Written by Joaquim Paulo Guimarães

The jury members of the 2015 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award have selected the 5 finalists from a shortlist of 40 projects.

In the next 2 months, these juries will be visiting personally each finalist projects to evalute and gather relevant information about them.

On the May 7, the finalists will present their work to the jury and the winner will be announced at Mie van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion. These is one of the most prestigious and important awards for European architecture.

Take a look at the architectural work of the 5 finalists.

Ravensburg Art Museum / Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei (Ravensburg, Germany) 

The building uses recycled bricks from a demolished monastery, creating “a connection between the old buildings and the new construction.” It is also the first museum ever built to meet passive house standards. Full Project Description

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Danish Maritime Museum / BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group (Helsingør, Denmark)

The galleries are “arranged in a continuous loop around the dry dock walls,” allowing visitors to “experience the scale of ship building.” The design also features three double-level bridges that connect to different sections of the museum. Full Project Description

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Antinori Winery / Archea Associati (San Casciano Val di Pesa, Florence, Italy)

The roof of the winery was converted into a space to plant additional vines, and is “interrupted, along the contour lines, by two horizontal cuts which let light into the interior and provide those inside the building with a view of the landscape through the imaginary construction of a diorama.” Full Project Description

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Philharmonic Hall Szczecin /Barozzi / Veiga (Szczecin, Poland)

The Philharmonic Hall features large skylights and is clad with glass on the outside, providing a contrast to the surrounding buildings. Full Project Description

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Saw Swee Hock Student Centre / O’Donnell + Tuomey (London School of Economics, London, UK)

The Saw Swee Hock Student Centre aims to create “a place of exchange; a spatial bowtie that intertwines circulation routes, splices visual connections between internal and external movement, and pulls pedestrian street life into and up the building.”

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