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INFORMATION of 7 February 2014 Frankfurt am Main


Mies van der Rohe Award 2013

Henning Larsen Architects with Batteríið Architects and Studio Olafur Eliasson: Concert Hall and Conference Centre Harpa, Reykjavik\Iceland, 2011 © Photo: Nic Lehoux

8 February — 20 April 2014

Deutsches Architekturmuseum DAM,

Schaumainkai 43, Frankfurt am Main, Ground Floor


Fri, 7 February 2014, 19.00


Fri, 7 February 2014, 11.00


On Saturdays and Sundays 15.00


Tue, Thu — Sun 11.00 — 18.00 \ Wed 11.00 — 20.00 \

Mon closed














The Mies van der Rohe Award is Europe’s most prestigious architectural accolade. The prize, which has been bestowed every other year for as many as 25 years, crowns high-caliber architecture of cultural significance and commends outstanding projects destined to promote modern urban development. The list of world-famous award winners includes such heavy-weights as David Chipperfield, Rem Koolhaas and Zaha Hadid.

For the 2013 Mies van der Rohe Award the international jury selected the winning entry from among 335 nominated projects from 37 European countries, with Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center in Reykjavik/Iceland, which was designed by Henning Larsen Architects in conjunction with Batteríið Architects and Studio Olafur Eliasson, emerging as best of the best. Works by BIG Bjarke Ingels Group, Aires Mateus Arquitectos, Marie-José Van Hee architekten and Jürgen Mayer H were among the finalists.

Featuring an extensive spread of models and plates the exhibition presents work by the current prizewinner, the winner of the “Emerging Architect Special Mention”, the finalists and 34 projects that made it on the shortlist. The winning projects of the last 25 years will also be on show.

The principal objectives of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award are to recognise and commend excellence in the field of architecture and to draw attention to the important contribution of European professionals in the development of new ideas and technologies. The Prize as well as the Emerging Architect Special Mention are awarded biennially to works completed within the previous two years, produced in countries covered by the Culture programme of the European Union.

In this way, the Prize offers both individuals and public institutions an opportunity to reach a clearer understanding of the cultural role of architecture in the construction of our cities. Furthermore, the Prize sets out to foster architecture in two signifcant ways: by stimulating greater circulation of professional architects throughout the entire European Union and by supporting young architects as they set off on their careers.

Candidates for the Prize are put forward by a broad group of independent experts from all over Europe, associations that form part of the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) and other European national architects’ associations, as well as the Advisory Committee members. At each biennial edition, the Jury selects two works: one that receives the Prize and the other the Emerging Architect Special Mention both in recognition of their conceptual, technical and constructional qualities. The Jury also selects a set of shortlisted works to be included in both the Prize catalogue and exhibition.

The Prize consists of a cash prize of 60,000€, while the Special Mention is endowed with 20,000€. Along with the cash prizes, the winners are also awarded a sculpture designed by the Catalan artist Xavier Corberó inspired by the columns of the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, symbol of the Prize and one of the 20th century’s major architectural works.

Reykjavik/Iceland, 2011

Peer Teglgaard Jeppesen, Osbjorn Jacobsen / Henning Larsen Architects; Olafur Eliasson / Studio Olafur Eliasson; Sigurdur Einarsson / Batteríið Architects
Harpa forms part of an extensive plan to expand and revitalize the eastern harbour of Reykjavik, as well as to improve the connection between this part of the harbour and the city centre. The building consists of both concert and conference facilities, including four main halls.

Seen from the foyer, the configuration of the halls forms a sort of ‘massif’, recalling the rocky Icelandic Coast, which contrasts to the expressive multifaceted glass façade that is the result of a unique collaboration with Studio Olafur Eliasson.

The changing daylight penetrating the façade creates a vibrant and adventurous play of light, shadow and colour in the foyer. Inspired by the crystallized basalt columns commonly found in Iceland, the southern façades create kaleidoscopic reflections of the city and the surrounding landscape. Made of a twelve-sided space-filler of glass and steel that Eliasson calls ‘quasi brick’, the building appears as an ever-changing play of colour, reflected in the more than 1,000 three-dimensional bricks composing the southern façade. The remaining façades and the roof are made of sectional representations of this geometric system, resulting in two-dimensional flat façades of five and six-sided structural frames.

Light and transparency are the key elements of the building. Emerging on the border between the land and the sea, the crystalline structure captures and reflects the light – promoting a dialogue between the building, the city, and the surrounding landscape. One of the main ideas has been to ‘dematerialise’ the building as a static entity and let it respond to the surrounding colours of the city lights, ocean and glow of the sky.


Madrid/Spain, 2012

María Langarita, Victor Navarro / Langarita-Navarro Arquitectos
The Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) is a nomadic annual music festival. The 2011 edition of RBMA was going to be held in Tokyo, but given the devastating effects of the earthquake, the location had to be changed. With only two months to build, the city of Madrid took over.
The creative space known as Matadero Madrid, which is located in an early 20th-century industrial warehouse complex, was designated as the event’s new location.

The RBMA at Matadero Madrid launched the programming for the new Nave de Música, a space specifically dedicated to audio creation and research. The construction project was approached as a temporary structure based on the criteria of adaptability and reversibility that would make it easy to completely or partially reconfigure over time.

Under these circumstances and in an emergency situation, the work began on an infrastructure capable of meeting the precise technical and acoustic needs of the event, in addition to accelerating, promoting and enriching a series of extremely intense artistic encounters that would take place between the participating musicians.

At the same time, an environment was added that would record and archive everything taking place. The proposal was developed following five guidelines: deadlines and budget, preservation of the warehouse, programme requirements, acoustics, and temporariness. As a result, the project unfolded in the warehouse’s interior in the form of a fragmented urban structure in which the variable relationship between proximity and independence, and pre-existence and performance, could offer unexpected stages to its community of inhabitants.


  • Market Hall, Ghent/Belgium, 2012. Paul Robbrecht, Hilde Daem / Robbrecht en Daem architecten; Marie-Jose Van Hee / Marie-José Van Hee architecten

  • Superkilen, Copenhagen/Denmark, 2012. Bjarke Ingels, Nanna Gyldholm Moller, Mikkel Marcker Stubgaard / BIG Bjarke Ingels Group; Martin Rein-Cano, Lorenz Dexler / Topotek 1; Jakob Fenger, Rasmus Nielsen, Bjornstjerne Christiansen / Superflex

  • Nursing Home, Alcacer do Sal/Portugal, 2010. Francisco Aires Mateus, Manuel Aires Mateus / Aires Mateus

  • Metropol Parasol, Sevilla/Spain, 2011. Jürgen Mayer H., Andre Santer, Marta Ramirez Iglesias / J. MAYER H.


Wiel Arets, Chair of the jury

Principal, Wiel Arets Architects, Amsterdam, Berlin, Maastricht, Zürich / Dean, College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago.

Pedro Gadanho

Curator, Contemporary Architecture, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York

Antón García-Abril

Principal, Ensamble Studio

Louisa Hutton

Principal, Sauerbruch Hutton Architects, Berlin

Kent Martinussen

CEO, Danske Arkitekter Center (DAC), Copenhagen

Frédéric Migayrou

Director, Architecture & Design, Centre Pompidou, Paris / Barlett Professor of Architecture, London

Ewa Porebska

Editor-in-Chief, Architektura-murator, Warsaw

Giovanna Carnevali, Secretary of the Jury

Director, Fundació Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona


The idea for a prize for European architecture was proposed to the European Parliament by MP Xavier Rubert de Ventós. On April 28, 1987 an agreement was signed between European Commissioner Carlo Ripa di Meana and Barcelona Mayor Pasqual Maragall to launch the ‘Mies van der Rohe Award of the European Communities’, and the first edition was carried out in 1988.

In 2000 the Fundació Mies van der Rohe submitted the model of the Mies van der Rohe Award in response to the call for proposals by the European Commission for the ‘European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture’. In this new phase, the Emerging Architect Special Mention, which recognises gifted young professionals, was added. Upon acceptance, the Mies van der Rohe Award became the official architecture prize of the EU and since then, six editions have been carried out (in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011).

The basic objectives and organisational procedures that were established in 1987 have remained the same. From the beginning, the Prize has been a collective project that benefits from the collaboration of the Steering and Advisory Committees, the ACE member architects’ associations and the other national architects’ associations, the independent experts, jury members and the architects whose works are proposed every two years.

One of the most important aspects is that in addition to the works to be granted the Prize and the Special Mention the Jury makes a selection of works to be published in a catalogue and included in a travelling exhibition. This has resulted in a series of publications that have mapped the evolution of European architecture over the last two decades years and have provided an important archive of documentation that includes photographs, original drawings, digital material and models.

Also, the Prize emphasises what European architecture has to offer to the rest of the world. The works proposed are not limited by scale or programme. The selection of the Jury for each edition has included private houses, public housing, museums and cultural installations, sports facilities and large-scale urban and infrastructure projects with the common denominator being the contribution that these works make to the construction of the city.


Fundació Mies van der Rohe (ed.)

European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture

Mies van der Rohe Award 2013

english/catalan, Softcover, 188 pages , size 24 x 17 cm

Museum shop prize: 29,- EUR, not in bookstores available


European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture.

Mies van der Rohe Award 1988-2013
8 February – 20 April 2014

The exhibition is hosted in cooperation with Fundacío Mies van der Rohe/Barcelona.

Committee of Honour

S.A.R. el Príncipe de Asturias

Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth

Antoni Vives, President of the Fundacio Mies van der Rohe

Doris Pack, Member of the European Parliament, Chairwoman of the Committee on Culture and Education

Jan Truszczyński, Director General for Education, Training, Culture and Youth of the European Commission

Selma Harrington, President of the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE)
Board of Trustees Fundació Mies van der Rohe

Ajuntament de Barcelona, Ministerio de Fomento, Generalitat de Catalunya. Departament de Territori i Sostenibilitat, Consorci de la Zona Franca, Fira de Barcelona, Col・legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya, Escola Tecnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona, The Museum of Modern Art/ New York, Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz,/ Berlin.

Prize Steering Committee

Architekturzentrum Wien/ Vienna, Dansk Arkitektur Center/ Copenhagen, Deutsches Architekturmuseum/ Frankfurt, Fundacio Mies van der Rohe/ Barcelona, Institut francais d’architecture/ Paris, Nederlands Architectuurinstituut/ Rotterdam, RIBA/ London, Triennale di Milano/ Milan.

Prize Advisory Committee

arc en reve centre d’architecture/ Bordeaux, Architecture Foundation/ London, Architekturzentrum Wien/ Vienna, Arkkitehtuurimuseo/ Helsinki, Arkitekturmuseet/ Stockholm, CIVA/ Brussels, Dansk Arkitektur Center/ Copenhagen, DESSA/ Ljubljana, Deutsches Architekturmuseum/ Frankfurt, Fundacio Mies van der Rohe/ Barcelona, Institut francais d’architecture/ Paris, Nasjonalmuseet for Kunst, Arkitektur og Design/ Oslo, Nederlands Architectuurinstituut/ Rotterdam, RIBA/ London, Triennale di Milano/ Milan.


Yannis Aesopos, Felix Arranz, Tom Avermaete, Balint Bachmann, Ursula Baus, Dominique Boudet, Marco Brizzi, Konrad Buhagiar, Matevz Celik, Pierre Chabard, Francois Chaslin, Sarah Cremin, Marc Dubois

Andrzej Duda, Lukas Feireiss, Jorge Figueira, Manuel Gausa, Stefan Ghenciulescu, Christina Grawe, Joseph Grima, Gonzalo Herrero Delicado, Hans Ibelings, Anne Isopp, Boris Brorman Jensen

Luzlim Kabashi, Omer Kanipak, Audrys Karalius, Martin Keiding, Robert Konieczny, Vlatko P. Korobar, Igor Kovacevic, Ivan Kucina, Alexandre Labasse, Tomas Lauri, Mari Lending, Maciej Milobedzki, Maroje Mrduljaš, Jorma Mukala, Christine Murray, Triin Ojari, Osamu Okamura, Arjen Oosterman, Shane O’Toole, Suha Ozkan, Petros Phokaides, Luigi Prestinenza, Sixten Rahlff, Tatjana Rajic, Kristien Ring, Arno Ritter, Marina Romero, Roman Rutkowski, Giampiero Sanguigni, Carole Schmit, Georgi Stanishev, Lina Stergiou, Grzegorz Stiasny, Maria Topolcanska, Elsa Turkusic, Roemer van Toorn, Joao Vieira Caldas, Vesna Vučinić, Ellis Woodman, Artis Zvirgzdņš.

Architects Council of Europe (ACE) Members

AAA, Shoqata e Arkitekteve te Shqiperise, Albania

BAIK, Bundeskammer der Architekten und Ingenieurkonsulenten, Austria

FAB, Koninklijke Federatie van de Architectenverenigingen van Belgie, Belgium

CNOA, Conseil National de l’Ordre des Architectes, Belgium

Asocijacija Arhitekata u Bosni u Hercegovini, Bosnia and Herzegovina

САБ, Съюз на архитектите в България, Bulgaria

КАБ, Камарата на архитектите в България, Bulgaria

UHA, Udruženje Hrvatskih Arhitekata, Croatia

Σύλλογος Αρχιτεκτόνων Κύπρου, Cyprus

ČKA, Česká komora architektů, Czech Republic

AA Akademisk Arkitektforening, Denmark

Danske Arkitektvirksomheder, Denmark

EAL, Eesti Arhitektide Liit, Estonia

SAFA, Suomen Arkkitehtiliitto Finlands Arkitektförbund, Finland

UNSFA, Union Nationale des Syndicats Français d’Architectes, France

CIAF, Conseil International des Architectes Français, France

Syndicat de l’Architecture, France

CNOA, Conseil National de l’Ordre des Architectes, France

AAM, Асоцијација на архитекти на Македонија, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

VFA, Vereinigung Freischaffender Architekten Deutschlands, Germany

BdB, Bund Deutscher Baumeister, Architekten und Ingenieure, Germany

BDA, Bund Deutscher Architekten, Germany

BAK, Bundesarchitektenkammer, Germany

TEE, Τεχνικό Επιμελητήριο Ελλάδας, Greece

Σ.Α.Δ.Α.Σ. - Π.Ε.Α., Συλλογοσ Αρχιτεκτονων Διπλωματουχων Ανωτατων Σχολων - Πανελληνια Ενωση

Αρχιτεκτονων, Greece

MEK, Magyar Epitesz Kamara, Hungary

RIAI, Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, Ireland

CNAPPC, Consiglio Nazionale Degli Architetti, Planificatori, Paesaggisti e Conservatori, Italy

LAS, Latvijas Arhitektu savienības, Latvia

LAS, Lietuvos architektų sąjunga, Lithuania

OAI, Ordre des Architectes et des Ingenieurs-Conseils, Luxembourg

KTP, Kamra tal-Periti, Malta

Arkitektbedriftene i Norge, Norway

NAL, Norske arkitekters landsforbunds, Norway

IARP, Izba Architektow Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej, Poland

Stowarzyszenie Architektow Polskich, Poland

Ordem dos Arquitectos, Portugal

OAR, Ordinul Arhitecților din Romania, Romania

SKA, Slovenska komora architektov, Slovakia

ZAPS, Zbornica za arhitekturo in prostor Slovenije, Slovenia

CSCAE, Consejo Superior de los Colegios de Arquitectos de Espana, Spain

SAR, Svenska Arkitekters Riksforbund, Sweden

BNA, Bond van Nederlandse Architecten, The Netherlands

Bureau Architectenregister, The Netherlands

TMMOB Mimarlar Odası, Turkey

ARB, Architect’s Registration Board, United Kingdom

RIBA, Royal Institute of British Architects, United Kingdom
Other European Architects Associations

Arkitektafelag Islands, Iceland

Liechtensteinische Ingenieur-und Architektenvereinigung, Liechtenstein

Union of Serbian Architects, Serbia

Association of Architects of Montenegro
Fundació Mies van der Rohe

Director Giovanna Carnevali

Breaking New Ground Coordinator Ivan Blasi

European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture/Mies van der Rohe Award 2013

Coordinator and curator Diane Gray
Prize Technical Team and exhibition coordination Anna Bes, Meritxell Cuspinera, Jordi Garcia

Collaborators Nuria Benages, Ivan Blasi, Houda El Bakkali, Anouk Manuel, Raul Martinez, Alejandro Raya

Communication Anna Giro, ICE - Imagen y Comunicacion Empresarial, Mercedes Soler-Lluro, Ines Soler-Lluro, Gemma Pascual

Prize Administration Team Laura Arenas, Manager, Arnau Cabeza, Clara Moreno, Victor Sanchez

Transport Vailogistic

Model maintenance Adria Maynes

Graphic Design David Lorente.

Production Dolors Soriano

Printing maud, inditec


  • First Jury meeting and 2013 selected projects: Nihao Films

  • Jury visits the 5 finalists and interviews: Ariadna Ribas/Director, Pol Galofre/Production manager, Uri Valverde,/Cinematographer, Julia Benach & Anna Rajadell/Sound design, Carla Ramis/Editor-FX, Gracia Camps & Carlotta Schiavon/ Production assistant, Adria Mayol, Albert Segarra & Paco Ferrari/Cameras, Sandra Formatger/Gaffer, Aleix Lopez/Camera assistant.

in collaboration with ESCAC
The exhibition material for the projects has been provided by the architects. We want to thank all the architects’ offices for the donations of the models and all the staff for their valuable collaboration.

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