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Brits lose out in Mies Award - images

Zaha Hadid and David Chipperfield have been pipped to the post by Spanish practice Mansilla & Tuñón for this year's highly prestigious Mies van der Rohe Award

The Spaniards scooped the award - also known as the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - for their MUSAC Contemporary Art Museum of Castilla y León .

Hadid and Chipperfield were the only British practices to make the final shortlist: Hadid for her Phaeno Science Centre in Wolfsburg; Chipperfield for his America's Cup Building in Valencia, designed with Fermín Vázquez of b720 Arquitectos.

They were joined by Lacaton and Vassal Architectes, Rudi Ricciotti, UN Studio and Aires Mateus & Associados.

The jury, chaired by ODA design advisor Ricky Burdett, praised the MUSAC building for its 'tectonic clarity and the intelligent realisation of the building'.

Mansilla & Tuñón will pick up their award on 14 May at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona.

by Richard Vaughan

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