The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe have announced the 85 works competing for the Award for Contemporary Architecture of the European Union – Mies van der Rohe Award 2022. Four projects from the Balearic Islands appear on the list: three in Mallorca and one in Formentera. These are in addition to the previous pool of nominees announced on February 2, which in total amounted to 532 works completed between October 2018 and April 2021 in 41 countries.

The four selected Balearic projects are the following:

  • Cinc habitatges socials al carrer Regal, promotion of public housing of the Balearic Housing Institute (Ibavi) in Son Gotleu, Palma. The work ended in 2019 and was in charge of the architects Carles Oliver, Alfonso Reina, Antonio Martín, Maria Antònia Garcías, and Xim Moyá.
  • Palerm House, by OHLAB, completed in 2019 in the town of Lloret de Vistalegre. It is the work of Jaime Oliver and Paloma Hernaiz.
  • Casa a Son Puig, by Ripoll Tizón Estudio de Arquitectura, in which the architects Juan Miguel Tizón and José Ripoll participated, in Palma.
  • Es Pou, a house in Formentera, by Marià Castelló Arquitectura. Work by Marià Castelló and Loreza Ruzafa, completed in 2020 in Sant Francesc, Formentera.

The EU Mies Award has adapted the calendar of this edition in order to include all the works and guarantee the safety, rigor and excellence in the evaluation of all projects, taking into account the international concern for the global situation. Reviewing this second group of nominees, the organization observes a great balance between the different programs: 18% correspond to educational facilities, another 18% to single-family homes, and another 18% to mixed-use buildings. 13% corresponds to collective housing, 11% to cultural facilities, followed by office buildings, sports and leisure, urban planning, sanitary facilities, food and accommodation, religion, funeral, landscape and industry. 65% of the projects are the result of new constructions while the rest are transformations (regenerations and extensions). The percentage of new construction is 70% of the 532 works.

This year’s edition shows a small increase in nominated young studios compared to previous editions: of the 532 works, 84% of architecture studios have more than 10 years of experience and 86% of all architects, involved in These works as authors (1542) are over 40 years old. Sixty-one authors are 65 years of age or older.