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The Mies van der Rohe Award to Snøhetta
April 29, 2009
Snohetta Norwegian National Opera & Ballet OsloThe European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe announced today that the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Oslo, Norway by Snøhetta is the winner of the European Union Prize for
Contemporary Architecture
Mies van der Rohe Award 2009.
The Jury also awarded the Emerging Architect Special Mention to STUDIO UP/Lea Pelivan and Toma Plejić for Gymnasium 46°09'N/16°50'E, Koprivnica, Croatia.
The 60,000 € Prize funded with support by the European Union, one of the most important and prestigious prizes for international architecture, is awarded biennially to built works completed within the previous two years.
By supporting the prize, the European Commission underlines the role of architecture as a driver for creativity and innovation, opens up culture to audiences beyond national borders and draws attention to the European professionals' contribution in the development of new ideas and technologies that impact Europeans' everyday life.
The winner of the Prize was selected from a shortlist of five finalists:
- Zenith Music Hall, Strasbourg (France) by Studio Fuksas/Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas;
- Luigi Bocconi University, Milan (Italy) by Grafton Architects/Shelley McNamara, Yvonne Farrell;
- Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Oslo (Norway) by Snøhetta/Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, Tarald Lundevall, Craig Dykers;
- Multimodal Centre – Nice Tramway, Nice (France) by Atelier Marc Barani;
- Library, Senior Citizens' Centre and Interior Courtyard, Barcelona (Spain) by RCR Arquitectes.
The finalists were selected from 340 projects proposed by the Architects' Council of Europe (ACE) member associations, other national architectural associations, the group of Experts and the Advisory Committee.

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