European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe have announced DeFlat Kleiburg by Dutch studios NL Architects and XVW Architectuur as the winner of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2017.
DeFlat is an innovative renovation of one of the biggest apartment buildings in The Netherlands called Kleiburg, a bend slab with 500 apartments in Amsterdam’s Bijlmermeer neighbourhood. Consortium DeFlat rescued the building from the wrecking ball by turning it into a " Klusflat ", meaning that the inhabitants renovate their apartments by themselves.
NL architects were awarded the Emerging Architect Prize of the EU Mies Award in 2005 for their work BasketBar in Utrecht.
The 2017 Emerging Architect Prize has been awarded to the Brussels studios MSA/V+ for the work NAVEZ - 5 Social Units at the northern entrance of Brussels, a housing project that fulfills the double ambition of the local authorities: to represent the urban revalidation scheme with a landmark at the entrance of the city and to provide exemplary apartments for large families. The client is the City of Schaerbeek .
The two awarded projects have been chosen from a list of 355 works from 36 European countries . Five finalists were selected and visited by the Jury: Rivesaltes Memorial Museum, Katyn Museum in Warsaw, DeFlat Kleiburg in Amsterdam, Kannikegården in Ribe and Ely Court in London, accompanied by the authors of the works , who also gave lectures open to the public.