Thursday, May 7, 2009

+...MiEs VaN dEr RoHe AwArD 2009...+

Architect Snøhetta AS
Project Architects Craig Dykers, Tarald Lundevall, Kjetil Trædal Thorsen
Architects Martin Dietrichson, Ibrahim El Hayawan, Chandani Ratnawira, Harriet Rikheim, Marianne Sætre
Landscape architects Snøhetta AS, Ragnhild Momrak
Advisors Inger Buresund, Axel Hellstenius, Henrik Hellstenius, Peder Istad,
Jorunn Sannes

Theatre Consultants Theatre Projects Consultants Ltd.
Photographers Gerald Zugmann & Jiri Havran

The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe announced on the 29th of April that the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Oslo, Norway by Snøhetta is the winner of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2009.

This landmark building by Snøhetta, who also designed the new Library of Alexandria (2002), is the largest cultural centre built in Norway in 700 years. It sloping stone roof - made up of 36,000 fitted pieces – rises up from the fjord; allowing members of the public, residents and opera goers alike, to walk over the building, developing a relationship with the public structure. Integral to the 1,000-room interior, which is largely lined with crafted woodwork (using the traditions of Norwegian boat builders), are a number of art commissions interwoven into the structural fabric, including a cloakroom, a collaboration with their 2007 Serpentine Pavilion collaborator Olafur Eliasson. There will be a press visit to the winning building on 7 May 2009 and a special granting ceremony at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona on 28 May 2009.

The new building for the opera and ballet is the first element in the transformation of the bay area of Oslo with the objective of reconnecting the city with its waterfront. In addition to providing the city with an opera and ballet house of the highest international standards, the marble-clad roofscape is both a new civic landmark as well as an architectural landscape that is open to the public. The interior is composed of a sequence of differentiated spaces characterised by carefully chosen materials and the integration of the works of several artists.

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