Two of British architecture's biggest names have made it on to the seven-strong shortlist for the EU's Mies van der Rohe Award for Contemporary Architecture.
Zaha Hadid, for the Phaeno Science Centre, and David Chipperfield, for the Valencia America's Cup building, are up against five other big European names to land the biannual prize, which was won by Rem Koolhaas in 2005 for the Dutch Embassy in Berlin.
The other shortlisted projects are: Pôle University's School for Management in Bordeaux by Lacaton & Vassal Architectes; Rudy Ricciotti's National Choreographic Centre in Aix-en-Provence; Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart by UN Studio; Sines Art Centre in Sines, Portugal by Aires Mateus Associados; and MUSAC Contemporary Art Museum of Castilla y León in León, Spain by Mansilla & Tuñón.
The Mies Prize has grown steadily in reputation since its inception and is now recognised as one of the most important architecture prizes around the world.
The awards ceremony will take place in the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona on 14 May 2007. The winner will receive a prize of Eu50,000.
by Ed Dorrell