David Chipperfield’s revamp of the Neues Museum in Berlin has won the 2011 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – the Mies van der Rohe Award. — BDOnline
BDonline broke the news that architect David Chipperfield has received the Mies van der Rohe award for his working on the restoration of the Neues Museum in Berlin: a cash prize of 60,000€. The 2011 jury included Mohsen Mostafavi, Ole Bouman, Annette Gigon, Yvonne Farrell, Zhu Pei and Tarald Lundevall.
"The rebuilding of the Neues Museum is an extraordinary achievement. Rarely have an architect and client succeeded in undertaking a work of such historic importance and complexity; especially one that involves both preservation and new building. The project raises and addresses many aesthetic, ethical, and technical issues. It is an exemplary demonstration of what collaboration can achieve in the context of contemporary European architectural practice." --Mohsen Mostafavi
Previous winners of the awards include Norwegian National Opera & Ballet by SNØHETTA, Contemporary Art Museum of Castilla y León by Mansilla+Tuñón Arquitectos and Netherlands Embassy Berlin by Rem Koolhaas and Ellen van Loon of OMA.
The Neues Museum's 20,500 square-meter renovation was commissioned by Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz and spanned over a 12 year period between 1997-2009.