The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award was launched in 1987 to highlight excellence in contemprary construction. Awarded to six European projects, the Award draws attention to the major contribution by European professionals to the development of new ideas and technologies. This year, the six finalists were selected from 340 projects from 33 European countries.
The six finalists for the 2011 Mies van der Rohe Award are:
- Bernard Tschumi for the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece
- David Chipperfield for the Neues Museum in Berlin, Germany
- Zaha Hadid for the MAXXI Museum in Rome, Italy
- Jean Nouvel for the Danish Radio Concert Hall in Copenhagen, Denmark
- Martine De Maeseneer for the Bronks Youth Theatre in Brussels, Belgium
- Koen van Velsen for the Rehabilitation Centre Groot Klimmendaal in Arnhem, Netherlands
At the ceremony in Barcelona on June 20, 2011, two works will be honored by the jury: one will receive the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture in recognition of its conceptual, technical and constructional qualities, and the other will receive the Emerging Architect Special Mention.