Szczecin Philharmonic Hall is the 2015 winner of the Mies van der Rohe Award
As we've previously reported, this year's Mies van der Rohe Award's shortlist was an intense one. Buildings of varying conceptual backgrounds were competing to win the €60,000 prize, from Archea Associati's intricate winery to BIG's unique Maritime Museum in Denmark. The one building that came out on top was the Szczecin Philharmonic Hall designed by architects Barozzi & Veiga. The building's distinctive use of materials, namely the opaque, back-illuminated glass panelling on the facade received generous praise, as well as the technical prowess that went into its construction. According to the Mies Award's website: "The main element is the double skin façade channeling a large part of the installation system to provide a global acoustic insulation and a natural ventilation to avoid overheating. Illuminated by a LED system, it turns the building in a glowing volume with a minimum energy consumption."
The international jury consisting of practicing architects and architecture critics made their decision last week, having studied the 420 projects that were nominated for the award. From all the nominees, a selection of 40 projects had been shortlisted, of which the 5 finalists emerged. While the prize can only go to one recipient every two years, the concepts that define the finalist buildings are all remarkable and the buildings will definitely serve as hallmarks of their respective homelands. Enjoy a few more photos of the Philharmonic Hall's interior below.
photography by Simon Menges Mies van der Rohe Award , Philharmonic Hall , Concert Hall , Barozzi & Veiga
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