Szczecin Philharmonic Among Europe’s Five Greatest Contemporary Architecture Pieces
small, Szczecin Philharmonic Among Europe’s Five Greatest Contemporary Architecture Pieces, The Mieczysław Karłowicz Szczecin Philharmonic, top view, photo: Adam Słomski / Szczecin Municipal Council, filharmonia_w_szczecinie_a_1.jpg
Never before was a Polish building among the finalists of Europe’s most important architectonic competition – the Mies van der Rohe Award (a European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture). Szczecin Philharmonic is amid Europe’s five greatest contemporary buildings!
On the 25th February 2015, jury of the Mies van der Rohe Award 2015, often dubbed “the European architectonic Oscars”, announced a list of five finalists of this prestigious competition. The winner – greatest European building – will be revealed during a formal gala on the 8th May.
The prize is presented to finest European architectonic pieces every two years. Szczecin Philharmonic, one of this year’s finalists, completed in autumn of 2014, is a unique edifice designed by a Barcelona-based Barozzi Veiga architectonic studio. But the presence among the finalists of the Mies van der Rohe Award is not the first or the only success of the Szczecin Philharmonic. This sculptural, extravagant, white solid has been praised in many foreign magazines and is a laureate of many competitions, including ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards 2015 presented by the ArchDaily.com website and the Designs of the Year organised by the London Design Museum. Now the philharmonic stands a chance to win “the European architectonic Oscar”.
Other finalists of the Mies van der Rohe Award in 2015 include the Ravensburg Art Museum designed by the Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei architects, and the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre at the London School of Economics, created by O’Donnell + Tuomey architects. Both buildings are made with bricks – the German museum with beige and grey ones, the London edifice – with traditional red ones. Both are embedded in historical development; set among already existing buildings. The rawness and moderation of the German museum is breached with an extravagant, atypically formed roof. The London student centre on the other hand has a dynamic form, fishnet-like walls, zigzag windows.
Two other buildings qualified to the final of Mies van der Rohe Award 2015 are both underground constructions. The Antinori Winery is located in Bargino, outside of Florence. Designers from the Archea Associati studio decided that the unique landscape of the grapevine-covered hills shouldn’t be disturbed with any architectonic objects. The winery was hence hidden underground, and its interiors are shaped in an original, expressive manner. In view of the Kronborg Castle (the one where Hamlet used to live), Bjarke Ingels and his team from BIG studio also “buried” their edifice – the Danish Maritime Museum – underground. A visible sign of the object’s existence is an open, wide courtyard, available from both ground and underground levels, where platforms and connectors of the museum’s communication system intersect.
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On the 7th May 2015 finalists will present their works in front of the Mies van der Rohe Award jury. The winner will be announced on a formal gala, which will take place on the following day at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona – a modern, minimalistic building created by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as a German pavilion for EXPO in 1929.
Sources: miesarch.com/, culture.pl. Author: Anna Cymer, transl. Agata Dudek 26/02/2015