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Musac – Contemporary Art Museum of Castilla y León



Barcelona, April 2007

Awarded Work

MUSAC – Contemporary Art Museum of Castilla y León

MUSAC - Museo de arte contemporáneo de Castilla y León

León, Spain

Luis M. Mansilla, Emilio Tuñón

Mansilla + Tuñón

On a vast urban plan, MUSAC draws the scenario for art with the same optimistic attitude used by the Roman surveyors to sketch their cities in the landscape. In contrast to other types of museums that focus on the exhibition of frozen historic collections, MUSAC is a living space that opens its doors to the wide-ranging manifestations of contemporary art. This is an art centre that constructs a set of chessboards on which the action is the protagonist of the space; a structure that develops from an open system, formed by a fabric of squares and rhombi, and permitting the construction of a secret geography of memory.

MUSAC is a new space for culture, regarded as something that visualises the connections between man and nature.

A cluster of chained but independent rooms permit exhibitions of differing sizes and types. Each of the jaggedly shaped rooms constructs a continuous yet spatially differentiated area that opens onto the other rooms and courtyards, providing longitudinal, transversal and diagonal views. Five hundred prefab beams enclose a series of spaces that feature systematic repetition and formal expressiveness.

Outside, the public space takes on a concave shape to hold the activities and encounters, embraced by large coloured glass in homage to the city as the place for interpersonal relationships. Inside, a large area of continuous, different spaces, spattered with courtyards and large skylights, shapes an expressive system that speaks to us of the interest shared by architecture and art: the contemporary manifestation of the variable and the perennial, of equality and difference, of universality and transience, an echo of our own diversity and equality as people.

In its size, as a single-storey building with white concrete walls and large coloured glazing seen from the outside, MUSAC strives to be a space where art is at ease and helps to erase the boundaries between private and public; between work and leisure; and between art and life.

MUSAC - Contemporary Art Museum of Castilla y León Credits

Client: Castilla y León Regional Goverment, Gesturcal SA

Collaborators: Andres Regueiro, Ainoa Prats, Clara Moneo, Jaime Gimeno, Katrien Vertenten, Luis Diaz Mauriño, Matilde Peralta, Ricardo Lorenzana, Teresa Cruz

Technical Architects: Arcadio Conde, Juan Carlos Corona, Santiago Hernán

Consultants: JG Asociados

Structural Engineering: Gogaite / Alfonso Gomez Gaite

Construction Company:^ MUSAC UTE, FCC & TECONSA

Luis M. Mansilla and Emilio Tuñón Curriculum Vitae

1990 Office of Mansilla+Tuñón established in Madrid

Luis M. Mansilla

1959 Born in Madrid

1982 Diploma in Architecture, Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM)

1984 Prix de Rome, Academia Española de Bellas Artes, Roma

Since 1989 Professor, ETSAM

1998 Doctorate, ETSAM

1998 Visiting Professor, Städelschule, Frankfurt

2005 Visiting Professor, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

2006 Elliott Noyes Professor, Graduate School of Design (GSD), Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

^ Emilio Tuñón

1959 Born in Madrid

1981 Diploma in Architecture, ETSAM

Since 1986 Professor, ETSAM

1998 Visiting Professor, Städelschule, Frankfurt

2000 Visiting Professor, Universidad Politécnica de Puerto Rico

2005 Visiting Professor, EPFL

2006 Elliott Noyes Professor, GSD

Major Competitions

2002 1st Prize: Cantabria Museum, Vaguada de las Llamas, Spain

2002 1 st Prize: Royal Collection Museum, Madrid

2003 1st Prize: Masterplan of Valbuena Area, Logroño, Spain

2004 1st Prize: Lalín City Council, Spain

2005 1st Prize: Helga de Alvear Visual Arts Centre, Cáceres, Spain

Awards and Distinctions

2001 Premi FAD: Castellón Fine Arts Museum, Spain

2002 III Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura: Prize for Publications - CIRCO

2003 Premio Nacional de Arquitectura Española: León Auditorium

2005 Premio ENOR: MUSAC

2006 Premio VIA

Major Works

1996 Zamora Museum, Spain

1998 Indoor Swimming Pool, San Fernando de Henares, Spain

2000 Castellón Fine Arts Museum, Spain

2002 León Auditorium

2002 Regional Documentary Centre, Madrid

^ Emerging Architect Special Mention

Faculty of Mathematics

Fakulteta za matematiko

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Matija Bevk, Vasa J. Perović

Bevk Perović arhitekti

The new building for the Faculty of Mathematics, built in the University area of the city of Ljubljana, is not a building in a standard sense of the word. It is, in fact, an addition, a three-storey slab built on top of the existing two-storey building. The design concept is based on the development of the idea of public spaces as a series of transparent 'rooms', carved out of the building mass and hovering above the city.

At first glance a formally simple architecture is precisely formulated, whether one looks at the programmatic organisation or at the tactile treatment of surfaces. The elegant glass skin, screenprinted with different densities of the same pattern, articulates the programmatic structure behind (different densities of the pattern correspond to different lighting conditions).

Simultaneously, seemingly random prints appear as if they are forming together an independent overall surface of the building. Only the public and communal spaces of the school have a glass skin without a printed pattern, thus establishing a dialogue between the interior and the city beyond.

Faculty of Mathematics Credits

Client: University of Ljubljana

Collaborators: Maja Valič, Nika Prešeren, Robert Loher

Structure: Elea iC / Angelo Žigon, Marko Pavlinek, Jana Pribaković

Mechanical: Celarc / Tomi Celarc

Electrical: Eldata / Borut Glavnik

Management: Loka Invest

Construction Companies: GPG (General Contractor), Reflex (Elevation)

Matija Bevk and Vasa J. Perović Curriculum Vitae

1997 Office of Bevk Perović Arhitekti established in Ljubljana

Matija Bevk

1972 Born in Ljubljana

1999 Diploma in Architecture, Fakulteta za Arhitekturo, Univerza v Ljubljani

^ Vasa J. Perović

1965 Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia

1992 Diploma in Architecture, Arhitektonski Fakultet, Belgrade

1994 Master of Architecture, Berlage Institute, Amsterdam

Major Competitions

1998 2nd Prize: National Opera and Ballet, Ljubljana

1998 2nd Prize: City Museum, Ljubljana

2002 1st Prize: Social Housing, Maribor, Slovenia

2005 1st Prize: Nonprofit Housing Brdo, Ljubljana

2006 2nd Prize: Social Housing Polje II, Ljubljana

Awards and Distinctions

2005 Prešeren Award – National Prize for Culture: Works 2002-05

2005 Plečnik Prize for Architecture: Social Housing Polje, Ljubljana

2005 Piranesi Award: Social Housing Polje

2006 Golden Pencil, Slovenian Chamber of Architects: Student Housing Poljane, Ljubljana

2006 Kunstpreis Berlin Förderungspreis 2006, Akademie der Künste, Germany

Major Works

2003 Royal Dutch Embassy Residence, Ljubljana

2004 House SB, Ljubljana

2005 Social Housing Polje, Ljubljana

2006 House H, Ljubljana

2006 Student Housing Poljane, Ljubljana

^ Information: Other six finalists for the 2007 Award

In addition to the MUSAC, the jury of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2007, chaired by architect Ricky Burdett and formed by Peter Cachola Schmal, Beth Galí, Bettina Götz, Luis Fernández Galiano, Ellen van Loon, Mohsen Mostafavi, Francis Rambert, Dietmar Steiner and Lluís Hortet as secretary, selected six other finalists as candidates for the Award, one of the most important and prestigious on the international architecture scene. This selection is a faithful reflection of the principal objective underlying the Award, namely to acknowledge excellent and innovative projects characterised by high-quality construction.

Sines Arts Centre, Sines, Portugal

Centro de Artes de Sines

Francisco Aires Mateus, Manuel Aires Mateus / Aires Mateus e Associados

Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany

Ben van Berkel / UNStudio

America’s Cup Building, Valencia, Spain

Edifici Veles e Vents

David Chipperfield / David Chipperfield Architects

Fermín Vázquez / b720 Arquitectos

Phæno Science Centre, Wolfsburg, Germany

Phæno – Die Experimentierlandschaff

Zaha Hadid / Zaha Hadid Architects

School for Management, Bordeaux, France

Pôle universitaire de sciences de gestion

Anne Lacaton, Jean Philippe Vassal / Lacaton & Vassal Architectes

National Choreographic Centre, Aix-en-Provence, France

Centre chorégraphique nationale

Rudy Ricciotti / Rudy Ricciotti architecte

Sines Arts Centre

Centro de Artes de Sines

Sines, Portugal

Francisco Aires Mateus, Manuel Aires Mateus

Aires Mateus e Associados

The Art Centre is situated at the start of the main street linking the town of Sines to the sea and marking the traditional entrance to the historic nucleus. The wide-raging programme - including exhibition rooms, a library, theatre and a documentation centre - calls for the whole site to be occupied, enveloping the street below ground level and adapting its exterior volume to the monumental scale of the castle walls. The four modules are set out on the upper floors in parallel bands interspersed with patios. The decks were hung from a bridge-like structure supported on the perimetral walls alone. This system allows a spatial configuration on the basement level that is adapted to the dimensions of the common areas and at street level it guarantees an unbroken view across the inside of the building, thereby including its activities in the daily life of the town.

1988 Office of Aires Mateus & Associados established in Lisbon

Manuel Aires Mateus

1963 Born in Lisbon

1986 Diploma in Architecture, Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (FAUTL)

1986-98 Professor, FAUTL

Since 1997 Professor, Universidade Lusíada de Lisboa

Since 1998 Professor, Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa (UAL)

2001-06 Visiting Professor, Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio (AAM)

2002-06 Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Design (GSD), Harvard University, Cambridge

2005 Visiting Professor, Fakulteta za Arhitekturo, Univerza v Ljubljani, Ljubljana

^ Francisco Aires Mateus

1964 Born in Lisbon

1987 Diploma in Architecture, FAUTL

1998-06 Professor, UAL

2001-06 Visiting Professor, AAM

2002-04 Visiting Professor, GSD

Major Works

2002 Commercial Centre Carmen Frova, Venice

2003 New Lisbon Central Library

2003 Hotel and Apartment Buildings, Dublin

2005 Hotel and Housing Facilities, Óbidos, Portugal

2006 Aquapura Touristic Resort, Otsevo, Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)

Mercedes-Benz Museum

Stuttgart, Germany

Ben van Berkel


The Mercedes-Benz Museum intricately combines structure and content. The Museum is specifically devised to showcase a collection in which technology, adventure, attractiveness and distinction are merged. It is also a Museum for people to freely move through. Lastly, it is a Museum for the city, a new landmark to celebrate the enduring passion of Stuttgart’s most famous inventor and manufacturer. The structure of the 25,000 m² museum is based on a trefoil; both in its internal organisation and in its outward expression this geometry responds to the car-driven context of the Museum. In its materialisation the museum reproduces the values that we associate with Mercedes-Benz: technological advancement, intelligence, and stylishness.

1988 Office of UNStudio established in Amsterdam

Ben van Berkel

1957 Born in Utrecht

1987 Diploma in Architecture, Architectural Association (AA), London

1991-93 Visiting Professor, Columbia University, New York

1997-99 Master of Architecture, AA

2000 Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Design (GSD), Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

2000-02 Visiting Professor, Princeton University, Princeton

2001 Professor of Conceptual Design, Staedelschule, Frankfurt am Main

Major Works

1996 Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam

1998 Mobius House, Het Gooi, The Netherlands

1999 Het Valkhof Museum, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

2002 Electrical Substation, Innsbruck, Austria

2004 Galleria Department Store, Seoul, South Korea

^ America’s Cup Building

Edifici Veles e Vents

Valencia, Spain

David Chipperfield / David Chipperfield Architects

Fermín Vázquez / b720 Arquitectos

The centrepiece of the reorganisation of Valencia's industrial port, the Veles e Vents building provides a central base for all America's Cup teams and sponsors, as well as being a venue for the public to view the races. The 10,000 m² four-floor building is composed of a series of stacked and shifting horizontal planes that provide shade and uninterrupted views extending out to sea. The ground floor acts as the reception area for the VIP facilities and has a canal-facing restaurant open to the public. The first floor is public with retail facilities and a generous viewing deck that connects to the park. The second and third floors house the VIP facilities: including the restaurant 'Foredeck Club'. The building is a concrete structure with deep cantilevered floor slabs creating the unobstructed and shaded viewing decks that surround all the floors which are connected with large external staircases and ramps.

1984 Office of David Chipperfield Architects established in London

David Chipperfield

1953 Born in London

1977 Diploma in Architecture, Architectural Association, London

1987-88 Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Design (GSD), Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

1992 Visiting Professor, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria

1993-94 Visiting Professor, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

1995-2001 Professor, Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Kunst, Stuttgart

2001 Mies van der Rohe Chair, Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona

Major Works

1997 River and Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames, UK

2002 Ernsting Service Centre, Coesfeld-Lette, Germany

2005 Villaverde Social Housing, Madrid

2006 Des Moines Public Library, Iowa

2006 Museum of Modern Literature, Marbach am Neckar, Germany

1997 Office of b720 Arquitectos established in Barcelona

Fermín Vázquez

1961 Born in Madrid

1987 Diploma in Architecture, Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid

2001 Mies van der Rohe Chair, Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona

2003 Workshop Tutor, École d’Architecture et Paisage de Bordeaux (with Xaveer de Geyter and Tania Concho)

Major Works

2001 MN19 Office Building, Barcelona

2004 Corporative Office Building for Indra’s Headquarters, Barcelona

2004 Fira Towers, Barcelona (with Toyo Ito)

2005 Agbar Tower, Barcelona (with J. Nouvel)

2005 Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia Extension, Madrid (with J. Nouvel)

Phæno Science Centre

Phæno – Die Experimentierlandschaff

Wolfsburg, Germany

Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid Architects

Located on a special site in the city of Wolfsburg the Phæno Science Centre is both the endpoint of a chain of important cultural buildings and a connecting link to the north bank of Volkswagen’s Autostadt. Volumetrically, the building is structured so that it maintains a large degree of transparency and porosity on the ground since the main volume of the exhibition space is raised, thus covering an outdoor public plaza with commercial and cultural functions residing in the structural concrete cones. Multiple threads of pedestrian and vehicular movement are pulled through the site both on an artificial ground landscape and inside the building, effectively composing an interface of movement paths. The predominant use of individually fabricated formwork elements and cast-in-situ concrete have made possible the jagged angles, looming curves, fractured planes and daring protrusions that characterise the building.

1979 Office of Zaha Hadid Architects established in London

Zaha Hadid

1950 Born in Baghdad, Iraq

1971 Diploma in Mathematics, American University, Beirut, Lebanon

1977 Diploma in Architecture, Architectural Association (AA), London

1977-86 Unit Master, AA

1987-93 Visiting Professor, Columbia University, New York

1988-93 Kenzo Tange Chair, Graduate School of Design (GSD), Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Since 2004 Professor, Universität für angewandte Kunst, Vienna

2000, 02, 04, 07 Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

Major Works

1993 Vitra Fire Station, Weil am Rhein, Germany

2001 Car Park and Terminus Hoenheim North, Strasbourg

2002 Bergisel Ski Jump, Innsbruck, Austria

2003 Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, Ohio

2005 Ordrupgaard Museum Extension, Copenhagen

School for Management

Pôle universitaire de sciences de gestion

Bordeaux, France

Anne Lacaton, Jean Philippe Vassal

Lacaton & Vassal Architectes

The spatial programme for the School of Management extends over four floors with the ground floor functioning as an initial level for the individual faculties. The main entrance leads directly to a large courtyard in the centre of the buiding from where independent vertical connections lead to the upper floors. On the first floor there are three lecture rooms which are glazed on the side facing the yards, as well as an information facility, a multimedia centre and classrooms for the basic courses. The floors above are divided into separate sections which house the various faculties, thus creating open spaces that allow additional natural light to reach the lower floors. The natural light is generous, controlled by the position of the louvres (open, closed, semi-closed), and all the rooms have a large view to the city or to the surrounding hill, or to the courtyards or patios. Continuous surrounding balconies with large containers of climbing roses, metal frames and screen railings enhance the facade on all floors.

1987 Office of Lacaton & Vassal Architectes established in Bordeaux

2000 Office moved to Paris

^ Anne Lacaton

1955 Born in Saint-Pardoux la Rivière, France

1980 Diploma in Architecture, École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture et de Paysage de Bordeaux (ENSAP)

1984 Diploma in Town Planning, Université de Bordeaux

2003, 06 Visiting Professor, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

^ Jean Philippe Vassal

1954 Born in Casablanca, Morocco

1980 Diploma in Architecture, ENSAP, Bordeaux

1992-99 Professor, ENSAP, Bordeaux

2002-06 Visiting Professor, École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Versailles

2005 Visiting Professor, Peter Behrens School of Architecture, Düsseldorf

Major Works

2001 University of Arts and Human Sciences, Grenoble

2002 Palais de Tokyo, Paris

2002 Office Building, Nantes

2005 Social Housing, Mulhouse, France

2006 Hall for Trade Fairs and Exhibition Centre, Paris

National Choreographic Centre,

Centre chorégraphique nationale

Aix-en-Provence, France

Rudy Ricciotti

Rudy Ricciotti architecte

The new National Choreagraphic Centre is located on a sloping and rather constricted site outside of Aix-en-Provence’s historical centre in an area undergoing urban regeneration. The 3000 m² building accomodates the dance company of Angelin Preljocaj and consists of office areas and four dance studios along with a theatre with capacity for some 400 persons. Designed in accordance with seismic regulations, the programmatic need for open floors completely free of columns required the shift of the structural load to the facade. Known as the ‘Black Pavilion’ for the predominant use of this colour on both the interior and the exterior, the facade is characterised by massive structural members in black concrete that criss cross asymmetrically over the surface allowing natural light into the glazed volume underneath.

1980 Office of Rudy Ricciotti Architecte established in Bandol, France

Rudy Ricciotti

1952 Born in Algiers, Algeria

1975 Diploma in Architecture, École d’Ingeneurs de Genève

1980 Diploma in Architecture, École Superieure d’Architecture, Marseille

1995 Professor, École des Beaux Arts de Marseille

1997-98 Visiting Professor, École Spéciale d’Architecture de Paris

Major Works

1994 Concert and Sports Stadium, Vitrolles, France

1996 Secondary School, Saint Quen, France

2000 Nickolaïsal Philharmonic Hall, Potsdam, Germany

2003 Footbridge of Peace, Seoul, South Korea

2006 University Paris VII : Rehabilitation of ‘Les Grands Moulins’

The jury has also singled out a further 33 works that, by virtue of their exceptional quality, will be included in the exhibition and catalogue about the 2007 Award. The jury has selected works from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. A total of 272 projects from thirty two European countries finished between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2006 were proposed by a sizable group of independent international experts and the national associations of architects.

Award-Winning Project

MUSAC - Contemporary Art Museum of Castilla y León

MUSAC - Museo de arte contemporáneo de Castilla y León

León, Spain

Mansilla + Tuñón

Luis M. Mansilla, Emilio Tuñón

Photo: Luis Asín Photo: Luis Asín

Emerging Architect Special Mention

Faculty of Mathematics

Fakulteta za matematiko

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Matija Bevk, Vasa J. Perović

Bevk Perović arhitekti

Photo: Miran Kambic Photo: Miran Kambic

Finalists works

Sines Arts Centre

Centro de artes de Sines

Sines, Portugal

Francisco Aires Mateus, Manuel Aires Mateus

Aires Mateus e Associados

^ Mercedes-Benz Museum

Stuttgart, Germany

Ben van Berkel


^ America’s Cup Building

Edifici Veles e Vents

Valencia, Spain

David Chipperfield / David Chipperfield Architects

Fermín Vázquez / b720 Arquitectos /

^ Phæno Science Centre

Phæno – Die Experimentierlandschaff

Wolfsburg, Germany

Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid Architects

^ School for Management

Pôle universitaire de sciences de gestion

Bordeaux, France

Anne Lacaton, Jean Philippe Vassal

Lacaton & Vassal Architectes

^ National Choreographic Centre

Centre chorégraphique nationale

Aix-en-Provence, France

Rudy Ricciotti

Rudy Ricciotti architecte

Works selected for exhibition and catalogue

^ Woermann Tower

Torre Woermann

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Iñaki Ábalos, Juan Herreros

Ábalos&Herreros arquitectos

^ Sea Organ

Morske orgulje

Zadar, Croatia

Nikola Bašić



Clonmel, Co.Tipperary, Ireland

Kevin Bates, Tom Maher

Architects Bates Maher

^ Svartlamoen Housing

Trondheim, Norway

Geir Brendeland, Olav Kristoffersen

Brendeland & Kristoffersen Arkitekter

^ Brick House

London, United Kingdom

Adam Caruso, Peter St John

Caruso St John Architects

^ GlaxoSmithKline Day Nursery

Asilo per il Campus GlaxoSmithKline

Verona, Italy

Antonio Citterio, Patricia Viel

Antonio Citterio and Partners

^ Illa de la Llum Housing at Diagonal Mar

Habitatges Illa de la Llum a Diagonal Mar

Barcelona, Spain

Lluís Clotet, Ignacio Paricio

Clotet, Paricio i Assoc., SL

^ Economics Building, University of Ghent

Faculteit Economie, Universiteit Gent

Ghent, Belgium

Xaveer De Geyter/Xaveer De Geyter Architects

Stéphane Beel /Stéphane Beel Architecten

^ The Bridge

De Brug

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Chris de Jonge

JHK Architecten

^ Pedestrian Bridge Simone de Beauvoir

Passerelle Simone de Beauvoir

Paris, France

Dietmar Feichtinger

Feichtinger Architectes

^ Free University of Berlin

Freie Universität Berlin

Berlin, Germany

Norman Foster

Foster + Partners

^ New Trade Fair Milan

Nuova Fiera Milano

Milan, Italy

Massimiliano Fuksas

^ Lakeside Bath

Lido di Caldaro

Caldaro-Kaltern, Italy

Marie-Therese Harnoncourt, Ernst J. Fuchs

the next ENTERprise

^ Ecker Abu Zahra House

Ecker Abu Zahra Haus

Luftenberg, Austria

Gernot Hertl


^ VM Housing Complex

VM Husene

Ørestad, Denmark

Bjarke Ingels, Julien De Smedt


^ New Monastery for Cistercian Order on Tautra

Tautra Mariakloster

Tautra, Norway

Jan Olav Jensen, Børre Skodvin

Jensen & Skodvin Arkitektkontor

^ Intervention on Nasrid Wall and Surrounding Area

Intervención en la muralla nazarí y su entorno

Granada, Spain

Antonio Jiménez Torrecillas

^ Hotel Sotelia

Podćetrtek, Slovenia

Dean Lah, Milan Tomac


^ West School Complex

Groupe scolaire ouest

Obernai, France

Duncan Lewis / scape architecture

Klein & Baumann Architectes (associated architects)

^ Jaume Fuster Library

Biblioteca Jaume Fuster

Barcelona, Spain

Josep Llinàs

^ Santa Caterina Market

Mercat de Santa Caterina

Barcelona, Spain

Enric Miralles, Benedetta Tagliabue

Miralles Tagliabue EMBT

^ Shipping and Transport College

Scheepvaart en Transport College

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Willem-Jan Neutelings, Michiel Riedijk

Neutelings Riedijk Architects

^ Agbar Tower

Torre Agbar

Barcelona, Spain

Jean Nouvel / Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Fermín Vázquez / b720 Arquitectos

^ Kastrup Sea Bath

Kastrup Søbad

Kastrup, Copenhagen, Denmark

Fredrik Pettersson

hs white arkitekter a/s

^ Fran Krsto Frankopan Elementary School

Osnovna Skola Fran Krsto Frankopan

Krk, Croatia

Saša Randić, Idis Turato

randić-turato architects

^ New Area Terminal Madrid-Barajas (NAT)

Nueva area terminal del aeropuerto de Madrid-Barajas (NAT)

Madrid, Spain

Richard Rogers / Richard Rogers Partnership

Carlos Lamela / Estudio Lamela

^ Federal Environmental Agency


Dessau, Germany

Matthias Sauerbruch, Louisa Hutton

sauerbruch hutton architekten

^ Fluc 2, Music and Art Club, Transformation of a Pedestrian Underpass

Fluc 2. Musik und Kunstklub – Transformation einer Fußgängerunderpass

Vienna, Austria

Klaus Stattmann

Büro für Architektur und Forschung

SM House

Canakkale, Turkey

Han Tumertekin, Eylem Erdinc

Mimarlar Tasarim

^ Ecoboulevard of Vallecas

Ecobulevar de Vallecas

Madrid, Spain

Belinda Tato, José Luis Vallejo, Diego García-Setien

Ecosistema Urbano Arquitectos

^ Garden Pavilion for the Boxy Catering Company

Deurle, Belgium

Maarten Van Severen

^ Documentation Centre Hinzert

Dokumentationshaus Hinzert

Hinzert, Germany

Andrea Wandel, Wolfgang Lorch, Nikolaus Hirsch

Wandel Hoefer Lorch + Hirsch architekten

Background information 9 jury members

^ RICHARD BURDETT (United Kingdom) President of the jury

Architect. Centennial Professor in Architecture and Urbanism at the London School of Economics (LSE) and founding director of the LSE Cities Programme, a centre that explores links between architecture, urban design and urban society. Since 2007, Burdett is Principal Design Adviser to the Olympic Delivery Authority for the London 2012 Olympics, as well architectural adviser to the Mayor of London, member of the Greater London Authority's Architecture + Urbanism Unit and sits on the City of Barcelona's Quality Committee. He was the Director of the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale and has been a member of the Urban Task Force which has shaped current national policy on cities in Britain. He is architectural adviser to Tate Modern Gallery, the sole architectural adviser to the BBC and is a contributor to architectural publications writing regularly for the magazines Domus and Topos.


Architect. Director of Deutsches Architektur Museum (DAM) in Frankfurt. His most important exhibitions have been UNStudio: Evolution of Space (2006); Frankfurt Airport: Terminal 3 Competition Proposals; Kisho Kurokawa: Metabolism & Symbiosis; European Central Bank: Competition Proposals. Architectural critic and editor since 1994, he has produced 12 books, and written numerous articles in magazines and other publications. He has been Adjunct Professor for Design II at Fachhochschule Frankfurt-am-Main and Assistant Professor of building construction at Technische Universität Darmstadt.


Architect. Professor at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid. Editor of the journals AV/Arquitectura Viva, he has written on architecture for Spain’s leading newspaper, El País. A member of the Royal Academy of Doctors, he has been Cullinan Professor at Rice University; a Visiting Scholar at the Getty Center of Los Angeles; and Visiting Critic at Princeton, Harvard, and the Berlage Institute. He has taught courses at the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo and Universidad Complutense de Madrid. President of the jury for the 9th Venice Architecture Biennial and for the XV Chile Architecture Biennial, he has curated the exhibitions El espacio privado in Madrid and Extreme Eurasia in Tokyo, and has been on the jury of several international competitions. Among his books are La Quimera moderna, El Fuego y la memoria and Spain Builds, the latter in collaboration with New York’s Museum of Modern Art.


Architect. President of FAD (Association for the Promotion of the Decorative Arts). Since 1994, she has lectured in City Planning at the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona. She is also Visiting Lecturer at several European universities, such as Delft, Lausanne and Zurich. During the 2000-2001 academic year she was a guest lecturer at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. She has been awarded first prize in the following competitions: the development of public areas in Hafencity (Hamburg, Germany, 2006); for the remodelling of Cornmarket Street, Cork (Ireland, 2006); and for the urban development project of the Vía Augusta between Diagonal and Plaça Molina (Barcelona, 2006). She has 25 years experience in building, city planning and urban design projects, as well as in directing both building projects and civil works. She has curated several exhibitions and often collaborates with books and other publications.

^ BETTINA GÖTZ (Austria)

Architect. Since 2006, she is Professor for Design and Building Construction at the Universität der Künste Berlin. She is partner with Richard Manahl in the architectural firm ARTEC established in Vienna in 1988. Principal works by ARTEC are the Pharmacy in Aspern, Vienna and the Zehdengasse School, Vienna. Their urban projects include Terraced Building Typology, Vienna and Apartment Buildings on Laxenburgerstrasse, Vienna. ARTEC has been awarded the City of Vienna Architecture Prize and the Aluminium Architecture Prize for Raum Zita Kern. The EFAFLEX office and industrial building in Baden, Austria was among the exemplary works chosen by the jury of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award 2005.

^ ELLEN VAN LOON (The Netherlands)

Architect. Joined the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in 1998 and became partner in OMA in 2002. She was Project Manager of the Casa da Musica in Porto, as well as the Dutch Embassy in Berlin, for which OMA and partner Rem Koolhaas was given the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award Award 2005. She was Project Architect for the development of the Universal Headquarters Building in Los Angeles, as well as for the MAB towers in Rotterdam. Prior to working with OMA, she spent several years working with Foster and Partners on the design of the Reichstag in Berlin.

^ MOHSEN MOSTAFAVI (United Kingdom)

Architect. Dean of the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University and the Arthur L. and Isabel B. Wiesenberger Professor of Architecture. Formerly Chairman of the Architectural Association in London, he has served on the design committee of the London Development Agency with Richard Rogers and Norman Foster among others and is currently involved as a consultant on a number of architectural and urban projects of international significance. He has been member of the RIBA Gold Medal Selection Committee and the Steering Committee of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. His architectural projects and research have been published in many journals including Architectural Review, AA Files, Arquitectura, Bauwelt, Casabella, Centre and Daidalos. Co-author of Architecture and Continuity (1983), Delayed Space (with Homa Farjadi, 1994) and On Weathering (with David Leatherbarrow, 1993), which received the American Institute of Architects’ commendation prize for architectural theory.


Journalist and critic. Director of Institut français d’architecture (Ifa), department of the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine in Paris. From 1990 to 2004, he wrote for the culture section of Le Figaro. Co-founder and editor-in-chief of d’Architectures magazine. He has published numerous articles on architecture and design in the specialised media including: Beaux Arts, Le Journal des Arts, and above all in Connaissance des Arts, where he is a regular contributor. Author of various books such as a monograph about Massimiliano Fuksas for Editions du Regard (1997), he has also curated exhibitions such as Bouge l’Architecture, Cities on the Move (Paris, 2002), and the architectural biennials in Buenos Aires (1998 and 2001) and in Rotterdam (2003).


Architect. Director of the Architekturzentrum, in Vienna (AZW). Professor in Architecture History and Theory at the Universität für angewandte Kunst in Vienna up to 1989. From 1995-99 he was editor-in-chief for architecture for Domus magazine and is author of numerous books and articles. Curator of the Austria Pavilion at the 2002 Architecture Biennal in Venice, he is currently President of the International Confederation of Architectural Museums (ICAM) and serves as a member of numerous juries and as a consultant on a variety of projects related with architecture and urban development.

^ LLUÍS HORTET (Barcelona), Secretary of the jury.

Director of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe

DIANE GRAY (Barcelona), Coordinator of the Award

Fundació Mies van der Rohe

Background Information

European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture –

Mies van der Rohe Award

In 1987, the European Commission, together with the European Parliament and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, created the Mies van der Rohe Award for European Architecture. In 2001, as part of the Culture 2000 programme, this Award led to the creation of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture awarded every two years. The Award is awarded to recent works, less than two years old, produced in countries covered by the Culture 2000 programme1.

The purpose of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award is to acknowledge excellence and conceptual, technical and constructional innovation. The European Commission created the Award with the aim of fostering greater understanding, on the part of the public in general as well as institutions and the private sector, of architecture’s cultural role in the construction of European cities. Additional aims are to create professional opportunities for architects throughout the Union, as well as to provide support for young architects who have just embarked on their careers. To further this latter objective, the Award includes an Emerging Architect Special Mention.

The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award consists of a cash prize of €50,000, while the Emerging Architect Special Mention is endowed with €10,000. Along with the cash prizes, the winners will also be awarded with a sculpture by the Catalan artist Xavier Corberó inspired by the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, one of the 20th century’s major architectural works.

The works awarded the Award and the special mention along with all the works selected by the jury for their outstanding qualities are presented in an exhibition and published in the Award catalogue.

1 Member states of the European Union: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, United Kingdom; in addition the EEA/EFTA countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway; the acceding countries: Romania, Bulgaria,Turkey; and the candidate countries: Croatia and the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).

Previous Winners


Winner of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture –

Mies van der Rohe Award

2005 Netherlands Embassy Berlin, Germany

Office for Metropolitan Architecture / Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon

2003 Car Park and Terminus Hoenheim North, Strasbourg, France

Zaha Hadid

2001 Kursaal Centre, San Sebastián, Spain

Rafael Moneo

Emerging Architect Special Mention

2005 BasketBar, Utrecht, The Netherlands

NL Architects / Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse, Mark Linnemann

2003 Scharnhauser Park Town Hall, Ostfildern, Germany

Jürgen Mayer H.

2001 Kaufmann Holz Distribution Centre, Bobingen, Germany

Florian Nagler


Winners of the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion Award for European Architecture:

1999 Bregenz Art Museum, Bregenz, Austria

Peter Zumthor

1997 Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France

Dominique Perrault

1994 Waterloo Station, London, United Kingdom

Nicholas Grimshaw / Nicholas Grimshaw & Associates

1992 Municipal Sports Stadium, Badalona, Spain

Esteve Bonell, Francesc Rius

1990 Stansted Airport Terminal, London, United Kingdom

Norman Foster / Norman Foster & Associates

1988 Banco Borges e Irmão, Vila do Conde, Portugal

Álvaro Siza Vieira

^ Exhibition and Catalogue

The Foundation is organising a traveling exhibition that will be presented in diverse museums and institutions. The contents of this exhibition include texts that explain the Award and its objectives; drawings and photographs of each work presented (the works awarded the Award and the Special Mention as well as the selection of the jury); and models. The approach of this exhibition is that it be highly didactic and provide ample information for both architectural professionals and students as well as the general public. A catalogue will also be published that includes extensive documentation about all the works selected by the jury along with articles by the members of the jury and institutional presentations. This catalogue as well as the traveling exhibition represents an important and unique panorama of the development of contemporary European architecture by serving as an anthology of some of the best work produced during 2005 and 2006.


Construmat (the International Construction Exhibition organised by the Fira (Trade Fair) of Barcelona) is the largest of its kind in Spain and one of the top three in Europe. The 2007 edition, which takes place May 14 – 19, is the largest ever, featuring 4.500 exhibitors from some 50 countries. In addition to being a showcase for the presentation of new construction products and techniques, the other major objective is to become an international forum for reflection and analysis on the future of building.

^ The Mies van der Rohe Pavilion and Fundació Mies van der Rohe

The Pavilion was built for the 1929 Barcelona World Exposition and disassembled the following year. Half a century later, and in view of the importance of the pavilion in terms of contemporary architectural history, the Barcelona City Council, with architect Oriol Bohigas at the head of its Urban Planning Department, decided to faithfully reconstruct the building. The project was carried out after extensive research by Ignasi de Solà-Morales, Cristian Cirici and Fernando Ramos between 1983 and 1986 on the Pavilion’s original Montjuïc site.

The Fundació Mies van der Rohe was set up in 1983 with the aim of working towards the reconstruction of the pavilion. Since the completion of the project, the Fundació, member of the International Confederation of Architectural Museums (ICAM), has been entrusted with the task of preserving and managing the pavilion building.

The Fundació Mies van der Rohe serves also to foster debate on contemporary architecture and urbanism, to build up a documentary archive on Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and on modern and contemporary architecture, and to organise correlated awards, courses, lectures, exhibitions, publications and studies.

In accordance with the rules for the Award itself, an Advisory Committee collaborates with the Fundació Mies van der Rohe regarding all aspects of the organisational process. This committee comprises 16 of the most prestigious architectural institution throughout Europe: Architektur Zentrum Wien, Vienna; Architecture Foundation, London; arc en rêve centre d’architecture, Bordeaux; Berlage Institute, Rotterdam; Biennale di Venezia, Venice; Gammel Dok, Copenhagen; DESSA, Ljubljana; Deutsches Architektur Museum, Frankfurt; EUROPAN, Paris; Fundació Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona; Institut français d’architecture, Paris; Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki; Nasjonalmuseet for Kunst, Architektur og Design, Oslo; Nederlands Architectuurinstituut, Rotterdam; Triennale di Milano, Milan and RIBA Foundation, London.

^ Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886 – 1969)

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was born in Aachen, Germany in 1886. As a result of time spent working under the influence of Peter Behrens, Mies developed a design approach based on advanced structural techniques and Prussian Classicism. Famous for the phrase “less is more,” he fostered a style of architecture based on material honesty and structural integrity. Over the last twenty years of his life, Mies achieved his vision of a monumental ‘skin and bone’ architecture, his later works embodying the idea of universal, simplified architecture.

His major works include amongst others: Werkbund Exposition and Apartments: Weissenhofsiedlung, Stuttgart, Germany, 1927; H.Langer House, Krefeld, Germany, 1928; German Pavilion, Barcelona, Spain, built 1928-1929, demolished 1930; Tugendhat House, Brno, Czech Republic, 1930; Farnsworth House, Plano, Illinois, 1946-1950; Lake Shore Drive Apartments, Chicago, Illinois, 1948-1951; Crown Hall (IIT), Chicago, Illinois, 1950-1956; Seagram Building, New York, 1954-1958; New National Gallery, Berlin, Germany, 1962-1968.

European Commission information: Frédéric Vincent at +32-02/298.71.66

Fundació Mies van der Rohe information: Pilar Casanova +34- or e-mail

Complementary information available to the press: (

- Information about the Award and photographs

- Information about the proposed projects

- Information about the nine jury members

Note to the Editors: The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture is a joint initiative of the European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe. The Award as well as a special mention for young architects are awarded every two years to recent works, less then two years old, produced in countries covered by the Culture 2000 programme. Their objective is to show modern creativity and to make people aware of the way that modern architecture is socially and culturally rooted in European cities.

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