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 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|