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Grafton Architects’ Kingston City Home wins Mies van der Rohe Award

Following its RIBA Stirling Prize win final 12 months, Dublin-based Grafton ArchitectsCity Home, a multi-use larger training constructing on the Kingston College London, has now been honored with the EU’s high structure prize for 2022: the European Union Prize for Modern Structure – the Mies van der Rohe Award. That includes a hovering colonnaded facade, this concrete-framed neighborhood hub for Kingston College hosts a library and archive, versatile examine areas, dance studio, exhibition areas, and far more unfold throughout six tales and 97,000 sq. ft of house. Emphasizing openness and inclusivity, the constructing was accomplished in 2019.

In whole, 532 buildings from 41 European nations had been submitted for the 2022 awards cycle. Along with City Home, two different Grafton-designed buildings had been nominated for this 12 months’s Mies Award, each of them in France: Institute Mines Télécom in Paris and the Toulouse College of Economics. The agency’s College of Economics at College Luigi Bocconi in Milan was a finalist undertaking again in 2009.

City Home’s win marks the primary time that the coveted European structure prize has been awarded to a college undertaking because the awards program, co-funded by the EU and Fundació Mies van der Rohe, was first established in 1987.  “… [Town House] reveals that there’s a want for public instructional initiatives with the standard of this one, which dignifies individuals’s lives by training and being collectively and provides the identical instructional potentialities to all people,” elaborated a press launch saying each the 2022 Structure Prize and the 2022 Rising Structure Prize, which went to La Borda, a housing cooperative within the Sants neighborhood of Barcelona designed by Lacol.

overhead view of a college campus with church
City Home at Kingston College London (© Ed Reeve)

Notably, City Home’s win additionally marks the ultimate time the prize can be bestowed to a constructing positioned in the UK—after this awards cycle, U.Ok. initiatives will not be eligible for submission provided that the post-Brexit U.Ok. is not a part of the EU. Additionally it is the primary time {that a} constructing designed by an Irish agency has been honored with the Mies Award in what’s a deserved complement to Grafton founders Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara’s present standing as the primary—and for now solely— Irish architects to be named as Pritzker Prize laureates.

“Kingston College London purchased into our imaginative and prescient for City Home and so they had been true companions with us on this prestigious undertaking,” stated McNamara in a assertion shared by The Royal Institute of the Architects of Eire. “We designed the six-story City Home to behave because the college’s ‘entrance door.’ We needed to create an area which was inviting and welcoming to the area people and which fostered collaboration inside its partitions. This Award is a superb reflection on our consumer and on the whole workforce at Grafton Architects.”

interior of an open space in a university building
(© Dennis Gilbert)

Farrell added that “we’re over the moon,” concerning the win and known as out the agency’s “improbable workforce who’re devoted to designing lovely buildings that ship on their objective.”

The Mies Award, which is offered biennially and comes with a 60,000 euro money prize, can be bestowed to Farrell and McNamara on Could 12 on the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona. The awards ceremony and associated occasions coincide with Mannequin.Barcelona Architectures Pageant.

An exhibition, the EUmies 20022 Exhibition, can even be held in Barcelona from Could 1 by 12, permitting guests to view fashions, sketches, movies, and different supplies of all 40 works shortlisted for this 12 months’s prize in addition to summaries of all 532 submitted nominees. Following its run on the ESklandestino gallery house in Barcelona in early Could, the exhibition will then go on tour all through the summer time and fall with deliberate stops in Cologne, Brussels, and Vienna.

The 2022 Mies Award jury was comprised of Tatiana Bilbao, Francesca Ferguson, Mia Hägg, Triin Ojari, Georg Pendl, Spiros Pengas and Marcel Smets, who, collectively, “agreed to start out the conversations with no pre-established agenda and as an alternative develop an lively, concerned and open angle based mostly on dialogue and debate between the completely different positions of every of the members,” per a press launch. Working from a shortlist of 40 initiatives hailing from 18 European nations, the jury then visited all 5 finalist initiatives: City Home, the Railway Farm in Paris, Frizz23 in Berlin, the Z33 Home for Artwork, Structure, and Design in Hasselt, Belgium, and 85 Social Dwelling in Cornellà de Llobregat, Spain. At every website, the jury was joined by every constructing’s respective designers, the purchasers/builders, native consultants, and customers for extra perception earlier than reaching their closing choice.


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