This exhibition highlights the archives of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award, begun in 1988. It offers visitors a unique overview of the evolution of architecture in Europe over the past 25 years. The archive, held by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe in Barcelona, is Europe's biggest collection of documents on contemporary architecture, with more than 2,500 projects and 230 original models.
“2013 marked the 25th anniversary of the Prize, and we decided to revisit the archive,” says Giovanna Carnevali, director of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe. “This raw archive is physical evidence of time. It has the potential for multiple interpretations: different “histories” are made possible, illustrating the richness and the evolution of national architectures.”
The Foundation offices are in the 1929 German Pavilion in Barcelona, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, demolished after the International Exhibition and reconstructed on the original site in 1986. “This reproduction became a document itself, the "Zero Document". This is the origin of the archive, which correspondingly consists of documents and reproductions that help us analyse the past and imagine the future of arch...read more