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House for Essex among UK schemes vying for top Euro gong

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FAT’s A House for Essex, which missed out on an RIBA Award, has been named among 19 UK schemes nominated for the 2017 Mies van der Rohe Award

The building, designed with artist Grayson Perry, is joined by a host of Stirling Prize-shortlisted projects including MUMA’s Whitworth Gallery in Manchester and last year’s winner – Caruso St John’s Newport Street Gallery. 

In December the European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe revealed its longlist of 356 early contenders for the biennial European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. It is widely recognised as the highest accolade in European architecture and features a €60,000 (£51,000) top prize.

France and Spain have the most nominations with 28 buildings in each country among the selected projects and this year there are first-time showings from Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

Schemes by UK architects outside of Britain also feature on the list of contenders, including DRDH’s Stormen concert hall and library in Bodø, Norway, and AL_A’s MAAT cultural centre in Lisbon.  

Nominations for buildings in the UK

  • Outhouse, Brockweir – Loyn & Co
  • A House for Essex, Essex – FAT with Grayson Perry
  • Pensthorpe Play Barn, Fakenham – Adam Khan Architects
  • The Fishing Hut, Hampshire – Níall McLaughlin Architects
  • Granby Four Streets, Liverpool – Assemble
  • University of Greenwich, London – Heneghan Peng Architects
  • Holmes Road Studios: Micro Homes for Homeless People, London – Peter Barber Architects
  • Shepherdess Walk Housing, London – Jaccaud Zein Architects
  • Leadenhall Building, London – Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
  • Sir John Soane’s Museum, London – Julian Harrap Architects
  • House of Trace, London – Tsuruta Architects
  • Ely Court, London – Alison Brooks Architects
  • Newport Street Gallery, London – Caruso St John Architects
  • The Whitworth, Manchester – MUMA
  • Weston Library, University of Oxford – WilkinsonEyre
  • Investcorp Building, Oxford – Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Drawing Studio, Arts University Bournemouth, Poole – CRAB Studio (Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau)
  • Stanbrook Abbey, Wass, Yorkshire – Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • York City Art Gallery – Simpson & Brown Architects with Ushida Findlay

Nominations for buildings by UK architects elsewhere in Europe

  • Elizabethan Theatre at Chateau d’Hardelot, Boulogne-sur-Mer – Studio Andrew Todd
  • Lazika Municipality, Georgia – Architects of Invention
  • Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon – AL_A
  • Stormen Concert Hall and Library, Bodø, Norway – DRDH
  • Prosecutor’s Office, Tbilisi, Georgia – Architects of Invention

Founded in 1987, the biennial award recognises architectural excellence and promotes the role of European architects in developing new technologies and ideas.

According to the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, housing and cultural buildings continue to be the most nominated works, followed by education buildings, which ‘have increased their presence significantly’ this year.

Previous winners have included David Chipperfield’s Neues Museum in Berlin (2011), Stansted Airport by Norman Foster (1990) and Waterloo International railway station by Nicholas Grimshaw (1994).

Nominations are put forward by a range of expert organisations across Europe including the ARB and the RIBA in the UK.

The prize jury will shortlist 40 projects, selecting five finalists which they will visit in April.

A winner will be announced on 26 May at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, Barcelona.

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