Award winning EU architecture exhibit hits capital

THE MIES van der Rohe Award is the European Union’s prize for contemporary architecture, named for the prominent 20th-century German-American architect famous for his prominent modern designs. The award aims to recognise exceptional architecture, highlight new ideas and technologies and encourage beginning architects.

THE MIES van der Rohe Award is the European Union’s prize for contemporary architecture, named for the prominent 20th-century German-American architect famous for his prominent modern designs. The award aims to recognise exceptional architecture, highlight new ideas and technologies and encourage beginning architects.

An overview of the projects that won the award over the last 25 years can now be seen in the Slovak capital.

One of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s most celebrated works is the German Pavilion, built for the Barcelona exposition in Spain, in 1929. The international award commemorating him was founded in 1988, and in 2001, it was patronised by the EU, and last year, a retrospective exhibition offering an overview of 25 years of this biannual award was put together, called Building Europe – 25 Years of Architecture: Mies van der Rohe Award 1988-2013.

Every other year the main prize goes to the most outstanding project completed in the last 24 months, and a special prize goes to a fledgling architect or studio.

This exhibition is currently on display in Bratislava’s Design Factory. A total of 220 projects nominated by professionals and selected by a jury can be seen in models and photographs, offering an exhaustive overview of the last two-and-a-half decades of EU architecture. The show started touring Europe in June 2013, and arrives in Bratislava after appearing in Milan, Italy; Kaunas, Lithuania; Reykjavik, Iceland; and the German cities of Essen and Frankfurt. It will continue in Vienna and Luxembourg.

The exhibits also feature the most recent award winners: the Harpa concert building in Reykjavik, Iceland, by Henning Larsen Architects, Studio Olafur Eliasson and Batteríid Architects, and the special mention for the most outstanding new architect received by María Langarita and Víctor Navarro for the Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid.

The exhibition opened with a lecture by Ivo Blasi, the Spanish coordinator of the award, and Mária Topoľčanská, the Slovak nominator of the MVDR award. A catalogue in Slovak consisting of photos of all the winning projects accompanies the exhibit.

Twenty Five years of Mies van de Rohe Award-winning EU architecture can be seen at the Design Factory on Bottova 2 in downtown Bratislava, daily between 10:00 and 19:00 on weekdays, and from 13:00 to 19:00 on weekends, until July 6. Admission fee is €2.50-€5.

By Zuzana Vilikovská

Top stories

Refugees on a train in Hungary.

Fico government firm on anti-migrant stand

The Slovak government however admitted that “there is a real threat that we will face the pressure of the member states that the migrants are heading to, on our own”.

Prison, illustrative stock photo.

For first time in Slovak History, two lifers may walk out of jail

FOR THE first time in Slovakia’s history, two convicts sentenced to life in prison may be released on parole.

Richnava

Police attacked during skirmish at Roma settlement

POLICE officers came under attack by locals at a Roma settlement near Richňava in Košice Region on September 1. Police were summoned to the settlement by paramedics because of a brawl that erupted between…

PM Robert Fico and his wife Svetlana

Fico has neither account, nor company stake in Belize

SLOVAK Prime Minister Robert Fico and his wife do not have and have never had any banking accounts in Belize, and do not hold any stake and do not have managerial control in any company registered in Belize.

MOST READ ARTICLES


  1. Increase in number of Slovak millionaires outpaces the rest of Europe
  2. Slovak grandfather receives birthday wishes from all over the world
  3. SIAF air fest was attended by 140,000 spectators, many pilots
  4. Fico government firm on anti-migrant stand
  5. Slovak man's story part of Titanic exhibition in Bratislava
  6. Refugees barricaded themselves in Medveďov camp
  7. Slovakia and its shameful policy on refugees
  8. For first time in Slovak History, two lifers may walk out of jail
  9. Fico has neither account, nor company stake in Belize
  10. SEWS leaves Slovakia for Romania, buying the land under the plant
  1. Increase in number of Slovak millionaires outpaces the rest of Europe
  2. Police stopped extremists’ ride to Gabčíkovo
  3. Slovakia and its shameful policy on refugees
  4. SIAF air fest was attended by 140,000 spectators, many pilots
  5. Slovak grandfather receives birthday wishes from all over the world
  6. Fico government firm on anti-migrant stand
  7. SEWS leaves Slovakia for Romania, buying the land under the plant
  8. Fico has neither account, nor company stake in Belize
  9. Police attacked during skirmish at Roma settlement
  10. Slovak man's story part of Titanic exhibition in Bratislava
  1. Increase in number of Slovak millionaires outpaces the rest of Europe
  2. SIAF air fest was attended by 140,000 spectators, many pilots
  3. Slovakia and its shameful policy on refugees
  4. Slovak grandfather receives birthday wishes from all over the world
  5. Slovak man's story part of Titanic exhibition in Bratislava
  6. Crooks may land €2 million in land deals for Jaguar Land Rover
  7. Police stopped extremists’ ride to Gabčíkovo
  8. Fico government firm on anti-migrant stand
  9. SEWS leaves Slovakia for Romania, buying the land under the plant
  10. Fico: Countries on outer Schengen border should protect it properly