We take a quick look at the pages in Floornature and Livegreenblog dedicated to recent editions of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award . Floornature’s editorial staff has been covering the award, which involves several different selection phases, for many years now. The names of the 40 entrants shortlisted out of more than three hundred entries were published in January, and they include the only Italian candidate, the offices of Fondazione Prada in Milan, designed by architects Rem Koolhaas, Chris van Duijn and Federico Pompignoli of OMA. In the next step, in April, the names of the 5 finalists will be announced, and in the summer of 2017 the winner of the 15th contest will be announced.
Italy’s participation in the 2015 edition of the contest was quite different: the winning project was the Philharmonic Hall in Szczecin by Barozzi/Veiga (Alberto Veiga and Fabrizio Barozzi) in partnership with Studio A4. In 2015 9 Italian projects were shortlisted for the award. The 2013 Mies van der Rohe Award was presented to another cultural project, Harpa - Reykjavik Concert Hall & Conference Centre built in Reykjavik by Henning Larsen Architects in partnership with Batteríid architects and artist Olafur Eliasson.
The special mention for emerging architect or studio in the last two editions of the contest was awarded to Red Bull Music Academy / Nave De Música Matadero Madrid by Langarita-Navarro Arquitectos in 2013, and Luz House Cilleros (Spain) by Catalonian studio Arquitectura-G in 2015.