Last year’s RIBA Stirling Prize-winning Everyman Theatre, and a trio of other finalists, have made it onto the shortlist for the biggest award in European architecture
Earlier today (10 February) the European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe named the 40 projects in the running for the biennial European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture.
Just three of the UK’s 20 nominated projects made it onto the shortlist - O’Donnell + Tuomey’s LSE student centre, Niall McLaughlin Architects’ Bishop Edward King Chapel and the 2014 Stirling Prize-winning Everyman Theatre by Haworth Tompkins.
The University of Limerick by Grafton Architects, which competed for the Stirling Prize in 2013, also made it onto the stellar European list.
The four projects saw off a longlist of 420 schemes to bag a place on the high-profile shortlist.
The UK projects which missed out included Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Centre, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ Manchester School of Art, the Library of Birmingham by Mecanoo, and Denizen Works’ Manser Medal-shortlisted House No. 7 on the Isle of Tiree.
Also known as the Mies van der Rohe Award, the prize is widely recognized as the highest accolade in European architecture and features a £48,000 top prize.
Previous winners have included Stansted Airport by Norman Foster (1990), Waterloo International railway station by Nicholas Grimshaw (1994) and David Chipperfield’s Neues Museum in Berlin (2011).
The prize’s five finalists will be announced at the end of the month and a winner will be revealed on 8 May, 2015.
The 40 shortlisted schemes
2226 Lustenau Baumschlager Eberle Lustenau
Hostel Wadi in Hoge Rielen, Kasterlee Studio Associato Bernardo Secchi-PaolaViganò
Immanuel Church, Cologne Sauerbruch Hutton
Gleisdreieck Park, Berlin Atelier Loidl
R50 - Cohousing, Berlin Heide & Von Beckerath; Ifau und Jesko Fezer
Ravensburg Art Museum, Ravensburg Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei
Vartov Square, Copenhagen Hall McKnight
Moesgaard Museum, Højbjerg Henning Larsen Architects
Danish Maritime Museum, Helsingør BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group
Childrens Home of the Future, Kerteminde CEBRA architecture
Forfatterhuset Kindergarten, Copenhagen COBE
Atrio - Relais Châteaux, Cáceres Mansilla + Tuñón Arquitectos
Public Equipment: Urban Park and Transportation Hub, Logroño Ábalos + Sentkiewicz Arquitectos; Arquitectura Agronomia
Public Library, Ceuta Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos
Luz House, Cilleros, Cáceres Arquitectura-g
Contemporary Art Centre, Córdoba Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos
Soulages Museum, Rodez RCRArquitectes
FRAC - Regional Contemporary Artwork Collection, Dunkerque Lacaton & Vassal Architectes
Marseille Vieux Port, Marseille Foster + Partners
Redevelopment of the New Waterfront, Thessaloniki Nikiforidis-Cuomo Architects
University of Limerick, Medical School, Student Housing, Piazza and Pergola, Limerick Grafton Architects
Waterford Medieval Museum, Waterford Waterford City Council Architects
H71a, Reykjavík Studio Granda
Expo Gate, Milan Scandurra Studio Architettura
Antinori Winery, San Casciano Vsl di Pesa, Firenze Archea Associati
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Cruz Y Ortiz Arquitectos
Education Centre Erasmus Mc, Rotterdam Kaan Architecten
De Rotterdam, Rotterdam OMA
Rozet, Culture House, Arnhem Neutelings Riedijk Architects
Silesian Museum, Katowice Riegler Riewe Architekten
Philarmonic Hall Szczecin, Szczecin BarozziVeiga; Studio A4
Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warszawa Architects Lahdelma & Mahlamäki
Arquipélago - Contemporary Arts Centre, Ribeira Grande, Azores João Mendes Ribeiro Arquitecto; Menos é Mais Arquitectos Associados
High Performance Rowing Centre, Vila Nova de Roz Côa SpacialAR-TE
‘Urban Spaces’ Dogarilor Apartment Building, Bucharest ADN Birou de Arhitectura
The New Crematorium of the Woodland Cemetery, Enskede, Stockholm Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor
Sancaklar Mosque, Istanbul EAA - Emre Arolat Architects
Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, London School of Economics, London O’Donnell + Tuomey
Everyman Theatre, Liverpool Haworth Tompkins
Bishop Edward King Chapel, Oxford Niall McLaughlin Architects