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Winner of EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award announced

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The Philharmonic Hall in the Polish city of Szczecin, by a duo of architects Fabrizio Barozzi (Italy) and Alberto Veiga (Spain) in cooperation with the Polish Studio A4, is the winner of the 2015 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award.

This is the first time that a project from behind the former iron curtain wins the prize, moreover designed by a young and cross-border team who met during an European Union (EU) Erasmus exchange.

The extensive bombing of Szczecin during WWII destroyed not only its main monuments, but also a large part of the urban structure of the city which is still recovering.

The project is the winning entry of an international open competition for the design of a new Philharmonic complex ion the heart of the city.

The Award highlights the contribution of European architects to the development of new ideas and technologies in contemporary urban development.

Launched in 1987 and co-funded by the Creative Europe programme and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, the €60,000 prize is the most prestigious in European architecture.

It is awarded every other year to works completed within the previous two years. This year, 420 projects were nominated to compete for the Prize, the largest number since its creation.

Five finalists were chosen by a jury led by Cino Zucchi on 20 February in London.

Emerging Architect Award

The Emerging Architect Award , the only prize of its kind in Europe recognising emerging architects, was awarded to Casa Luz (Luz House) in Cilleros, Cáceres,Spain, built by the architecture company Arquitectura-g. The award ceremony takes place today at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona.

The architecture sector is at the heart of Europe's vibrant cultural and creative industries. It employs more than half a million people and more than 12 million are in the construction sector, thus, indirectly linked to the architecture sector.