Finalists for the 2022 Eu Prize of Contemporary Architecture Mies Van der Rohe Award unveiled


Finalists for the 2022 Eu Prize of Contemporary Architecture Mies Van der Rohe Award unveiled

The jury announced the seven finalist projects of the 2022 edition of the Mies van der Rohe Contemporary Architecture Award.

85 Social Housing Units, Cornellà de Llobregat, by peris+toral.arquitectes
Frizz23, Berlin, by Deadline (Britta Jürgens + Matthew Griffin)
The Railway Farm, Paris, by Grand Huit and Melanie Drevet Paysagiste
Town House – Kingston University, London, by Grafton Architects
Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture, Hasselt, by Francesca Torzo.

The two Emerging Architecture Finalist works are:
Enrico Fermi School, Turin, by BDR bureau
La Borda – Cooperative Housing, Barcelona, by Lacol.

In March, the Jury will visit the five works in order to select the Prize Winner.
The Prize Winner and the Emerging Architect Winner will be announced at the end of April; the Awards Ceremony will take place on 12 May 2022 at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona.

85 Social Housing Units
City: Cornellà de Llobregat
Architects: peris+toral.arquitectes, Barcelona
Client: AMB / IMPSOL
Program: Collective housing

“The bases of this new residential building are a matrix of communicating rooms that eliminates corridors to guarantee optimum use of the floor plan and the use of timber to enable the industrialization of elements, improved quality of construction, and a major reduction of deadlines and C02 emissions.”



above and cover image: peris+toral.arquitectes, 85 Social Housing Units, Cornellà de Llobregat.

City: Berlin
Architects: Deadline (Britta Jürgens + Matthew Griffin), Berlin
Client: Forum Berufsbildung e.V., FrizzZwanzig GbR, Miniloft Kreuzberg GbR
Programme: Mixed use – Cultural & Social

“The architects adapted the Baugruppe model to create workspaces for arts, education, and the creative industries and assumed the roles of developers to build the community of users for the project. 32 small companies and non-profits threatened by Berlin’s rapid gentrification joined to secure their workspaces. The architects first assembled the group around their programmatic goals and then designed the building in continuous dialogue with the users, the neighborhood, and the city.”



Deadline (Britta Jürgens + Matthew Griffin), Frizz23, Berlin.

The Railway Farm
City: Paris
Architects: Grand Huit and Melanie Drevet Paysagiste, Paris
Client: Réhabail
Program: Social welfare

“Born from the desire of residents and local associations to see a place that combines urban agriculture and solidarity grow, the Ferme du Rail aims to integrate vulnerable people. The farm offers emergency social housing and social reintegration of 15 social reintegration housing units, 5 social student housing units, an unheated productive greenhouse, a restaurant open to the public, a mushroom-growing cave, and a permaculture garden. Its objective is to minimize the need for energy, food, and financial resources by implementing a circular economy.”



Grand Huit and Melanie Drevet Paysagiste, The Railway Farm, Paris.

Town House – Kingston University
City: London
Architects: Grafton Architects, Dublin
Client: Kingston University
Program: Education

“Inspired by the progressive educational vision presented in the brief, and the wish to connect with the community, we responded by arranging the program in a three-dimensional matrix, one singular complex space which links the various elements of the brief, giving at the same time to each part its identity, a place where spaces and uses interlock, and connect physically or visually, creating an environment that encourages overlap and exchange.”



Grafton Architects, Town House – Kingston University, London

Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture
City: Hasselt
Architects: Francesca Torzo
Client: Z33 and Provincie Limburg
Programme: Culture

“Z33 settles in continuity with the existing buildings around the béguinage, echoing the dual character of their facades, enclosed towards the street and open with windows’ filigrees towards the garden. The exhibition rooms and the secret gardens compose a spatial labyrinth, amalgaming memories of local passages with ones of foreign villas or palaces.”



Francesca Torzo, Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture, Hasselt


Enrico Fermi School
City: Turin
Architects: BDR bureau, Turin
Client: Fondazione Agnelli, Compagnia di San Paolo
Programme: Education

“The project transforms a school of the 1960s in a semi-peripheral district of Turin, rethinking the architecture through the engagement of school communities in the definition of pedagogical guidelines, with the ambition to renovate both learning spaces and teaching methods. The existing building had a poor relationship with outer spaces and a series of underused interior spaces. Part of the strategy to reverse this condition lies in the reorganization of accesses and external areas, opening the school to the city.”




 BDR bureau, Enrico Fermi School, Turin.

La Borda – Cooperative Housing
City: Barcelona
Architects: Lacol, Barcelona
Client: Habitatges La Borda SCCL
Program: Collective housing

“La Borda cooperative housing is a self-organized development to access decent, nonspeculative housing. The cooperative prioritized making a building with minimal environmental impact, both in its construction and its lifetime. Another basic objective is to eliminate the possibility of energy poverty among its users, which some of them suffered due to the high cost of energy. The initial strategy of the project to reduce energy demand has been the optimization of the program, renouncing the underground car parking, grouping services, and reducing the surface of the houses.”




images courtesy of EU Mies

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