadden Sea Center by Dorte Mandrup. Photo is by Adam Mørk

This year, the shortlisted works can be found in 18 different European countries. Austria, France and Spain have the most selected projects – five each – followed by Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom with three projects each.

Denmark, Finland, Poland and Portugal have two selected works, and the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania and Slovenia each have a project.

Revitalization of the riverbank of Prague
Revitalization of the Prague River by Petr Janda is on the list. The picture is by BoysPlayNice

The projects located in the UK are currently still on the shortlist – the same is two projects in the EU designed by British studies – despite the country having left the EU through Brexit, meaning they are no longer eligible for the award.

“As [EU Mies Award/YTAA ] is an EU-funded initiative, we are in the process of updating some of the content on this website in the light of the UK’s exit from the European Union, “reads a statement on the Mies van der Rohe Prize website.

“If the site contains content that does not yet reflect the UK’s withdrawal, it is inadvertent and will be processed.”

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The majority of the shortlisted works this year are collective housing projects with nine schemes of this typology.

There are seven cultural buildings on the list and six mixed buildings on the list.

Enrico Fermi School
The Enrico Fermi School of the BDR Bureau is the only Italian project on the list. Photo by Simone Bossi

The shortlist was chosen by a jury of architect Tatiana Bilbao, journalist and curator Francesca Ferguson, architect Mia Hägg, art historian Triin Ojari, architect Georg Pendl, former Thessaloniki deputy mayor Spiros Pengas and architect Marcel Smets.

Five finalists for the award will be announced on February 16, with the architecture and upcoming winners unveiled in mid-April. The EU Mies Awards Day, where the award ceremony will take place, will take place in the Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Pavilion in May.

Sports center in Barcelona
Turó de la Peira’s sports center by Arquitectura Anna Noguera and J2J Architects. Photo by Enric Duch

Sustainability and spaciousness were among the things the jury looked at this year.

“One of the key elements of architectural sustainability is the longevity of buildings,” Smets said. “If we build new buildings, we have to imagine their next life, allow their next life.”

“The pandemic has further changed our view of architecture and how we live. I personally think it is extremely important to highlight something where collective life is central, and perhaps also where there is a certain sense of local in it. Not only the global, but also the local, because people have recently rediscovered the importance of their immediate environment. “

High-profile projects up for grabs include the David Chipperfield renovation of the Mies van der Rohe-designed Neue Nationalgalerie gallery in Berlin, Petr Jandr’s revitalization of the Prague waterfront and Grafton Architects’ Kingston University London, which won the Stirling Prize in 2021.

Read on for the full list of all 40 finalists sorted by country:

›Atelierhaus C.21, by Werner Neuwirth
›School Campus Neustift, by Fasch & Fuchs Architekten
›Revitalization of a townhouse, by Mia2 Architektur
›Platform 21, by Einszueins Architektur
›New gallery and casemates / New Bastion, by Bevk Perovic Arhitekti

New gallery and casemates by Bevk Perovic Arhitekti
Neue Galerie und Kasematten is one of three German projects on the list. Photo by David Schreyer

›Gare Maritime, by Neutelings Riedijk Architects
›Melopee Multipurpose School Building, by Xaveer de Geyter Architects
›Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture by Francesco Torzo

Czech Republic:
›Prague Eyes – Riverfront Revitalization, by Petr Janda

›Wadden Sea Center, by Dorte Mandrup
›Malt Factory, by Praksis, VMB Restoration Architects, Kirstine Jensen Landscape Architecture, Morten Skovmand Artist and Henry Jensen Engineers

›Tikkurila Church and Housing, by OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture
›Helsinki Olympic Stadium Renovation and Extension, by KS2 Architects Ltd and Arkkitehdit NRT

Student housing in France
Five French projects were nominated, including the Student Housing and Reversible Car Park. Photo by Maxime Delvaux

›Kindergarten and primary school, by Atelier Julien Boidot
›Kulturcenter Hvidsten, by RAUM
›Railway Farm, by Grand Huit and Melanie Drevet Paysagiste
›Vertical Farm, by Ilimelgo and Secousses Architectes
›Student home and reversible parking space, by Baukunst and Bruther

›Frizz 23, by Deadline (Britta Jürgens + Matthew Griffin)
›Home stand / prefabricated house in Berlin, by FAR frohn & rojas
›New National Gallery, by David Chipperfield Architects

›Dexamenes Seaside Hotel, by K-Studio

›Expansion and reconstruction of Vizafogó kindergarten, by Archikon

›Enrico Fermi School, at BDR Bureau

LocHal Public Library, by Civic Architects, Braaksma & Roos architectenbureau and Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse
The LocHal Public Library was also nominated. Photo by Stijn Bollaert

›LocHal Public Library, by Civic Architects, Braaksma & Roos architectenbureau and Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse

›Vindmøllebakken, by Helen & Hard

›Local activity center by Marlena Wolnik MWArchitekci
›Great Synagogue Memorial Park, by Narchitektura / Bartosz Haduch

›Marquês de Abrantes’ Palace, by Ateliermob
›Portas do Mar – Public space and car park at Carrilho da Graça Arquitectos

›Apartment building Mumuleanu 14 / Urban Spaces, by ADN Birou de Arhitectura

›Market Square Ptuj, by Architecture Krušec and Studio AKKA

›Turó de la Peira’s sports center and layout of the inner city block, by Arquitectura Anna Noguera and J2J architects
›Restoration of Merola’s Tower, by Carles Enrich Studio
›La Borda – Condominium, by Lacol
›Fabra & Coats & Social Housing, by Roldán + Berengué Arquitectes
›85 social housing units in Cornellà, by Peris + Toral Arquitectes

Hill House Box by Carmody Groarke built around Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Hill House
Despite no longer being part of the EU, three UK projects were on the list, including the Hill House Box. Photo by Johan Dehlin

The United Kingdom:
›Hill House Box, by Carmody Groarke
›Second Home Offices in Holland Park, by SelgasCano
›Town House, Kingston University, by Grafton Architects

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