Brussels, Belgium – A total of 18 Polish, 13 Czech, 9 Hungarian and 7 Slovak projects are among the 383 nominees for the 2019 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture. 238 cities in 38 countries are represented this year after three new countries were invited to participate: Armenia, Kosovo and Tunisia.
Held biennially, the EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture/Mies van der Rohe Award is presented to works completed by architects from (and in) Creative Europe participating countries within the previous two years.
Chaired by Danish architect Dorte Mandrup, a jury of distinguished professionals will evaluate the works using a holistic approach, “from their conception and construction phases to their final, public use”.
The objectives of the Prize are to acknowledge and reward quality architectural production in Europe, and to highlight the important contribution of European professionals to the sustainable development and transformation of Europe’s built environment. According to the Mies van der Rohe Foundation, the Prize “offers both individuals and public institutions an opportunity to reach a clearer understanding of the cultural role of architecture in the construction of our cities”.
The 40 shortlisted works will be announced on January 16 and the five finalists on February 13. The award ceremony will take place on May 7 at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona, with the Prize Winner receiving 60.000€ and a sculpture representing the Pavilion.
In 2017, Warsaw’s Katyn Museum was one of the five finalists but lost to the DeFlat Kleiburg project in Amsterdam.
Find out some of this year’s nominees from Central Europe:
The Czech Republic: