Toyo Ito announced as Pritzker Prize winner

The Pritzker Prize is the pinnacle of architecture awards , given each year to a living architect for significant achievement. It was established by the Pritzker family of Chicago through their Hyatt Foundation in 1979 and is often referred to as “architecture’s Nobel Prize”. Previous winners include Philp Johnson, Herzog de Meuron, Frank Gehry & Zaha Hadid who became the first woman to  win the prize in 2004. This year’s winner is Toyo Ito, a 71 year old architect whose architectural practice is based in Tokyo, Japan. Ito’s work evolved from mainly residential designs in his early years to a vast array of commercial and cultural master pieces. Of his early work Ito said he was seeking to erase conventional meaning from his works through minimalist tactics, developing lightness in architecture that resembles air and wind. In his works he sought to break from the grid-based system so popular in twentieth century architecture and favoured more organic, site specific design responses “creating relationships that bring buildings closer to their surroundings and environment.”

In celebration of his wonderful achievement as Pritzker Prize winner in 2013 the following are some images of his work;

Tower of Winds Japan

Tower of Winds Yokohama-shi, Japan

Toyo Ito designs in pictures

Public Theatre Tokyo

Toyo Ito designs in pictures

Pavilion, Bruges    (initially intended for only one year it has remained in place due to its popularity)

Museum of Architecture JapanToyo Ito designs in pictures

Museum of Architecture, Japan

Toyo Ito designs in pictures

Meiso no Mori (Funeral of Meditation) Funeral Hall

Toyo Ito designs in pictures

Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre Japan

Toyo Ito designs in picturesToyo Ito designs in pictures

Kaoshiung Stadium Taiwan

14 Toyo Ito designs in pictures

Serpentine Pavilion, Hyde Park London

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