17. 07. 12. - 15:44
Europe's award-winning buildings come to Vienna
by Lisa Walzel
Vienna’s Museum of Architecture is set to house some of the most famous buildings in the world - well, replicas of them at least.
Photos, maps and models of award-winning buildings will be on show from Thursday (July 19) at the Architekturzentrum located in the city’s Museums Quarter.
The exhibition will feature the winners of the Mies van der Rohe prize – the most coveted award in the world of architecture. Austria is home to three of the prized structures – Innsbruck’s Tyrol Shopping Centre, Altenburg Abbey and Graz’s Mumuth Music Theatre.
English architect David Chipperfield was the overall winner of the competition. Out of the 343 projects entered, his construction and expansion of the New Museum in Berlin was awarded with the 60,000 Euro top prize.
The building, which was originally built by Friedrich August Stüler, was heavily damaged in WWII. Combining themes of the past and the present, Chipperfield was able to achieve the goal of bringing back the museum’s former glory.
Ramon Bosch and Bet Capdeferro picked up the 20,000 euro prize in the new talent category with their Collage House in Girona, Italy. They again combined old and new elements and turned some dilapidated buildings into residential homes. Dipping into the past, they combined already existing materials such as old windows, mosaic tiles and stone surfaces, as well as the old wood and ceramic tiles with modern elements.
In addition to the winning structures, the museum will also showcase the 19 nominees related to Austria. The majority of the buildings are located in Austria, however three of them are not – they were designed by Austrian architects.
Three of the buildings presented in the exhibition are based in Vienna: The residential building "Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten", which is located in Tokio Street, the college of health care and nursing of the Kaiser Franz Josef hospital and the housing complex "Wohnen am Park".
The exhibition can be seen from the 19 July until 8 October 2012 in the Architekturzentrum Wien. It is open daily from 10 am to 7 pm.