Chipperfield's Neues Museum wins Mies van der Rohe Award
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.
The project beat competition from Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, Belgian practice MDMA, Paris-based Bernard Tschumi and Dutch company Koen van Velsen to win the prestigious prize.
Jury chair Mohsen Mostafavi said: “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.”
Chipperfield added: “The reconstruction of the Neues Museum is a testament to the collaborative process undertaken in a demanding climate of public opinion. The result is evidence not only of the efforts of the professional team but of the commitment of the client and the city authorities to engage in this rigorous and articulated process.”
The award ceremony will take place on June 20 at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona, Spain.