Mies van der Rohe Award 2009 Finalists

The five finalists for the 2009 Mies van der Rohe Award in architecture have been announced, and boy, that will be some tough judging! I'm having a hard time choosing a favorite, especially between the Zenith Music Hall in France, and the Oslo Opera House in Norway. The winner of this prestigious award will be announced in May.The five finalists are:

Picture 1.png Multimodal Centre-Nice Tramway / Nice, France / by Marc Barani - Atelier Marc Barani Picture 2.png Zenith Music Hall / Strasbourg, France / by Massimiliano Fuksas, Doriana Fuksas - Massimiliano Fuksas Architecture

Picture 6.png University Luigi Bocconi / Milan, Italy / by Shelley McNamara, Yvonne Farrell - Grafton Architects

Picture 4.png The Norwegian Opera & Ballet [Oslo Opera House] / Oslo, Norway / by Kjetil Træaedal Thorsen, tarald Lundevall, Craig Dykers - Snøhetta

Picture 5.png Library, Senior Citizen' Centre and City Block Core Zone, Sant Antoni District / Barcelona, Spain / by Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, Ramon Vilalta - RCR Aranda Pigem Vilalta Arquitectes

If you were seated on the European Commission, which one would you choose?

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