Buildings in Albania, Serbia and Slovakia have been shortlisted for the prestigious Mies van der Rohe Award for the 1st time.

The presence of buildings in new nations with the prospective to win Europe’s most prestigious prize is proof of the “new agenda” of architecture in Europe stated the jury.

Re-centring discussion “keeps architecture alive”

Awarded biannually, the prize is offered to the very best instance of European architecture completed in the final two years by a European architect. It is named right after Ludvig Mies van der Rohe, the German-American who was at the vanguard of modernist architecture in the 20th century.

Mies van der Rohe 2019 Shortlist
Skanderbeg Square, by 51N4E. Photo by Filip Dujardin

“The 40 functions highlight a new agenda that asks for new methods of pondering,” stated jury chair Dorte Mandrup, founder of Danish practice Dorte Mandrup.

“Excellence and skilfulness are inherent in all of them, but this is not adequate it is important that they also make an effect and make architects themselves consider differently about the profession,” she added.

“It is really refreshing to see how the architectural debate moves about Europe, altering its centre of discussion from 1 spot to yet another more than the years. This keeps architecture alive.”

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Architecture in post-communist nations recognised

Chosen from 383 nominations by a jury of seven that incorporated George Arbid, Angelika Fitz, Ștefan Ghenciulescu, Kamiel Klaasse, María Langarita and Frank McDonald, the shortlist incorporates projects from 17 European nations.

Mies van der Rohe 2019 Shortlist
Adaptation of the former factory Mlynica, by GutGut. Photo by Jakub Skokan a Martin Tůma

Albania, Serbia and Slovakia, post-communist nations in Eastern Europe, have projects shortlisted for the 1st time in the awards’ history.

Brussels-primarily based 51N4E was shortlisted for its redesign of Skanderbeg Square in the Albanian capital Tirana. Serbian architect Dejan Todorović for his reconstruction of Belgrade’s Museum of Modern Art, and Bratislava-primarily based studio GutGut for a Slovakian factory conversion.

Museé d'arts de Nantes, France, by Stanton Williams
Nantes Museum of Art, by Stanton Williams Architects

Architecture is no longer about “the most chic and shiny” stated cultural theorist Fitz, rather it “is truly about enhancing our lives and the way we reside collectively.”

British architecture snubbed ahead of Brexit

No UK buildings are amongst the 40 shortlisted for the 16th edition of Mies van der Rohe Award, and only 1 British architect has been recognised. The Stanton Williams-created Museum of Arts in Nantes is the only piece of British-created architecture in the operating for Europe’s most critical architecture award.

Higher profile projects on the 2019 shortlist incorporated BIG’s LEGO Property and ALA Architects library in Helsinki.

LEGO Property, by Massive. Photo by Iwan Baan

5 finalists will be announced on 13 February, and the winners ceremony will take spot on 7 May perhaps at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona.

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Final year NL Architects and XVW Architectuur won with their revamp of 1960s slab apartment block in Amsterdam.

Study on for the complete list of all 40 finalists by nation:


Albania
› Skanderbeg Square, by 51N4E

Austria
› Property of Music Innsbruck, by Erich Strolz
› Aspern Federal College, by Fasch &amp Fuchs Architekten
› Performative Brise- Soleil, by Studio Vlay Streeruwitz

Ryhove Ghent office by TRANS architectuur
Ryhove Urban Factory, by TRANS

Belgium
› Residential care centre, by Architecten de Vylder Vinck Taillieu
› Computer Caritas, by Architecten de Vylder Vinck Taillieu
› Ryhove Urban Factory, by TRANS
› De Krook library, by Coussée &amp Goris Architecten

Germany
› Residential and studio creating at the former Berlin flower market place, by Ifau
› Terracehouse Berlin, by Brandlhuber + Emde

Stadiums of 2018
Streetmekka Viborg, by EFFEKT

Denmark
› Streetmekka Viborg, by EFFEKT
› Hammershus Guests Centre, by Arkitema Architects
› LEGO Property, by Massive

Estonia
› Arvo Pärt centre, by Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos

Garciagerman Arquitectos design cactus centre in Madrid
Desert City, by Garciagerman Arquitectos

Spain
› Life Reusing Posidonia, by IBAVI
› Civic Centre Lleialtat Santsenca, by H Arquitectes
› Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre, by Selgascano
› Desert City, by Garciagerman Arquitectos
› Property 1413, by H Arquitectes
› Solo Property, by Workplace Kersten Geers David Van Severen

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Finland
› Helsinki Central Library Oodi, by ALA Architects

Theater in Freyming-Merlebach by Dominique Coulon & Associés
Théodore Gouvy Theatre in Freyming-Merlebach, by Dominique Coulon et associés

France
› The Perret Hall – Cultural Centre Francois, Atelier d’architecture Pierre Hebbelinck. Photo by Brix
› Nantes Museum of Art, by Stanton Williams Architects
› E26 College Refectory, BAST
› Théodore Gouvy Theatre in Freyming-Merlebach, by Dominique Coulon et associés
› Transformation of 530 dwellings, by Frédéric Druot Architecture, Lacaton &amp Vassal architectes, Christophe Hutin Architecture
› ENSAE Paris Tech, by CAB Architects
› Lafayette Anticipations, by OMA

Ireland
› St. Mary’s Medieval Mile Museum, by McCullough Mulvin Architects
› 14 Henrietta Street, by Shaffrey Architects

Visitor center park Vijversburg, by Studio MAKS with Junya Ishigami

Italy
› M9 Museum District, by Sauerbruch Hutton
› Prada productive headquarter, by Canali Associati
› Musis Sacrum, by Van Dongen-Koschuch

The Netherlands
› Visitor center park Vijversburg, by Studio MAKS with Junya Ishigami

Poland
› Silesia University’s Radio and Tv division, by BAAS arquitectura, Grupa five Architekci, Małeccy Biuro Projektowe

Department of Radio by Grupa 5 Architekci
Silesia University’s Radio and Tv division, by BAAS arquitectura, Grupa five Architekci, Małeccy Biuro Projektowe

Portugal
› Lisbon Cruise Terminal, by Carrilho da Graça

Romania
› Restoration, refurbishment of the headquarters of the order of architects of Romania, by Starh
› Occidentului 40, by ADN Birou de Arhitectura

Serbia
› Reconstruction of Museum of Modern Art Belgrade, by Nooto, Dejan Todorović

Slovakia
› Adaptation of the former factory Mlynica, by GutGut

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