Brussels, 22 May 2003
European Union prize for contemporary architecture
Viviane Reding, the Member of the Commission responsible for education and culture, today announced that the European Union prize for contemporary architecture the Mies van der Rohe Award has gone to Mrs Zaha Hadid for the design and construction of the Hoenheim Nord tram terminal in Strasbourg (France). The special commendation for young architects went to Mr Jürgen Mayer H. for the Scharnhauser Park municipal offices in Ostfildern (Germany).
"Architecture is not just a major art form in Europe it also has important cultural and social implications. This prize is designed to reward the talents of experienced and young architects alike, and to show the people of Europe how good contemporary European architecture is and how it is making a contribution to the harmonious development of our towns and cities," said Viviane Reding.
The prize and the special commendation form part of the "Culture 2000" programme, the initiative coming jointly from the European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation in Barcelona. The prize is awarded every two years for excellence and innovation in the design, technical merit and construction of European structures, and to help make people more aware of the cultural importance of contemporary architecture and its impact on the current and future development of Europe's towns and cities.
An international jury of nine members(1), comprising experienced architects and acknowledged experts in the field, and chaired by the British architect David Chipperfield, shortlisted 41 works out of an initial total of 269, and visited five of them. This year, the building which received the special commendation was among the five finalists.
The prize goes to recent buildings (no more than two years old) in any of the countries covered by the "Culture 2000" programme. Two awards are made each time round: the European Union prize for contemporary architecture the Mies van der Rohe Award and the special "young architect" commendation, which goes to architects of no more than 40 years of age at the start of their careers. In 2001, the awards went to Rafael Moneo for the Kursaal Centre in San Sebastián (Spain) and to Florian Nagler for the Kaufmann Holz Distribution Centre in Bobingen (Germany).
The Mies van der Rohe Award and the special commendation will be handed to the prize winners on 28 May 2003 in the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona. The Award is worth € 50 000, while the special commendation is worth € 10 000. The two winners will also receive a sculpture by the Catalan artist Xavier Corberó, inspired by the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion.
The ceremony will be followed on 29 May 2003 by a symposium on contemporary European architecture at the Collegi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya at which the two award-winning works and the rest of the shortlisted buildings will be on view. An exhibition of photographs and plans of the 41 shortlisted buildings, along with models and explanatory texts, will then tour various European cities, and a catalogue of these works will be published.
41 works selected by jury
|Austria||Zaha Hadid||Bergisel Ski Jump||Innsbruck|
|Austria||Rainer Köberl||Supermarket M-Preis Wenns||Wenns|
|Austria||Laurids Ortner, Manfred Ortner||Museumsquartier Wien: Mumok, Kunsthalle, Leopold Museum||Vienna|
|Belgium||Paul Robbrecht, Hilde Daem||Concert Hall||Bruges|
|Czech Rep||Richard Dolezal, Petr Malinský, Petr Burian, Michal Pokorný, Martin Kotík||EURO Palace||Prague|
|Czech Rep||Josef Pleskot||Pathway through Deer Moat||Prague|
|Denmark||Mads Bjørn Hansen, Roland Meier||Multipurpose House||Naestved|
|France||Pierre du Besset, Dominique Lyon||Multimedia Library||Troyes|
|France*||Zaha Hadid*||Terminus Hoenheim North*||Strasbourg*|
|France*||Anne Lacaton, Jean Philippe Vassal*||Palais de Tokyo Site for Contemporary Creation*||Paris*|
|France||Anne Lacaton, Jean Philippe Vassal||University of Arts & Human Sciences (2nd phase)||Grenoble|
|France||Dominique Perrault||Multimedia Library||Vénissieux|
|Germany||Florian Beigel||A Second Natural Landscape in Cospuden||Leipzig|
|Germany||Jens Bothe, Kai Richter, Hadi Teherani||Swiss Re Office Building||Unterföhring|
|Germany||Christian Brückner, Peter Brückner||Art Depot||Würzburg|
|Germany||Wolfgang Lorch, Nikolaus Hirsch, Andrea Wandel, Andreas Hoefer, Hubertus Wandel, Rena Wandel-Hoefer||Dresden Synagogue||Dresden|
|Germany*||Jürgen Mayer H.*||Scharnhauser Park Town Hall*||Ostfildern*|
|Germany||Till Schneider||Memorial Soviet Special Camp Nr.7/Nr.1 in Sachsenhausen||Oranienburg|
|Ireland||Shelley McNamara, Yvonne Farrell, Ger Carty, Philippe O'Sullivan, John-Barry Lowe,
|Dunshaughlin Civic Offices, Town Hall, 'One-Stop Shop'||Dunshaughlin|
|Ireland||Sheila O'Donnell, John Tuomey||The Furniture College||Letterfrack,
|Italy||Marco Navarra||Strip Park between Caltagirone & Piazza Armerina||Caltagirone Piazza Armerina|
|Italy||Francesco Venezia||Material Testing Laboratory IUAV||Venice|
|Norway||Jan Olav Jensen, Børre Skodvin||Mortensrud Church||Oslo|
|Portugal||J.P.Falcão de Campos||Dr. Saraiva Lima House||Alcácer do Sal|
|Spain||Iñaki Ábalos, Juan Herreros||Public Library in Usera||Madrid|
|Spain||Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, Ramon Vilalta||Tussols-Basil Athletics Track||Olot|
|Spain||Alberto Campo Baeza||Granada General Savings Bank||Granada|
|Spain||Javier García-Solera Vera||Lecture Hall 3, University San Vicente del Raspeig||Alicante|
|Spain||Luis M. Mansilla, Emilio Tuñón Álvarez||León Auditorium||León|
|Spain||César Portela||Fisterra Cemetery||Fisterra|
|Spain||José Miguel Roldán, Mercè Berengué||M&M Houses||Bellaterra|
|Spain||Benedetta Tagliabue, Enric Miralles||Parc dels colors||Mollet del Vallès|
|The Netherlands||Wiel Arets||Hedge House Art Gallery||Wijlre|
|The Netherlands*||Xaveer De Geyter*||Chassé Park Apartments*||Breda*|
|The Netherlands||Burton Hamfelt, Chris Moller, Dominic Papa, Jonathan Woodroffe||Schots 1 and 2||Groningen|
|The Netherlands*||Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries*||Hagen Island*||The Hague*|
|The Netherlands||Koen van Velsen||Media Authority Building||Hilversum|
|United Kingdom||Tony Fretton||The Sainsbury House||London|
|United Kingdom||Nicholas Grimshaw, Andrew Whalley, Jolyon Brewis, David Kirkland, Michael Pawlyn||The Eden Project||St. Austell, Cornwall|
|United Kingdom||Daniel Libeskind||Imperial War Museum North||Manchester|
|United Kingdom||William Russell||House on Bacon Street||London|
(1)Aaron Betsky, Eduard Bru, David Chipperfield, Ingeborg Flagge, Shane OToole, Matthias Sauerbruch, Kazuyo Sejima, Deyan Sudjic, Alejandro Zaera-Polo.