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DeFlat Kleiburg wins the Mies van der Rohe Award

We congratulate NL architects, XVW architectuur and client Kondor WesselsVastgoed, the winners of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2017 for DeFlat Kleiburg, an innovative renovation of a 500 apartment developments in Amsterdam’s Bijlmermeer neighbourhood. 

This is the first time that the main Award goes to a project of renovation of an existing building. Stephen Bates, the chairman of the jury, believes that the Kleiburg project “challenges current solutions to the housing crisis in European cities, where too often the only ambition is to build more homes year-on-year, while the more profound question of what type of housing should be built goes unanswered. Kleiburg helps us imagine a new kind of architectural project, which responds to changing household patterns and lifestyles in the twenty-first century. A revitalisation of typologies of the past is as relevant as experimenting with new, untested models in this quest, just as radically transforming existing buildings is. 

The winner of the Emerging Architect category was awarded to MSA/V+ for the Navez housing project - five affordable housing units in a tight edge-of-town site. Dealing with the economic and site constraints, the building succeeds both in terms of its architectural and urban ambitions by providing five exemplary apartments for large families within a landmark building that marks the entrance of the city of Schaarbeek.

The Awards ceremony will take place on 26 May at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Brussels.