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The rehabilitation of the buildings guarantees the well-being and quality of life of its guests. In some cases, architectural rehabilitation also brings social value and preserves the historical memory of Europe. For these reasons, the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, Mies Van Der Rohe Prize, recognizes in this edition the role of rehabilitation.

The five projects that have resulted finalists had a common point: the repair of buildings. In some cases it has been a physical repair, in others a historical reform or in others has imposed the architectural rehabilitation to the demolitions. Of these five projects, only one will be the winner of the prestigious architectural award Mies van der Rohe.

The EU's Contemporary Architecture Award is presented every two years and its main objective is to recognize and reward the quality of architectural production in Europe. In addition, this award also seeks to stimulate circulation between professionals across the EU and support young architects.

the Prizes Mies van der Rohe 2017
the Prizes Mies van der Rohe 2017

In this edition, these awards have wanted to highlight the social value of the rehabilitation of buildings. Of all the projects that have presented themselves to this prestigious prize, they have chosen five finalists whose works have consisted in the reform or architectural rehabilitation. According to the organization, rehabilitation improves the quality of life of users and preserves the history of the EU. Another advantage, which we have talked about on other occasions, is that rehabilitation also helps reduce pollution and the energy bill.

Kannikegarden, Ribe, Denmark

The Parish House of Ribe is an ensemble that includes a cathedral in the center of the medieval city. One of the highlights is the coexistence between modern and historical facades.

Ely Court, London

This project regenerated a neighborhood through the rehabilitation and recovery of the use of common spaces. Among the most praised actions is the reform of gardens whose purpose was to fight against the segregation of neighbors.

DeFlat Kleiburg, Amsterdam

This project has managed to rehabilitate a building that the neighbors did not want to overturn. The final result is a good example of the renovation of the 500 apartments in a building 400 meters long.

Rivesalles Memorial Museum, France

This monument to the Rivesalles concentration camp has been rehabilitated in the spirit of connecting old wounds with more restorative and hopeful environments.

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