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08/05/2015

Mies Award 2015: Philharmonic Hall Szczecin, by Barozzi Veiga

 
The purpose of biennial EU Prize for ContemporaryArchitecture--Mies van der Rohe Award aims is to give due recognition to the quality of architectural production in Europe. Coming with a prize of 60,000 euros, the 2015 honor has gone to the Philahrmonic Hall Szczecin in Sczecin (Poland), a work of Barozzi Veiga, the Barcelona practice of Fabrizio Barozzi from Italy and Alberto Veiga from Santiago de Compostela. On the site stood the old Konzerthaus that was destroyed in World War II, and the new concert hall seeks to emphasize constrast with nearby blocks through a translucent glass cladding given rhythm by white aluminum slats. Suggesting the crystallographic forms of minerals, the building’s geometry results from a reinterpretation of the urban surroundings. The design is conceived like a musical instrument made of many small elements acting as one unit and containing two auditoriums for 951 and 152, and a foyer lit through large skylights cut into the roof. Meanwhile, the Mies van der Rohe Foundation has given its Emerging Architect Special Mention, a 20,000-euro prize, to the Casa Luz in Cilleros (Cáceres, Spain), by Arquitectura – G, run by Jonathan Arnabat, Jordi Ayala-Bril, Aitor Fuentes, and Igor Urdampilleta.
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