Cream of the crop: the 2014/2015 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize winner is revealed

Connecticut's Grace Farms by SANAA has just been announced as the winner of the 2014/2015 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize in Chicago.
Connecticut's Grace Farms by SANAA has just been announced as the winner of the 2014/2015 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize in Chicago.
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The Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) – the continent’s newest biennial architecture accolade – returns for its second edition and to announce its much anticipated winners for the 2014/2015 cycle. That nod goes to Grace Farms in Connecticut, by Japanese architectural powerhouse SANAA.

Selected by a jury of architects, editors and academics – who scoured the continent for the best built works of the past two years – Grace Farms had to fend off competition from five worthy contenders: Angelo Bucci’s Weekend House in São Paulo, Brazil; Grafton Architects’ UTEC Campus in Lima, Peru; the Pachacamac Museum by Llosa Cortegana in Lima, Peru; Alberto Kalach’s Tower 41 in Mexico City; and Michael Maltzan’s Star Apartments in Los Angeles, USA. The Fort York Visitor Centre by Patkau Architects and Kearns Mancini Architects, Toronto, Canada was also originally considered for the shortlist, but the jury later decided to delay its nomination to the next cycle – 2016/17 – 'to allow for the commencement of its programming and for the maturation of its landscape and integration into the surrounding neighborhood'.

SANAA's Pritzker Prize-winning founders, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, were presented with the award by Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, David Kohler and Phyllis Lambert at a dedicated benefit dinner in Chicago earlier tonight.

Launched by Wiel Arets – the Illinois Institute of Technology's College of Architecture Dean – in 2013, the award aims to not only promote and encourage great architecture from that specific part of the world, but also to nurture a network of architects, academics and schools across North, Central and South America.

The Prize’s winner is announced biannually in conjunction with MCHAP.emerge, the platform’s corresponding biennial prize for the best built work from an emerging architecture practice. The honour this year went to Pavilion on the Zocalo in Mexico City, by local architecture studio Productora, revealed during a symposium in spring 2016.

The newly established MCHAP student prize is also part of today's celebrations, awarded to (a)typical office by Tommy Kyung-Tae Nam and Yun Yun from the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. 

Gracefarms Sanaa 0190 C Dean Kaufman

Winner: completed in 2015, Grace Farms is located in New Canaan, Connecticut, USA

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Cream of the crop: the 2014/2015 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize winner is revealed

Nominee: Torre 41 by Alberto Kalach, Mexico City.

(Image credit: Onnis Luque)

Cream of the crop: the 2014/2015 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize winner is revealed

Nominee: Torre 41 by Alberto Kalach, Mexico City. 

(Image credit: Onnis Luque)

Cream of the crop: the 2014/2015 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize winner is revealed

Nominee: Pachacamac Museum by Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos, Lima, Peru. 

(Image credit: Juan Solano)

Cream of the crop: the 2014/2015 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize winner is revealed

Nominee: Pachacamac Museum by Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos, Lima, Peru. 

(Image credit: Juan Solano)

Cream of the crop: the 2014/2015 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize winner is revealed

Nominee: Star Apartments by Michael Maltzan, Los Angeles, USA.

(Image credit: Iwan Baan)

Cream of the crop: the 2014/2015 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize winner is revealed

Nominee: Star Apartments by Michael Maltzan, Los Angeles, USA.

(Image credit: Iwan Baan)

Cream of the crop: the 2014/2015 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize winner is revealed

Nominee: UTEC Campus by Grafton Architects, Lima, Peru

(Image credit: Iwan Baan)

Cream of the crop: the 2014/2015 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize winner is revealed

Nominee: UTEC Campus by Grafton Architects, Lima, Peru

(Image credit: Iwan Baan)

Cream of the crop: the 2014/2015 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize winner is revealed

Nominee: Weekend House by Angelo Bucci, São Paulo, Brazil.

(Image credit: Nelson Kon)

Cream of the crop: the 2014/2015 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize winner is revealed

Nominee: Weekend House by Angelo Bucci, São Paulo, Brazil.

(Image credit: Nelson Kon)

Cream of the crop: the 2014/2015 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize winner is revealed

The Fort York Visitor Centre by Patkau Architects and Kearns Mancini Architects, Toronto, Canada was also originally considered for the shortlist, but the jury later decided to delay its nomination to the next cycle.

(Image credit: Vik Pawha)

INFORMATION

For more information, visit the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize website (opens in new tab)

Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture Editor at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018) and Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020).