This Prize aims to recognise excellence in architecture. It distinguishes those works which strengthen the ability of adaptability of spaces to reach comfort and well-being to its residents. Architecture which turns into quality places for people’s every day lives: for working, learning, playing,… Architecture to be lived in.
Collective Places and Personal Places constitute the two categories around which the Prize is structured and reflect our interest in architecture planned and explained from the user’s perspective. An interest that focuses on experiences that put spaces to the test rather than on degree 0 of architecture frozen in the instants prior to being handed over to society and the city.
The focus on the inhabitant is also reflected in the Prize methodology. The video, considered to be an instrument to bring architecture closer to the public in general and to convey the atmosphere of the place, is the main document to be submitted. The participation process includes users, inhabitants and citizens and allows them to propose those works they regard as worthy of consideration on the part of the jury.
Living Places – Simon Architecture Prize is an initiative of Simon and it is developed by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe.
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SIMON is the head of an industrial group that emerged from a family-owned workshop in Olot (Spain) 100 years ago. It has grown thanks to the efforts and the tenacity of thousands of people to its present position: leading company in the Spanish market with a strong position in the world market for low-voltage electrical materials. Its portfolio of more than 5500 products covers small electrical and protection materials, electronics, remote control and point-to-point remote consumption measurement, security (access control, CCTV, intruder controls, technical alarms), voice, data and multimedia connection systems for workstations, trunking, and interior lighting for professional environments, using LED technology.
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Fundació Mies van der Rohe
“A platform to inspire the world through good architecture.” In 1983 the Mies van der Rohe Foundation was created with the aim of reconstructing the Germany Pavilion that Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created for the 1929 International Exhibition. The building that can be seen now was inaugurated in 1986, coinciding with the Centenary of the birth of the architect, and it is a true reproduction that was erected in the same location as the original.
The reconstruction of the Pavilion was a starting point for a larger project. On the one hand the aim was to share and preserve the material heritage of Mies van der Rohe and, on the other, the Foundation was also commissioned to ensure the immaterial legacy of the architect, promoting his innovative spirit in constant dialogue with the present. It therefore fostered, through its schedule of activities, debate and research in the field of architecture and modern urban development.
From its beginning, the Foundation has continued to evolve to respond to this double mandate that combines the best architectural heritage of the 20th century with modern urban and constructive development of the Europe of the future. Since 1988 the Foundation has organised, with the support of the European Union, the “European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award” (www.miesarch.com), which over the last quarter of a century years has become the leading reference for architecture.
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