“Mies van der Rohe & James Stirling: Circling the Square” at RIBA

Presented together for the first time, the exhibition offers a unique opportunity to draw comparisons between the design methods of two of the most highly recognised architects of the 20th century, and to trace the continuity in purpose and approach that unites two seemingly dissimilar architectural creations.

 

Proposed Mies van der Rohe-designed tower block for the Mansion House Square scheme. Image © John Donat / RIBA Collections

Proposed Mies van der Rohe-designed tower block for the Mansion House Square scheme. Image © John Donat / RIBA Collections

 

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) unveils a major new exhibition, Mies van der Rohe & James Stirling: Circling the Square (8 March 2017 – 25 June 2017) offering a renewed examination of two iconic architectural schemes proposed for the same site in the City of London. Commissioned by architectural patron and developer Lord Peter Palumbo, Mies van der Rohe’s unrealised Mansion House Square project will be explored alongside its built successor, James Stirling Michael Wilford & Associates’ newly listed Number One Poultry. (more…)

“Europe’s Best Buildings. Mies Van Der Rohe Award 2015” at Architekturzentrum Wien

Every two years the exhibition “Europe’s Best Buildings. The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture. Mies van der Rohe Award” places a focus on exceptional visionary architecture, and has become a crowd-puller over recent years. For the 4th time the exhibition of this prestigious architecture prize is on show at the Architekturzentrum Wien.

 

Gewinner: Philharmonie Stettin, Polen / Arch.: Barozzi / Veiga, Alberto Veiga (SP) und Fabrizio Barozzi (IT) © Simon Menges

Gewinner: Philharmonie Stettin, Polen / Arch.: Barozzi / Veiga, Alberto Veiga (SP) und Fabrizio Barozzi (IT) © Simon Menges

 

Since its inception in 1988 the prize-money of € 60,000 has been awarded to such famous names as David Chipperfield, Zaha Hadid, Peter Zumthor or Rem Koolhaas. To promote young talent and architects at the outset of their careers the Emerging Architect Special Mention prize was called into life, promoting ambitious, up-and-coming architecture.

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“Made in Europe” by Mies van der Rohe Foundation now in Wroclaw

The exhibition traces the evolution of architecture through the European Union’s Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award- since its inception in 1988, featuring 150 models, the chronology of events that took place together in the cultural, political and technological fields, alongside interviews with the winners of the Prize.

 

All the models packed, ready for the tour around Europe © Mies van der Rohe Foundation

All the models packed, ready for the tour around Europe © Mies van der Rohe Foundation

 

On January 16 Wroclaw will become the European Capital of Culture and it will start it off with the exhibition “Made in Europe” curated by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe and organized jointly with the Creative Europe program of the European Commission and the Museum of Architecture in Wroclaw. (more…)

Mies van der Rohe Award 2015 finalist, Ravensburg Art Museum by LRO Architekten

The building is not meant to establish a strong contrast through modernity, but instead to fit harmoniously and self-evidently into a townscape that has developed over centuries.

 

© Roland Halbe

© Roland Halbe

 

Following the release of the five finalists for the 2015 Mies van der Rohe Award, BMIAA has featured articles on the Philharmonic Hall in Szczecin by Barozzi Veiga, the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre by O’Donnell&Tuomey, and more recently, on the Antinory Winery by Archea Associati.

Today’s review is on Ravensburg’s Art Museum by LRO Architekten. This massive brick building located in a town in the South of Germany is an example of how thoughtful contemporary design can be when it comes to coexist with traditional materials and historical environments, allowing for an architecture with a strong sense of belonging through material reuse, textures, and elaborate detailing.

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Atrio Relais-Châteaux by Mansilla+Tuñon, organic symbiosis with the ancient city

The new functional organism attaches to the irregularities of the perimeter of existing buildings, accepting them, and reflecting on how the city has grown.

 

© Luis Asin

© Luis Asin

 

The Atrio Relais & Châteaux Hotel and Restaurant in Cáceres, by Mansilla + Tuñón, was shortlisted among the 40 project  for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2015, and it won the BigMat ’13 Award Spain National Prize and Special Mention for Restoration of a Heritage Place. It is not the first time for the Madrid based firm, founded in Madrid in 1992 by Luis Moreno Mansilla (Madrid, 1959–2012) and Emilio Tuñón (Madrid, 1958), who in 2007  won the Mies van der Rohe Award with the MUSAC of León, perhaps their most famous work to date.

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Antinori Winery by Archea Associati, finalist of Mies van der Rohe Award

The project aims to pursue, through architecture, the enhancement of the landscape and the surroundings as expression of the cultural and social valence of the place where wine is produced.

 

© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti

 

The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe have announced last Wednesday at the press conference that has taken place at Europe House London, the five finalists who will compete for the 2015 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture –Mies van der Rohe Award. The speakers in the press conference have been Giovanna Carnevali, Director of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe; Alessandro Senesi, Deputy Head of Creative Europe at the European Commission; and Tony Chapman, member of the 2015 Jury.  The finalists are:

 

 

Read on after the jump to see the project by Archea Associati for the Antinori Winery in San Casciano Val di Pesa.


 

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A glowing white philharmonic concert hall in Poland by Barozzi Veiga

The building takes formal inspiration from the traditional, picturesque architecture from Szczecin to build a massive, crystal-like auditorium for music and cultural events.

 

Szczecin Philharmonic Concert Hall by Barozzi Veiga © Simon Menges

Szczecin Philharmonic Concert Hall by Barozzi Veiga © Simon Menges

 

Continuing a series of reviews on recently announced Mies van der Rohe nominees, today we will visit Barozzi Veiga’s Philharmonic Concert Hall in Szczecin, a historical town in the north of Poland. The spanish-italian office have designed a large, massive building with a translucent glass façade, making it an iconic meeting point for the city.

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“Casa no tempo”, a comfortable shelter in the Alentejo by Manuel Aires Mateus

This renovated farmhouse with simple white walls and richly textured surfaces is located in a large estate in which the surrounding landscape is the leading character.

 

Continuing a series of reviews on recently announced Mies van der Rohe nominees, today we will visit Aires Mateus’ Casa no Tempo, situated in the Alentejo region, barely one hour from Lisbon.

Casa no Tempo. Manuel Aires Mateus Ⓒ Nelson Garrido

Casa no Tempo. Manuel Aires Mateus Ⓒ Nelson Garrido

 

A former farmhouse, located in a vast estate with fields and lakes, the house belongs to João and Andreia Rodrigues, who decided to renovate the old building into a minimalistic four-bedroom home after their grandfather’s will to look after the family’s grounds.

The project aims to give the house a higher meaning, trying to connect the family’s generations through the inhabitation of the beautiful surrounding landscape.

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