The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2007 has been granted to the MUSAC – Contemporary Art Museum of Castilla y León, Spain by Luis M. Mansilla and Emilio Tuñón/Mansilla + Tuñón.
In making their decision to grant the Award to the MUSAC the jury praised the tectonic clarity of the building and the intelligent realisation of the programme. The jury appreciated the conceptual basis of a series of flexible interior spaces that deal effectively with the challenges of exhibiting contemporary art.
The Emerging Architect Special Mention goes to Matija Bevk and Vasa J. Perovic/Bevk Perovic arhitekti for their Faculty of Mathematics in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The selection of the award winners is a reflection of the main objective underlying the Award, namely to acknowledge excellent and innovative projects characterised by high-quality construction and to recognise the best architectural works built in Europe in the past two years. By supporting this Award in the framework of the Community Culture Programme the Commission underlines the role that cultural activities play as engineers of creativity and innovations in Europe.
On May 14, 2007, Ms Odile Quintin, Director General of Education and Culture of the European Commission, and Mr. Mayor Hereu will present the laureats with their awards at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona at 19:30h. Prior to that, at 17:00h, the architects will give a lecture presenting the MUSAC. This year the Foundation will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Award with a round table meeting with previous Award winners.