Brussels, 26 April 2007
MUSAC Contemporary Art Museum of Castilla y
León by Mansilla + Tuñón wins the European Union Prize for
Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award
Ján Figel’, European Commissioner in
charge of Education, Training, Culture and Youth and Jordi Hereu, Mayor of
Barcelona and President of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, have announced
today that the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies
van der Rohe Award 2007 has been granted to the MUSAC - Contemporary Art Museum
of Castilla y León, Spain by Luis M. Mansilla and Emilio
Tuñón/Mansilla + Tuñón.
by Richard Burdett, visited the seven finalists works before coming to their
decision regarding the laureat of the Award for this
In making their decision to grant the Award to the MUSAC the jury praised the
tectonic clarity of the building and the intelligent realisation of the
programme. The jury appreciated the conceptual basis of a series of flexible
interior spaces that deal effectively with the challenges of exhibiting
The Emerging Architect Special Mention goes to Matija Bevk and Vasa J.
Perović/Bevk Perović arhitekti for their Faculty of Mathematics in
The selection of the award winners is a reflection of the main objective
underlying the Award, namely to acknowledge excellent and innovative projects
characterised by high-quality construction and to recognise the best
architectural works built in Europe in the past two years. By supporting this
Award in the framework of the Community Culture Programme the Commission
underlines the role that cultural activities play as engineers of creativity and
innovations in Europe.
Complementary information available to the press: http://www.miesbcn.com/en/press.html
 Jury members: Richard
Burdett (chair), Peter Cachola Schmal, Luis Fernández Galiano, Beth
Galí, Bettina Götz, Ellen van Loon, Mohsen Mostafavi, Francis Rambert
and Dietmar Steiner. Lluís Hortet (secretary), Diane Gray (coordinator of
2 Pôle universitaire de sciences de gestion (School for
Management), Bordeaux, France. Architect : Anne Lacaton & Jean
Philippe Vassal/Lacaton & Vassal Architectes
Centre Chorégraphique National (National Choreographic Centre),
Aix-en-Provence, France. (Rudy Ricciotti)
Phaeno Science Centre, Wolfsburg, Germany. Architects : Zaha
Hadid/Zaha Hadid Architects
Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany. Architects : Ben van
Centro de Artes de Sines (Sines Art Centre), Sines, Portugal.
Manuel Aires Mateus, Francisco Aires Mateus/Aires Mateus e Associados
Edifici Veles e Vents (Americas’ Cup Building),
Valencia,Spain. David Chipperfield/ David Chipperfield Architects, Fermin
Vázquez /b720 Arquitectos.
MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC
Contemporary Art Museum of Castilla y León), León, Spain.
Architects: Luis M. Mansilla, Emilio Tuñón/Mansilla +