Some Thirty Projects of Those Nominated for the EU Mies Award 2022 Open Their Doors Throughout Europe During the Month of May. We Offer Guided Tours to the Five Shortlisted Projects in Barcelona.
The countdown to the announcement of this year’s Mies van der Rohe Award laureats, one of Europe’s most prestigious architecture prizes granted biannually, has begun. For this very special occasion, a series of complementary events paying tribute to the best architectural works carried out throughout the continent over the past two years, is about to start.
During the month of May and under the slogan “Out & About. Discovering Architecture”, the doors of numerous buildings and spaces in more than 20 European cities are thrown open to bring city dwellers to explore, learn and interact with the architecture that surrounds them. With the help of architecture professionals, visitors will be able to take an in-depth look at some 30 spaces from among the 40 nominated works – through guided tours, open days, exhibitions, conferences and much more, mostly for free.
Torre de Merola, © Adrià Goula
Committed Architecture: An European-Wide Celebration Open to All Under the Guidance of Architecture Professionals
Hosted by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe and Creative Europe, “Out & About. Discovering Architecture” is for the first time co-organized by Guiding Architects, in joint action with the more than 40 partners that make up our international network. With the aim to spread cultural awareness about the importance of an architecture of excellence, between the three entities we reinforce our commitment to the dissemination of architectural knowledge.
But above all, the celebration would not be possible without the involvement of the project authors and/or building owners, who in most cases have not only conceived the activities, but will also act as hosts and mediators, offering the interested public a unique opportunity to visit and experience their works firsthand.
Throughout the month, more than 30 events will take place across some 15 countries of the European Union. You will find the complete list of participating projects and their corresponding activities on the website www.guiding-architects.net. Please note that many of the events will have a limited number of places available and thus require registration.
Fabra & Coats, © Jordi Surroca + Gael del Rio
Barcelona and Surroundings: Five Great Examples of Sustainable Architecture Projects to Discover
In Spanish territory, the strong – and almost exclusive – presence of projects in Catalonia is particularly noteworthy. With the exception of Second Home Holland Park, a co-working space in London designed by Madrid-based studio SelgasCano, the five other selected projects are located within the province of Barcelona. In all of them wood plays a major role as building material. Guiding Architects Barcelona will provide support and share their expertise during the site visits. Together with the project authors and hosts, we would like to extend an invitation to all to discover and enjoy the events taking place in the city and its surroundings:
May 6 – Guided tours [4 PM to 4:45 PM and 5 PM to 5:45 PM]
85 Habitatges Socials a Cornellà, Barcelona
Social housing block, based on a matrix of interconnected spaces eliminating corridors. The building is one of the five finalists for the EU Mies Award in the category of Architecture. By peris+toral.arquitectes.
May 7 – Guided tours [12 PM to 1 PM and 1 PM to 2 PM]
Recuperació de la Torre de Merola, Puig-reig, Province of Barcelona
Consolidation and structural reinforcement of the medieval castle of Merola’s defense tower, located on top of a hill overlooking the Llobregat river. By Carles Enrich Studio.
May 14 – Guided tours [10 AM to 10:45 AM and 11 AM to 11:45 AM]
Fabra & Coats Habitatge Social, Barcelona
Rehabilitation and transformation of an old textile warehouse from the 19th and 20th centuries into social housing and creative factory. By Roldán+Berengué.
May 21 – Guided tours [10 AM to 10:45 AM and 11 AM to 11:45 AM] and group zumba class [12:30 PM]
Poliesportiu i ordenació interior d’illa al Turó de la Peira, Barcelona
Urban regeneration and sports equipment project that places special emphasis on landscape integration and sustainability. By Arquitectura Anna Noguera in collaboration with J2J architects.
May 28 – Guided tour [18 PM to 19 PM]
Cooperativa d’habitatges La Borda, Barcelona
Housing cooperative, which at the time of construction was the tallest cross-laminated timber building in Spain. It is one of two finalists competing for the EU Mies Award in the category of Emerging Architecture. By Lacol.
The winning projects will be announced at the end of April, and the awards ceremony will take place at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion on May 12. We wish the seven finalists the best of luck!
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Text: Stefanie Herr