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Europe's Best Contemporary Buildings Never Looked So Twee

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Spotted at this year's Venice Biennale, the hoity-toity annual exhibition in Italy: hundreds of unambiguously adorable versions of Europe's most lauded contemporary architecture. They're part of an exhibit on the winners of the Mies van der Rohe Award, the prize given to the best of European Union architecture in the last quarter-century. Made in Europe, which spotlights 2,500 projects and 230 original models (like London's Peckham Library and Media Centre, above), is meant to show how "modern architecture over the last century has eroded the singularities of each European nation's style." (Yay?) It also, according to the curators, asks questions like "is there a 'Europeanness' in architecture?" and "what are cultural centres?" That's very high-brow and important and all, but let's get back to the teeny tiny buildings, shall we?

↑ De Brug in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, by Chris de Jonge.

↑ Sines Arts Centre in Sines, Portugal, by Manuel Aires Mateus and Francisco Aires Mateus.

Want more architectural models? Well starchitect Richard Meier's has a whole museum dedicated to them, right this way.

· "Made In Europe" Showcases 25 Years of The EU Prize—Mies van der Rohe Award [ArchDaily]
· All Miniatures posts [Curbed National]