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April 17, 2011

Neues Museum Berlin David ChipperfieldThe Neues Museum in Berlin is the winner of the 2011 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award, the European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation announced. The building is a reconstruction, blending old and new, by UK architect Sir David Chipperfield. The 'Emerging Architect Special Mention' award goes to Ramon Bosch and Bet Capdeferro for the Collage House in Girona, Spain. The award ceremony will take place on 20 June at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona.

Collage House Girona Ramon Bosch Bet CapdeferroAndroulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, said: "My congratulations to our winners who have created two exceptional buildings. The Neues Museum brings the past and present together in an stunning mix of contemporary architecture, restoration and art. The Collage House in Girona is another remarkable renovation which fuses old and new materials in a harmonious whole."

The original Neues Museum, designed by Friedrich August Stüler, was built in the mid‐19th century. The building was severely damaged in the Second World War and reconstruction began in 2003, with the aim of restoring the site to its former glory. David Chipperfield, who worked on the project in collaboration with fellow British architect Julian Harrap, adopted a dynamic approach in his restoration. Rather than attempting to conceal the difference between the old and new elements, the past and present are beautifully combined to create an unforgettable building with multiple layers.

David Chipperfield, Principal of David Chipperfield Architects, said: “The reconstruction of the Neues Museum is a testament to the collaborative process undertaken in a demanding climate of public opinion. The result is evidence not only of the efforts of the professional team but of the commitment of the client and the city authorities to engage in this rigorous and articulated process.”

Mohsen Mostafavi
, Chair of the jury, said: “The rebuilding of the Neues Museum is an extraordinary achievement. Rarely have an architect and client succeeded in undertaking a work of such historic importance and complexity; especially one that involves both preservation and new building. The project raises and addresses many aesthetic, ethical, and technical issues. It is an exemplary demonstration of what collaboration can achieve in the context of contemporary European architectural practice.”

Lluís Hortet, Director of the Mies van der Rohe Foundation, said: “The decision of the jury was an extraordinary challenge due to the high quality of all the finalist projects. The Neues Museum by David Chipperfield is a very important statement of how a contemporary architectural intervention contributes to the re‐use of our heritage by improving its functional qualities and introducing outstandingly designed new architectorial elements for its museological purpose.”

European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe AwardArchitecture brings a significant contribution to EU economy. The sector represents an important part of the cultural and creative industries, which provide quality jobs for 8.5 million people in the EU and contribute 4.5% to Europe's GDP. The EU Culture programme – with a total budget of € 400 million for 2007‐2013 – supports cooperation projects in the field of architecture and cultural heritage.

Launched in 1987, the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture ‐ Mies van der Rohe Award is the most prestigious award in European architecture. It is presented every other year and the winner receives € 60,000. The 'Emerging Architect Special Mention' gets € 20,000.

The jury members who selected the finalists for 2011 are: Mohsen Mostafavi, Chair of the jury / Dean, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA; Ole Bouman, Director, Nederlands Architectuurinstituut, Rotterdam; Yvonne Farrell, Grafton Architects, Dublin; Annette Gigon, Gigon/Guyer, Zürich; Anne Lacaton, Lacaton & Vassal Architectes, Paris; Tarald LundevallSnøhetta, Oslo; Pei Zhu, Studio Pei‐Zhu, Beijing, and Lluís Hortet, Secretary of the jury / Director of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe.

The Prize Winner

Neues Museum Berlin David ChipperfieldNeues Museum
Berlin, Germany

David Chipperfield Architects

The Neues Museum on Berlin’s Museum Island was designed by Friedrich August Stüler and built between 1841 and 1859. Extensive bombing during the Second World War left the building in ruins, with entire sections missing completely and others severely damaged. Few attempts at repair were made after the war, and the structure was left exposed to nature. In 1997, David Chipperfield Architects ‐ in collaboration with Julian Harrap ‐ won the international competition for the rebuilding of the Neues Museum.

The key aim of the project was to recomplete the original volume, and encompassed the repair and restoration of the parts that remained after the destruction of the Second World War. The original sequence of rooms was restored with new building sections that create continuity with the existing structure. The archaeological restoration followed the guidelines of the Charter of Venice, respecting the historical structure in its different states of preservation. All the gaps in the existing structure were filled in without competing with the existing structure in terms of brightness and surface. The restoration and repair of the existing is driven by the idea that the original structure should be emphasized in its spatial context and original materiality ‐ the new reflects the lost without imitating it.

Emerging Architect Special Mention

Collage House Girona Ramon Bosch Bet CapdeferroCollage House
Girona, Spain

Bosch.Capdeferro arquitectures
Ramon Bosch, Bet Capdeferro

Located in the historical centre of the city of Girona, this project is composed of a series of dilapidated buildings that had been built over time. From the beginning, the architects realized that the big and old stone shells, which had been designed to establish an optimum relationship in terms of both the place and climate, offered unsurpassable conditions in which to live. Spatially, the relevance of the patios was especially important as centres of gravity for the interior. Slightly irregular geometries were adopted because they were capable of being discreetly enhanced within the original skeleton and the use of a vertical compositional pattern in all the new interventions gave a sense of unity as well as helping to emphasize the height clearance of the different floors of the building.

In terms of energy it was only necessary to potentiate the great quality and efficiency of the existing passive systems and with sufficient solar protection in summer and the addition of radiant flooring in winter, the house attains a high grade of thermal comfort. With respect to the materials the house itself provided an extremely valuable heritage in that grilles, mosaics and stones were available for reuse and continuity of the constructional language of the old neighbourhood was reflected by the simple mortar facings and stuccowork.

The winners were chosen from 343 submitted works in 33 European countries.
Six works were shortlisted for the main award. The other finalists were:

BrOnks Youth Theatre  MDMA Martine De Maeseneer Dirk Van den Brande

BrOnks Youth Theatre

Brussels, Belgium

Martine De Maeseneer, Dirk Van den Brande

Zaha Hadid MAXXI
MAXXI - Museum of XXI Century Arts

Rome, Italy

Zaha Hadid

DR Koncerthuset Copenhagen Concert Hall Jean Nouvel

DR Koncerthuset - Copenhagen Concert Hall

Copenhagen, Denmark

Jean Nouvel

Bernard Tschumi Acropolis Museum

Acropolis Museum

Athens, Greece

Bernard Tschumi

Koen van Velsen Groot Klimmendaal

Rehabilitation Centre Groot Klimmendaal

Arnhem, The Netherlands

Koen van Velsen

Exemplary Works

In addition to the Prize Winners the Jury makes a selection of exemplary architectural works produced for each cycle. This shortlist of works, chose from the 343 projects proposed by the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) member associations, other national architectural associations, the group of Experts and the Advisory Committee will be included in the catalogue as well as the travelling exhibition and for this edition, represent an important and unique anthology of the development of contemporary European architecture built during 2009 ‐ 2010.

Kaufhaus Tyrol Department Store
Innsbruck, Austria
David Chipperfield / David Chipperfield Architects

Stift Altenburg
Altenburg, Austria
Christian Jabornegg, András Pálffy / Jabornegg & Pálffy

Mumuth Music Theatre
Graz, Austria
Ben van Berkel / UNStudio

C‐Mine Cultural Infrastructure

Genk, Belgium
Freek Persyn, Johan Anrys, Peter Swinnen, Aglaia De Mulder / 51N4E

Passive House with Textile Skin

Asse, Belgium
Bart Vanden Driessche, Lieven Nijs, Barbara Oelbrandt / BLAF architecten

Victor Jara Cultural Hall
Sognies, Belgium
Michaël Bianchi, Florence Hoffmann, Olivier Bastin, Pierre Larauza, François Lichtlé / L’Escaut Architectures Yves Weinand / Bureau Etudes Weinand L’Escaut – Weinad (Temporary Association)

MAS | Riverside Museum
Antwerpen, Belgium
Willem Jan Neutelings, Michiel Riedijk / Neutelings Riedijk Architects

Robbrecht and Daem Architects Office
Gent, Belgium
Paul Robbrecht, Hilde Daem / Robbrecht en Daem architecten

UFO University Hall

Gent, Belgium
Xaveer De Geyter / XDGA Xaveer De Geyter Architects Stéphane Beel / Stéphane Beel Architecten T.V. Beel‐De Geyter Architects

Zagreb Dance Centre

Zagreb, Croatia
Saša Begović, Marko Dabrović, Tanja Grozdanić Begović, Silvije Novak / 3LHD Architects

Katarina Frankopan Kindergarden

Krk, Island of Krk, Croatia
Saša Randić, Idis Turato / Randić‐Turato Arhitektonski

8 House
Copenhagen, Denmark
Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christofferson, Ole Elkjær Larsen, Henrick Poulsen / BIG Bjarke Ingels Group

Kuokkala Church

Jyväskylä, Finland
Anssi Lassila, Teemu Hirvilammi, Jani Jansson / Lassila Hirvilammi Architects

Revitalisation and Public Spaces of the Nantes Island

Nantes, France
Alexandre Chemetoff, Patrick Henry / Alexandre Chemetoff & Associés, Bureau des paysages ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion Stuttgart, Germany Achim Menges / Institute for Computational Design ICD Jan Knippers / Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design ITKE

Bookmark Salbke Open Air Library

Magdeburg, Germany
Stefan Rettich / KARO* Architekten ‐ Heuer Rettich Hafermalz Sabine Eling‐Saalmann / Architektur+netzwerk Oaktree Opera Mülheim on the Ruhr, Germany Matthias Rick, Jan Liesegang / raumlaborberlin

KfW Westarkade

Frankfurt, Germany
Matthias Sauerbruch, Louisa Hutton, Juan Lucas Young / sauerbruch hutton

Father Collins Park

Dublin, Ireland
Mauro Romero, Fernando Abelleyro / ArArq Ireland Michael Goan, Philip Crowe / MCO Projects

Timberyard Social Housing

Dublin, Ireland
Sheila O’Donnell, John Tuomey / O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects

Visual Centre for Contemporary Art & George Bernard Shaw Theatre

Carlow, Ireland
Terry Pawson / Terry Pawson Architects

Reorganisation of the Access Area to Rivoli Castel

Rivoli, Italy
Erich Hubmann, Andreas Vass / Hubmann ∙ Vass Architekten

Juvet Landscape Hotel

Valldal, Norway
Jan Olav Jensen, Børre Skodvin / Jensen & Skodvin Arkitekter

Wooden Church

Tarnów, Poland
Marta Rowińska, Lech Rowiński / BETON

Pedestrian Bridge over the Carpinteira Stream
Covilhã, Portugal
João Luís Carrilho da Graça / JLCG Arquitectos António Adão da Fonseca / Afassociados, Projectos de Engenharia

Parking Lot Surface for D. Diogo de Menezes Square

Cascais, Portugal
Miguel Carlos Gomes Arruda / Miguel Arruda Arquitectos Associados

Paula Rego's House of Stories

Cascais, Portugal
Eduardo Souto de Moura / Souto Moura‐Arquitectos

New Town Market

Celje, Slovenia
Lena Krušec, Tomaž Krušec, Vid Kurinčič / Arhitektura Krušec

The Truffle

Costa da Morte, Spain
Antón García‐Abril / Ensamble Studio

House in Paderne
Paderne do Courel, Spain
Carlos Quintáns Eiras / Carlos Quintáns Arquitecto

Congress and Exhibition Centre

Ávila, Spain
Francisco Mangado / Mangado y Asociados

La Llotja Theatre and Congress Centre
Lleida, Spain
Francine Houben, Aart Fransenin / Mecanoo architecten in cooperation with Cristina Fernandez, Markus Lamber / LABB Architectura Barcelona

Madinat Al Zahra Museum
Córdoba, Spain
Fuensanta Nieto, Enrique Sobejano / Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos

Studio in the Woods
Madrid, Spain
Jose Selgas, Lucía Cano / Selgascano

TU Delft Faculty of Architecture

Delft, The Netherlands
‘The BK City Five’ led by Wytze Patijn: MVRDV + Fokkema & Partners + Braaksma & Roos + Kossmann.dejong + Octatube International

Blok K
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse / NL Architects

South London Gallery

London, United Kingdom
Tom Emerson, Stephanie Macdonald, Takeshi Hayatsu / 6a Architects

Nottingham Contemporary

Nottingham, United Kingdom
Adam Caruso, Peter St John / Caruso St John Architects

Previous Winners

European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award


Norwegian National Opera & Ballet
Oslo, Norway
Snøhetta / Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, Tarald Lundevall, Craig Dykers


MUSAC Contemporary Art Museum of Castilla y León
León, Spain
Luis M. Mansilla, Emilio Tuñón / Mansilla+Tuñón Arquitectos

Netherlands Embassy
Berlin, Germany
OMA / Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon

Car Park and Terminus Hoenheim North
Strasbourg, France
Zaha Hadid / Zaha Hadid Architects

Kursaal Centre
San Sebastián, Spain
Rafael Moneo

Mies van der Rohe Award for European Architecture

Kunsthaus Bregenz
Bregenz, Austria
Peter Zumthor

Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Paris, France
Dominique Perrault

Waterloo International Terminal
London, United Kingdom
Nicholas Grimshaw / Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners

Municipal Sports Stadium
Badalona, Spain
Esteve Bonell, Francesc Rius

Stansted Airport
London, United Kingdom
Norman Foster / Norman Foster+Partners

Banco Borges e Irmão
Vila do Conde, Portugal
Álvaro Siza Vieira

Emerging Architect Special Mention

Gymnasium 46° 09’ N / 16° 50’ E
Koprivnica, Croatia
Lea Pelivan, Toma Plejić / Studio UP

Faculty of Mathematics
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Matija Bevk, Vasa J. Perović / bevk perović arhitekti

Utrecht, The Netherlands
NL Architects / Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse, Mark Linnemann

Scharnhauser Park Town Hall
Ostfildern, Germany
Jürgen Mayer H.

Kaufmann Holz Distribution Centre
Bobingen, Germany
Florian Nagler

Text and images courtesy by Fundació Mies Van der Rohe

Photo of Neues Museum © Ute Zscharnt, Jörg von Bruchhausen
Photo of Collage House © José Hevia
Photo of BrOnks Youth Theatre © Filip Dujardin
Photo of MAXXI © Iwan Baan
Photo of DR Koncerthuset © Philippe Ruault
Photo of Acropolis Museum © Christian Richters
Photo of Rehabilitation Centre Groot Klimmendaal © Rob ‘T Hart

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