Dezeen's Jessica Mairs reports that five projects are in the running for the 2017 Mies van der Rohe Award, including an Amsterdam housing block by Dutch studios NL Architects and XVW Architectuur, and a London housing scheme by Alison Brooks.

The biennial award, named after German-American architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, is the most prestigious accolade in European architecture and honors the best building completed in the last two years. The winner of the award will be celebrated in a ceremony at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona in May 2017.

Past winners of the Mies van der Rohe Prize include Barozzi Veiga's Szczecin Philharmonic Hall in Poland (2015), the Harpa Concert and Conference Center in Iceland (2013), David Chipperfield's Neus Museum in Berlin (2011) and Snøhetta's Opera House in Oslo (2009).

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