Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, sends his warmest congratulations to French architects Anne Lacaton, Jean-Philippe Vassal – winners of the 2008 Grand Prix national de l'architecture – Frédéric Druot and Christophe Hutin who have just received in Barcelona, the 2019 Mies van der Rohe prize for the rehabilitation of 530 social housing units in the Cité du Grand Parc in Bordeaux.

The French project was selected by a jury, chaired by the Danish architect Dorte Mandrup, from among 383 works from 38 countries.

The jury appreciated the economy of means that presided over this large-scale rehabilitation of three buildings of this Bordeaux city of the 1960s and whose ambition was to optimize the housing spaces. He also highlighted an achievement «based on optimism and modernity, filled with generosity and giving a new face to architecture and its possibilities». This project is part of the Bordeaux Urban Community, an experimental field and territory of remarkable architecture.

Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal are notably the authors of the redevelopment of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the École nationale supérieure d'architecture in Nantes and the FRAC Nord-Pas-de-Calais in Dunkerque.

Frédéric Druot, for his part, collaborated with Lacaton&Vassal for the rehabilitation of the Bois le Prêtre tower, Paris 17e. Finally, Christophe Hutin is responsible for the Vacherie de Blanquefort, transformation of a model farm in the XIXe century in multipurpose room.

Franck Riester would also like to congratulate the Toulouse-based agency Bast – winner of the 2018 Albums des jeunes architectes et paysagistes, awarded every two years by the Ministry of Culture – for being awarded the “Architecte émergent” prize. 2019 for the school refectory of Montbrun-Bocage in Haute-Garonne.

In particular, the jury noted “extremely precise execution” and “design choices that have made this project a remarkable achievement built within a relatively limited budget.”

The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe is awarded every two years to contemporary European architectural achievements of less than two years. It was established in 1987 by the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation in Barcelona.