Mies van der Rohe Award 2009


Norwegian National Opera & Ballet 

With a biennial character and granted by the Mies van der?Rohe Foundation of Barcelona and the European Union, the main purpose of the Mies Award is to acknowledge the quality of architectural production in Europe. On this occasion the award has gone to the building of the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet in?Oslo. The emblematic building, carried out by the studio Snøhetta, stands out for having integrated the public spaces as an essential part of its design, turning the roof into a public zone open to the landscape and waterfront views. Francis Rambert, president of the jury formed by Ole Bouman, Irena Fialová, Fulvio Irace, Luis M. Mansilla, Carme Pinós and Vasa J. Perovic, has declared that the “Norwegian National Opera & Ballet is more than just a building. In the first place, it is an urban space, a gift for the city. The building can be viewed as a catalyzer of all the energies of the city and as an emblem of the regeneration of its urban fabric”. The jury has also given its Emerging Architect Special Mention to Studio Up, formed by Lea Pelivan and Toma Plejic, for the Gymnasium 46° 09’ N/16° 50’ E in Koprivnica, Croatia.

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