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Chipperfield wins Mies van der Rohe Award for Neues

David Chipperfield’s Neues Museum in Berlin has won the prestigious 2011 Mies van der Rohe Award

The much-praised scheme practice beat fellow finalist and Stirling Prize-rival MAXXI by Zaha Hadid Architects, among others (see full shortlist below), to scoop the award which boasts a €60,000 top prize.

David Chipperfield 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, added: ‘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.

Architects shortlisted for the prize included Jean Nouvel, Bernard Tschumi, Koen van Velsen and Martine De Maeseneer.

Launched in 1987 the biannual prize is co-funded by the EU Culture Programme and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation.

Snøhetta won the last Mies van der Rohe Award in 2009 with its Norwegian National Opera & Ballet house in Oslo.

Previous story (23.03.11)

Hadid and Chipperfield among Mies Award finalists again

Zaha Hadid Architects’ MAXXI museum and David Chipperfield’s Neues Museum have again been shortlisted for the prestigious Mies Van Der Rohe Award 2011

The Stirling Prize-winning scheme in Rome and Chipperfield’s much-praised Berlin museum project have been selected from more than 340 buildings longlisted for the prize - effectively the ‘Oscar’ for the best building in Europe. Both architects were shortlisted for the accolade, officially the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, back in 2007.

The other finalists vying for the prize are Jean Nouvel with his Concert House Danish Radio Copenhagen in Denmark, Architectenbureau Koen van Velsen with its Rehabilitation Centre Groot Klimmendaal in Arnhem, Holland, Bernard Tschumi for his Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece and Martine De Maeseneer Architecten with its Bronks Youth Theatre in Brussels, Belgium.

‘Our finalists have two things in common - they are European and they are among the world’s most visionary architects. The EU Prize celebrates their talent and showcases the economic, social and cultural importance of our creative industries’, said Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.

Launched in 1987 and co-funded by the EU Culture Programme and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation, the award boasts a €60.000 top prize and is awarded every other year to works completed within the previous two years.

This year’s award ceremony, the 12th event since the prize was launched, will take place on 20 June at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona.

Snøhetta won the last Mies van der Rohe Award in 2009 with its Norwegian National Opera & Ballet house in Oslo.

The six finalists are:

Neues Museum Berlin, Germany by David Chipperfield Architects / David Chipperfield

Bronks Youth Theatre Brussels, Belgium by MDMA - Martine De Maeseneer Architecten / Martine De Maeseneer, Dirk Van den Brande

MAXXI: Museum of XXI Century Arts Rome, Italy by Zaha Hadid Architects / Zaha Hadid, Patrick Schumacher, Gianluca Racana

Concert House Danish Radio Copenhagen, Denmark by Ateliers Jean Nouvel / Jean Nouvel

Acropolis Museum Athens, Greece by Bernard Tschumi Architects / Bernard Tschumi

Rehabilitation Centre Groot Klimmendaal Arnhem, The Netherlands by Architectenbureau Koen van Velsen / Koen van Velsen

Rehabilitation Centre Groot Klimmendaal Arnhem, The Netherlands by Architectenbureau Koen van Velse

Source: Rob’t Hart Fotografie

Rehabilitation Centre Groot Klimmendaal Arnhem, The Netherlands by Architectenbureau Koen van Velse

The 2011 jury members 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 Lundevall, Architect, SNØHETTA, Oslo; Pei Zhu, Beijing, China, and Lluís Hortet, Secretary of the jury/Director of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe.
The complete list of 343 works nominated by country as well as images can be downloaded by clicking below:


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