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OMA's Dutch Embassy in Berlin Wins EU's Mies van der Rohe Award

OMA has received the Mies van der Rohe Award 2005 – the European Union’s Prize for Contemporary Architecture – for its design of the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin.

The Award is presented every two years by the European Union and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona, to acknowledge and reward high quality architecture in Europe. The jury, chaired by Zaha Hadid, felt that the building was a powerful reworking of the notion of an embassy in which an exceptional element was the spiral staircase with views framing the city. A sophisticated use of materials and visual effects revealing its context were also mentioned.

Lucy Bullivant