37 British projects amongst 340 nominated for EU architecture prize
David Chipperfield, Foreign Office Architects and David Adjaye are the leading British contenders for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2009.
The biennial award is the official European Union prize for contemporary architecture, and the architect of the winning building walks away with €60,000. Previous winners have included Foster + Partners, OMA and Zaha Hadid.
Twenty-three British architects have been nominated, with several for two or more buildings. Of the 340 projects nominated, there are 37, or 11%, designed by British architects. David Chipperfield has been nominated for five separate buildings, including his BBC Scotland building in Glasgow. Foreign Office Architects has had four buildings recognised, and David Adjaye three.
The other British architects on the list of 370 are:
Allies and Morrison
Brisac Gonzalez Architects
Denton Corker Marshall
Gareth Hoskins Architects
Marks Barfield Architects
Reiach and Hall Architects
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Simon Conder Associates
Stephen Taylor Architects
Tony Fretton Architects
Zaha Hadid Architects
As well as a cash prize, worth £56,230 with today’s exchange rate, the winner also receives a sculpture of Mies van der Rohe’s German Pavilion in Barcelona. Five architects will be shortlisted in April, with a winner announced in May.