On February 16, 2022, at the EU Mies Award exhibition at the Zodiak Pavilion in Warsaw, the European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe have announced the finalists of the Mies van der Rohe Prize 2022, the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture. The seven selected projects are built based on the principles of sustainability, carefully choosing construction techniques and materials, providing examples that, according to the jury, “ennoble” the space in which we live and use. .
The five finalists in the “Architecture” category are:
“85 social housing units” in Cornellà de Llobregat, designed by peris+toral.arquitectes, which chose wood as the main material to add to the quality of construction while reducing construction time and CO2 emissions. The plans of the different levels are articulated around a matrix of communicating rooms, without corridors, optimizing the use of the space available on each floor and ensuring great flexibility in the use of space.
Frizz23 in Berlin, by Deadline (Britta Jürgens + Matthew Griffin), is a pioneering project that will serve as a model for other cities. The cultural and commercial spaces of the project were created through innovative participatory processes, in a project proposing a new approach to urban development in which the architects work in permanent dialogue with the users, the neighborhood and the city.
Rail Farm by Big Eight and Mélanie Drevet Landscaper in Paris is a complex combining urban agriculture and solidarity. Based on principles of sustainability and circular economy, the complex includes an unheated greenhouse, a restaurant, a mushroom cellar and a permaculture garden, as well as social housing for vulnerable people and student accommodation.
the Townhouse at Kingston University in London, designed by Grafton Architectsis inspired by a progressive vision of education where different spaces and uses fit together under a high colonnade that surrounds the whole, giving it visibility on its environment and balancing the urban and human scales.
“Z33 House of contemporary art, design and architecture” in Hasselt, Belgium, designed by the Italian architect Francesca Torzointeracts with the existing buildings of the former Convent of the Beguines and reflects their introverted character, with its walls almost completely sealed off from the street side but open to the garden.
The two finalists of the “Emerging Architecture” competition category are:
Enrico Fermi School in Turin, designed by BDR officetransforming a school building built in the 1960s to give the town a “community school”, an example that could be replicated in other contexts to modernize existing Italian schools.
La Borda – Cooperative housing in Barcelona, by Lacolis a self-managed development to access non-speculative housing with minimal environmental impact and low energy consumption, both during construction and throughout the life of the houses.
The judges of the EU Mies Award will visit all seven projects in March, and the winners in both categories will be announced by the end of April. The award ceremony, accompanied by debates and an exhibition of the finalist projects, will take place on May 12, 2022 at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona.
Images reproduced with the kind permission of Fundació Mies van der Rohe – EU Mies Prize and architects
85 social housing units in Cornellà photo by José Hevia (03-04)
Frizz 23 photo by Matthew Griffin (05-06)
Photo of the railway farm by Myr Muratet (07-08)
Town House – Kingston University photo by Ed Reeve (09) and Dennis Gilbert (10)
Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture photo by Gion Balthasar Von Albertini (11-12)
Enrico Fermi school photo by Simone Bossi (13-14)
La Borda – Cooperative housing photo © Institut Municipal de l’Habitatge i Rehabilitació de Barcelona (15-16)