The Chamber of Architects of the Republic of Poland (IARP) and the Association of Polish Architects (SARP) have chosen seven Polish architectural projects to be submitted in the competition of the Mies van der Rohe Award 2015. Two out of the seven nominated buildings were erected in Katowice.
These are the newly delivered venue of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (PNRSO), opened this month and designed by Konior Studio, and the Silesian Museum – commissioned in December 2013 – of which the architectural design was prepared by Riegler Riewe Architekten. Both buildings were built within the so called cultural district in the area of the former „Katowice” coal mine.
The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award is granted every two years „to acknowledge and reward quality architectural production in Europe”. The competition will be decided in spring 2015.
The first competition of the Mies van der Rohe Award was held in 1988. The very first Katowice building was nominated for the prize in 2009 and it was the Konior Studio’s Science and Musical Education Center „Symfonia”. In 2011, the Regional Court in Katowice, designed by Archistudio Studniarek + Pilinkiewicz, was submitted for the award. The Scientific Information Center and Academic Library, created by HS99, competed for the price within the 2013 edition and was shortlisted as one of the 34 best architectural projects.