The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe revealed five finalists for the biennial Mies van der Rohe Award—also known as the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture—at a London press conference today. The finalists were selected from a shortlist of 40 projects. Over the coming weeks, jury members will visit and assess each of these five projects before recognizing one winner for its excellence in its conceptual, social, cultural, and technical ideas and construction.

Antinori Winery, Archea Associati, Florence, Italy
Pietro Savorelli Antinori Winery, Archea Associati, Florence, Italy

Antinori Winery, Florence, Italy, by Archea Associati

Danish Maritime Museum, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Helsingør Denmark
Rasmum Hjortshoj Danish Maritime Museum, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Helsingør Denmark

Danish Maritime Museum, Helsingør Denmark, by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

London School of Economics Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects, London
Dennis Gilbert London School of Economics Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects, London

London School of Economics Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, London, by O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects

Ravensburg Art Museum, Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei, Ravensburg, Germany
Roland Halbe Ravensburg Art Museum, Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei, Ravensburg, Germany

Ravensburg Art Museum, Ravensburg, Germany, by Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei

Szczecin Philharmonic Hall, Barozzi Veiga, Szczecin, Poland
Simon Menges Szczecin Philharmonic Hall, Barozzi Veiga, Szczecin, Poland

Szczecin Philharmonic Hall, Szczecin, Poland, by Barozzi Veiga

The prize was launched in 1988, and became the official architecture prize of the European Union in 2001. The winner will be announced on May 8 at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona.

The jury for this year’s prize includes practicing architects Cino Zucchi (chair) of Cino Zucchi Architetti; Margarita Jover of Aldayjover Architecture and Landscape; Lene Tranberg of, Lundgaard & Tranberg; Peter L. Wilson of Bolles + Wilson; Li Xiangning, deputy dean of Tongji University’s College of Architecture & Urban Planning in Shanghai; Tony Chapman, head of awards at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA); Hansjörg Mölk, CEO of MPreis; and non-voting members Ivan Blasi and Giovanna Carnevali, director of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe in Barcelona.

To see more images and information on each project, please visit ARCHITECT’s Project Gallery.