Through its subsidiary Fluidra Engineering Services, the Fluidra group became an official sponsor of the Mies van der Rohe Foundation last month. Following the signing of the sponsorship agreement, the multinational Catalan company, dedicated to developing appliances for the sustainable use of water, will further add to the various educational activities run by the Foundation.
Founded in 1983 by Barcelona City Council, the Mies van der Rohe Foundation was created to renovate and maintain the pavilion designed by German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) for the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition.
Since it was set up over 30 years ago, the Foundation has not only ensured theconservation of the so-called German Pavilion, but has also been promoting the study and dissemination of architecture and contemporary design, as well as the work of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
One of the organisation’s most prominent achievements has been working with the European Commission to create the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, also known as the Mies van der Rohe Award, which is now considered one of the continent’s most recognised and influential architectural awards.
In order to fulfil its purpose, the Mies van der Rohe Foundation frequently organises touring exhibitions where visitors can view the winning projects and sit in on conferences known for their analysis and debate of architecture and urbanism.
Similarly, to show how contemporary architecture is progressing, the organisation publishes a catalogue that features the works of all the finalists and the winner of each edition of the Mies van der Rohe Award. In 2015, the Szczecin Philharmonic Hall (Poland), designed by Barcelona based architects Barozzi Veiga, won the award.
As the official sponsor of the Foundation, Fluidra Engineering will be collaborating in all of these works, thus reinforcing its commitment to architecture and innovation.