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Polish concert hall wins biggest award in European Architecture

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Poland’s Filharmonia Szczecinska by Barozzi Veiga has won the 2015 Mies van der Rohe Prize

The only UK scheme in the running for the £48,000 top prize was O’Donnell + Tuomey’s Stirling Prize-shortlisted Saw Swee Hock Building at the LSE.

Designed by Barcelona-based practice Barozzi Veiga, the concert hall in Szczecin features a translucent facade and sculptural roofscape comprised of a series of steeply pitched roofs.

The 13,000m² building includes a 1000-seat symphony hall, a 200-seat theatre for chamber music, an exhibition and conference space and a foyer.

The winning project saw off competition from five other schemes including BIG’s Danish Maritime Museum, the Ravensburg Art Museum by Stuttgart-based Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei and the Antinori Winery in Florence by local outfit Archea Associati.

The finalists were chosen from a shortlist of 20 projects, which included 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 shortlist but missed out in the final cut.

Previous winners of the Mies van der Rohe Prize include Stansted Airport by Norman Foster (1990), Waterloo International railway station by Nicholas Grimshaw (1994) and David Chipperfield’s Neues Museum in Berlin (2011).

The winner was revealed at a ceremony held at the Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion in Barcelona earlier this morning (8 May).

Filharmonia Szczecinska by Barozzi / Veiga

 

 

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