The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe announced the list of works competing for the EU Mies Award 2019 the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture. 383 works from 238 cities in 38 countries have been nominated by 76 independent experts, the national architecture associations and the Prize Advisory Committee
At EU Mies Award 2019 buildings related to culture continue forming the biggest group of works with 15% of the total (4% less than in 2017), followed by mixed-use buildings with 14% (2,5% more than in 2017). These two groups are followed by collective and single housing and education facilities, which represent 10% each. Collective housing has increased 2%, a substantial increase with regard to the previous cycles of the Prize.
Only 9% of the works are transnational works in which architects from one country have built in another one, usually teaming up with local partners. This represents a low decrease from 2017 (1% less) but the figure has been pretty constant since 2009, with 35-40 cross-border works.
12% of the works have been built in large metropolitan areas with more than 3 million inhabitants. This includes cities such as Budapest, Warsaw, Kiev, Athens, Milan, Barcelona, Berlin, Madrid, Paris and London. 26% of the works are in cities with a population between 500.000 and 3 milion inhabitants and 37% of them are in towns with 20.000 to 500.000 inhabitants. The other 22% of the works are in villages with less than 20.000 inhabitants, including the Castra Rubra Winery Guest House in Kolarovo, Bulgaria, a village with 17 inhabitants which is the smallest location with a nominated work. 3% of the works are isolated.
17 of the EU Mies Award 2019 shortlisted projects are built in Italy:
Engie Headquarters by Park Associati | Milan
Hard retrofitting as re-thinking an architecture from zero, converting a poor architectural quality building in a district Landmark, achieving excellence standards in energy performance and work spaces.