2011 European Prize for Architecture Philippe Rotthier

16/10/2011 - 20/11/2011
"The Time of Renovation"

Today, and this will be even more so in the future, a very large part of architecture concerns the renovation of existing buildings that are often given a new use. Factories, workshops, covered markets, warehouses, barracks and various public and private, secular and religious, abandoned or escheated buildings are restored to life and are appreciated all the more for being a part of the collective memory and history or a town or neighbourhood of which they are often structuring elements.

Sil Plaz neus museum Elsa Morante palais des glaces anciens abattoirs de milan oleanderweg josé baganhavilla Empain

The 2011 Prize rewarded projects that are part of a process of urban renaissance, which highlight the pre-existing patrimony, improve the quality of life in neighbourhoods and favour mixity.

The exhibition will present the thirty projects selected by the jury, of which seven successful candidates will share a prize of €30,000 prize, one special prize and three honorary mention.

The jury insisted on selecting works that were still little known, that represented social progress or that encouraged a renewed dialogue between history, the past lives of buildings and the new activities they embrace. All of the contestants were congratulated on the high quality of the works they had presented.

Projects awarded by the jury

  • Prize for the best participative architecture : Sil Plaz Cinema in Ilanz, Switzerland (Prize of € 12 000)
  • Prize for the best museum restoration : Neues Museum in Berlin, Germany (Prize of € 3 000)
  • Prize for the best conversion of a religious building : Elsa Morante library in Lonate Ceppino (Varese), Italy (Prize of € 3 000)
  • Prize for the best mix of activities and urban integration : The Refrigeration Depot and Ice Palace in Milan, Italy (Prize of € 3 000)
  • Prize for the best housing renovation : Oleanderweg social housing in Halle (Saale), Germany (Prize of € 3 000)
  • Prize for the best industrial heritage conservation : Rome’s former slaughterhouse, Italy (Prize of € 3 000)
  • Prize for the best social conversion : The Casa do Médico de São Rafael in Sines, Portugal (Prize of € 3 000)
  • Special jury prize : The Boghossian Foundation for the Villa Empain in Brussels, Belgium

Three projects distinguished by the jury

  • The Chicago Tower, restructuring of the archives building of the Cour des Comptes as offices in Paris, France
  • Creation of a unified contemporary environment around the Temple of Diana in Mérida, Spain
  • Reconstruction of a part of Reykjavik’s central and historic square, Iceland

Projects selected by the jury to be exhibit and illustrated in the catalogue with the prizewinning and honorary mention projects

  • Reclaiming of a waste processing site to create a technological and environmental centre and a park in Valdemingómez, Madrid, Spain
  • Conversion of the Gaïté lyrique theatre into a centre dedicated to digital cultures in Paris, France
  • Redevelopment of the seafront at Valletta, Malta, and creation of a cruise ship terminal
  • Archaeological museum of the Château de Mayenne, France
  • Conversion of a railway depot into a cultural centre and residences for artists in Benicasim (Castellón), Spain
  • Establishment of the Hermitage Museum in a former retirement home in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Renovation and restructuring of a former mining terminal as a hotel on the volcanic island of Thirassia, Cyclades, Greece
  • Renovation of the “Hermanos Laulhé” health centre in San Fernando, Cadix, Spain
  • Conversion of a boat smithery into a visitors’ centre and exhibition galleries at Chatham Historic Dockyard in Kent, Great Britain
  • Conversion of a former distillery into a wine sciences museum and public garden, in Almendralejo, Spain
  • Renovation of the Piarist Centre in Budapest, Hungary
  • “Sugar City Sugar Silos”, conversion of two former sugar silos into offices in Halfweg, the Netherlands
  • Conversion of a family home into a town hall and public services centre in Luz-Saint-Sauveur, France
  • Conversion of a former Schindler factory into the Krakow Museum of Modern Art, Poland
  • Restructuring and extension of one of the entrance pavilions to the park of the Jardins d'Éole to create a public crèche in Paris, France
  • C-Mine, renovation of the structures of a former coal mine in Genk, Belgium
  • Conversion of Bethnal Green’s former town hall into apartments, London, Great Britain
  • Renovation of an 18th century passage and shop courtyard in Izmir, Turkey
  • Transformation of the former Robinson cork factory into an urban promenade linking two areas of Portalegre, Portugal

Exhibition at the Architecture Museum – La Loge

86 rue de l’Ermitage, Brussels
Free entrance

from 16 October to 20 November 2011

tuesday to sunday from 12:00 to 18:00
Closed on monday

The exhibition will be accompanied by the publication of a catalogue, in English and French.

The inauguration of the exhibition and the prize giving ceremony will take place on Saturday 15 October at 11:00 am.