The forty architectural works shortlisted for the 2024 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Awards have been announced. The EUmies Awards for Architecture and Emerging are granted biennially to acknowledge projects completed within the two years prior to the start of each cycle. The principal objective is to highlight and disseminate current architectural culture in Europe through built works that create high-quality environments for everyone.
Among 362 nominees, the jury presided by Frédéric Druot – the other members being Martin Braathen, Pippo Ciorra, Tinatin Gurgenidze, Adriana Krnáčová, Sala Makumbundu, and Hrvoje Njiric – has unveiled the list of projects that have made it to the next phase, and as a whole they show a wide diversity of programs, scales, and approaches to architecture.
The forty shortlisted works are spread out in twenty European countries. Spain has six, more than any other, followed by Germany and Belgium, which have two apiece.
The six Spanish works are: 42 social housing units in Son Servera (Mallorca), by Peris+Toral; a day center for young autistic people in Derio (Vizcaya), by AV62 Arquitectos; municipal swimming pools in Castromonte (Valladolid), by Óscar Miguel Ares; the Reggio School in Madrid, by Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation; 136 social housing units in Gavà (Barcelona), by Harquitectes; and the Gabriel García Márquez Library in Barcelona, by SUMA Arquitectura.
The shortlist also includes three buildings that Spanish practices have raised abroad: the Munch Museum in Oslo (Norway), by estudioHerreros; a kindergarten in Bohinjska Bistrica (Slovenia), by ARREA + KAL A; and a pavilion wrapped in 1306 plants in Timisoara (Romania), by MAIO.
Seven works are located in towns of fewer than 500 inhabitants, thirteen in cities of less than 100,000, and only six in metropolises of over a million.
The finalists will be announced early in February 2024, and the winners of the Architecture and Emerging Architecture awards in mid-April.