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Six firms have been named as finalists in the 2011 Mies van der Rohe Prize, awarded every two years to acknowledge architectural excellence in Europe.
Projects by Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, David Chipperfield, Bernard Tschumi, MDMA and Koen van Velsen have been selected from over 340 buildings completed in 33 European countries for the 2011 shortlist.
Hadids MAXXI Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome, which won the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2010, will compete against Nouvels Concert House Danish Radio in Copenhagen and Chipperfields Neues Museum Berlin.
Tschumis Acropolis Museum in Athens, MDMAs Bronks Youth Theatre in Brussels and Koen van Velsens Rehabilitation Centre Groot Klimmendaal in Arnhem complete the shortlist.
The prize is an initiative of the European Union, and is organized by the Fundacio Mies van der Rohe in Barcelona. It aims to promote the contribution of European architects to the development of new ideas and technology within the industry.
The prize was first awarded in 1988, and has been the official architecture prize of the EU since 2000. Past winners include Snøhettas Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo (2009), Mansilla y Tuñóns MUSAC Contemporary Art Museum of Castilla y León (2007) and OMAs Netherlands Embassy in Berlin (2005).
The winner of the 2011 prize will be announced on 20 June at a ceremony held at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona.