Two Irish Buildings Shortlisted for Mies van der Rohe Award
Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
The Model School Inchicore by Donaghy + Dimond Architects
Two buildings in Ireland have been selected for the 40 building shortlist for the 2017 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award announced by the European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe. The Model School Inchicore by Donaghy + Dimond Architects, and Merrion Cricket Pavilion by TAKA Architects were selected by the jury.
The Jury, composed of Stephen Bates (President), Gonçalo Byrne, Peter Cachola Schmal, Pelin Derviş, Dominique Jakob, Juulia Kauste and Małgorzata Omilanowska, has chosen 40 works which highlight the opportunities and the trends of today’s European territory: cities, housing, heritage and memory. The RIAI are a National Architecture Association nominator and individual nominators in Ireland are Shane O’Toole and Dr Sandra O’Connell.
Merrion Cricket Pavilion by TAKA Architects
The five finalists will be announced in mid-February and the Winner and the Emerging Architect in mid-May. The Award Ceremony will take place on 26 May 2017 at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona.
The 2015 winner was the Philharmonic Hall, Szczecin by Barozzi/Veiga with the collaboration of A4 studio. O'Donnell+Tuomey's Saw Swee Hock Student Centre for the London School of Economics was in the final five.
About the Mies van der Rohe Award
Prize: The Prize Winner receives €60.000 and a sculpture that evokes the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion of Barcelona. Professionals starting out on their careers have the opportunity to become an Emerging Architect Winner, and receive the sculpture together with €20,000. The prestige of the Prize and the determination to disseminate the knowledge and savoir-faire of European architects is brought forward with the organization of exhibitions and debates worldwide, bringing architecture nearer to citizens.
History of the Prize: The idea for a Prize that would recognise and commend excellence in European architecture was proposed to the European Parliament by MP Xavier Rubert de Ventós. On April 28 1987 – just under a year after the reconstruction of the Pavilion was completed – 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’, with the first biennial edition being held in 1988 as the ‘Mies van der Rohe Award for European Architecture’. In 2000 the Fundació Mies van der Rohe submitted the model of the Mies van der Rohe Award – with the addition of the Emerging Architect Special Mention that recognises the work of young professionals starting out on their careers – in response to the call for proposals by the European Commission for the ‘European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture’. Upon acceptance of the Fundació’s proposal, in 2001, the Mies van der Rohe Award became the official architecture prize of the European Union.
For more information visit http://miesarch.com/.