Europas beste Bauten - The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award 2019

Architekturzentrum Wien

Artistically speaking, not much is going on in Vienna in August. For the summer of 2020 this is even more so. A nice presentation, though, of 40 of the nearly 400 nominated projects for the Mies van der Rohe Award is currently taking place in the Architekturzentrum. Some of the projects taking part have been realized in Austria, such as the Innsbruck Stadtbibliothek, which, at least in the photos, reminded me a bit of the Oodi Library in Helsinki, that in turn has a spot around the next corner, so to speak. There isn't much space left for each presentation - only the two prizewinners, a transformation of three apartment blocks in Bordeaux, and in the emerging category, the extension to a village school in Montbrun-Bocage, are explained in more detail. Given the amount of 40 projects, this is quite understandable.

It is obvious that architecture influences people and atmospheres and is therefore very important, especially in times of climate change and Covid19. Ideas and undertakings that meet these challenges in a creative way, that do not flatten the existing, but include and interact with it, are particularly interesting. Just so as the layer of the contemporary, a quote from a jury member, will also serve as a basis for something new in the future.

 

 

 

 

Julia Maurer

 

 

 

 

Venue:

Architekturzentrum Wien

Museumsplatz 1

1070 Wien

 

 

 

 

Website:

www.azw.at

 

 

 

 

 

Content:

Header, 1: Exhibition view "Europe’s best Buildings

The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture. Mies van der Rohe Award 2019"; Architekturzentrum Wien, photograph: Claudia Rohrauer

2: Transformation of 530 dwellings – Grand Parc Bordeaux, Bordeaux, FR, Architects: Lacaton & Vassal architectes; Frédéric Druot Architecture and Christophe Hutin Architecture
© Photo: Philippe Ruault

3: Transformation of 530 dwellings – Grand Parc Bordeaux, Bordeaux, FR, Architects: Lacaton & Vassal architectes; Frédéric Druot Architecture and Christophe Hutin Architecture
© Photo: Philippe Ruault

4: E26 (school refectory), Montbrun-Bocage, FR, Architects: BAST
© Photo: BAST