Last Friday, the European Union's biennially awarded architecture prize, the Mies Van der Rohe Award 2015, officially went to the new Philharmonic Hall in Sczecin, Poland, a jagged white structure that's already been shortlisted for the Design Museum's "Design of the Year" award. Completed last year, the 140,000-square-foot building was designed by Spanish firm Barozzi/Veiga and contains a symphony hall for 1,000 guests, a chamber music hall for 200 guests, as well as additional room for exhibitions and conferences. Rising on a historical site that was destroyed during World War II, the Philharmonic Hall's arresting form takes after the city's original pitched-roof residential buildings and neo-Gothic churches. This symbolism of urban renewal won over the jury.
· Philarmonic Hall [European Union Prize]
· The 15 Finest New Buildings, According to the Design Museum [Curbed]