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Wednesday, March 13, 2019


The world's first inflatable concert hall in the Japanese coastal town of Matsushima in 2013: British sculptor Anish Kapoor and Japanese architect Arata Isozaki created the unusual Ark Nova, a balloon made of a coated polyester material 
Arata Isozaki, 89, an architect of worldwide renown is the 2019 Pritzker Prize laureate.  He has more than 100 built works internationally, including his acclaimed design for the Museum of Contemporary Art on Grand Avenue in Los Angeles — his name isn’t always recognized outside architectural circles.  Albeit he is not widely known outside of architectural circles, nonetheless respected for his work, which he describes as post-modern but not post-Modernist.”

One critic harkened that description of in between to reflect Isozaki’s career, which remained Japanese but also embraced Western influences.  He went from brutalism as a young architect and into a rainbow of arcs, curves and pyramids in his later years.  But, this year’s Pritzker Prize jury said the Okinawa-based architect has not been a follower but clearly defined his own path.  And, in doing so connected East and West.

Arata Isozaki, 2019 Pritzker Prize Laureate
The Pritzker Prize was created to honor a living architect or architects whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision, and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.

The international prize, which is awarded each year to a living architect/s for significant achievement, was established by the Pritzker family of Chicago through their Hyatt Foundation in 1979. It is granted annually and is often referred to as “architecture’s Nobel” and “the profession’s highest honor. The laureate receives $100,000 and also a bronze medallion. The bronze medallion awarded to each Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize is based on designs of Louis Sullivan, famed Chicago architect generally acknowledged as the father of the skyscraper. On one side is the name of the prize. On the reverse, three words are inscribed, “firmness, commodity and delight,” recalling Roman architect Vitruvius' fundamental principles of architecture of firmitas, utilitas, venustas.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Centennial Concert Hall, Nara, Japan

Playful work for Disney in Florida incorporating postmodern shapes

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