By Culturekiosque Staff
BARCELONA, 22 April 2005 The European Union Prize for
Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award 2005 has been granted
to the new Dutch Embassy in Berlin, designed by OMA / Rem Koolhaas and
Ellen van Loon. The jury, chaired by Zaha Hadid, unanimously singled out
two projects for their final deliberation: Office for Metropolitan
Architecture's (OMA) Netherlands Embassy in Berlin, Germany and the Braga
Municipal Stadium, Portugal, by Eduardo Souto de Moura.
In making their decision to award the Netherlands Embassy Berlin, the
jury commended the "quality of the urban reflection and intelligence of
the concept implemented, especially as regards the unprecedented concept
of trajectory and the new potential it brings to this project of great
© Phill Meerch
of Fundació Mies van der Rohe
In the wake of the reunification the German government decided to
relocate the capital to Berlin Mitte (Center). The Netherlands, having
sold their former embassy site after the war, was free to choose anew and
preferred Roland Ufer in Mitte, the oldest Berlin settlement, next to the
(new) government district of their main trade partner.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs requested a solitary building that integrated
elements of conventional civil service security with Dutch openness. A
continuous trajectory extending through the eight floors of the cube
shapes the buildings internal communication, with the workspaces situated
along the façade.
The Emerging Architect Special Mention was awarded to NL Architects for
their BasketBar at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. This Mies
van der Rohe Award 2005, with two prize-winning works by Dutch architects,
confirms the success of the policy in the Netherlands in support of
contemporary architecture and young architects.
BasketBar at the University of Utrecht
Photo courtesy of Fundació Mies van der
Ms. Hadid and the eight other jury members assessed some 242 projects
from 30 countries that were chosen by a group of independent international
experts and European architects associations. The Mies van der Rohe Award
winner receives a cash prize of 50,000 euros, while the Emerging Architect
Special Mention is endowed with the sum of 10,000 euros.
Fundació Mies van der Rohe