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2015 Pritzker Prize Winner Frei Otto’s Work in 10 Images

12:00 - 11 March, 2015
2015 Pritzker Prize Winner Frei Otto’s Work in 10 Images, Roofing for main sports facilities in the Munich Olympic Park for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Image © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn
Roofing for main sports facilities in the Munich Olympic Park for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Image © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn

On Tuesday evening the Pritzker Prize jury named Frei Otto as the 40th recipient of the award, making him the second German to receive the award and the first winner to receive it posthumously. Otto was both an architect and a structural engineer, perhaps best known for the 1972 Munich Olympic Stadium

With regards to their decision the jury highlighted Otto’s “visionary ideas, inquiring mind, belief in freely sharing knowledge and inventions, his collaborative spirit and concern for the careful use of resources.”  

Enjoy 10 photos of Otto’s projects after the break. 

Aviary at the Munich Zoo. Image © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn The 1967 International and Universal Exposition. Image © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn Diplomatic Club Heart Tent. Image © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn Institute for Lightweight Structures. Image © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn +10

Falcon Headquarters 2 / Rojkind Arquitectos + Gabriela Etchegaray

12:00 - 11 March, 2015
Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro
Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro
  • Architects

    Rojkind Arquitectos, Gabriela Etchegaray
  • Location

    Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Architects in Charge

    Michel Rojkind, Gerardo Salinas, Gabriela Etchegaray
  • Design Team

    Barbara Trujillo, Gerardo Villanueva, Gerardo Reyes, Carlos Campos, Andrea León
  • Area

    1650.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012

Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro +29

Material Minds: Digital Ceramic Printing in MVRDV's Glass Farm

10:00 - 11 March, 2015
Material Minds: Digital Ceramic Printing in MVRDV's Glass Farm, © Persbureau van Eijndhoven
© Persbureau van Eijndhoven

If you search the web for information on MVRDV's Glass Farm, you'll find plenty of people writing about the project's 33-year history, and about its context in the small town of Schijndel. You'll even find plenty of people theorizing on the nature of those glass walls, and the relationships between image and authenticity and between modern technology and modest tradition. But strangely, you'll find almost no information on how the project made use of Digital Ceramic Printing, a relatively new process which was able to handle the many colors, variable transparency and fine tolerances required to display an entire farmhouse facade across a thousand glass panels.

In this new installment of our Material Minds series, presented by ArchDaily Materials, we spoke to MVRDV's project leader on the Glass Farm Gijs Rikken, and to Niv Raz, an Architect at Dip-Tech - the company who produces the printers, ink, software and support required for the process.

© MVRDV © MVRDV © MVRDV © Persbureau van Eijndhoven +9

Twitter Critics React to Frei Otto's Posthumous Pritzker

10:30 - 11 March, 2015
Twitter Critics React to Frei Otto's Posthumous Pritzker, Diplomatic Club Heart Tent, 1980, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Image © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn
Diplomatic Club Heart Tent, 1980, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Image © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn

The sudden and unexpected announcement of the Pritzker Prize yesterday evening sent shockwaves through the architecture world. With the sad death of the Prize's latest laureate Frei Otto on Monday, the Pritzker made the unprecedented decision to announce the winner two weeks early, ensuring that Otto's final, crowning achievement would make its way into the obituaries of this great man.

Of course, despite the sudden nature of the announcement, the many critics on Twitter were on hand to lend their initial thoughts in what was an interesting mix of congratulations, sadness and nostalgia. Read on after the break for all the reactions.

Frei Otto Posthumously Named 2015 Pritzker Laureate

09:05 - 11 March, 2015
Frei Otto Posthumously Named 2015 Pritzker Laureate , © Ingenhoven und Partner Architekten, Düsseldorf
© Ingenhoven und Partner Architekten, Düsseldorf

Frei Otto has just been named the 40th recipient of the Pritzker Prize - two weeks prior to the expected official announcement. The abrupt news has been released early due the unfortunate passing of the German architect and structural engineer, who was best known for the 1972 Munich Olympic Stadium. The pioneering tensile structure, which stood in considerable contrast to the strict, authoritarian stadium that was its predecessor, was meant to present a different, more compassionate face for Germany. 

"Throughout his life, Frei Otto has produced imaginative, fresh, unprecedented spaces and constructions. He has also created knowledge. Herein resides his deep influence: not in forms to be copied, but through the paths that have been opened by his research and discoveries," says the Jury.

"His contributions to the field of architecture are not only skilled and talented, but also generous. For his visionary ideas, inquiring mind, belief in freely sharing knowledge and inventions, his collaborative spirit and concern for the careful use of resources, the 2015 Pritzker Architecture Prize is awarded to Frei Otto."

Though he sadly passed away before the award ceremony, Otto was informed of his win by the Pritzker Prize's Executive Director Martha Thorne, who traveled to his home in Warmbronn to inform him of his prize. Speaking shortly after her visit, he said: "I am now so happy to receive this Pritzker Prize and I thank the jury and the Pritzker family very much. I have never done anything to gain this prize. My architectural drive was to design new types of buildings to help poor people especially following natural disasters and catastrophes... You have here a happy man."

Read the Jury’s full citation after the break… 

Diplomatic Club Heart Tent, 1980, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia . Image © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn The 1967 International and Universal Exposition or Expo 67, 1967, Montreal, Canada . Image © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn Hall at the International Garden Exhibition, 1963, Hamburg, Germany . Image © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn Roofing for main sports facilities in the Munich Olympic Park for the 1972 Summer Olympics, 1968–1972, Munich, Germany . Image © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn +13

Summer House in Syros / block722

10:00 - 11 March, 2015
Summer House in Syros  / block722, © Ioanna Roufopoulou
© Ioanna Roufopoulou

© Erieta Attali © Ioanna Roufopoulou © Ioanna Roufopoulou © Ioanna Roufopoulou +14

Competition Entry: WE architecture and CREO ARKITEKTER A/S' Proposal for New Medical Center Moscow

09:00 - 11 March, 2015
Competition Entry: WE architecture and CREO ARKITEKTER A/S' Proposal for New Medical Center Moscow, Courtesy of WE architecture
Courtesy of WE architecture

WE architecture and CREO ARKITEKTER A/S have won one of three prizes in the first phase of an invited competition to design a new Moscow Medical Center. Combining the functionalism of today's healthcare with the humanistic qualities of past architecture, the proposal introduces a facility fine-tuned for those inside.

Learn more about the proposal, after the break.

Courtesy of WE architecture Courtesy of WE architecture Courtesy of WE architecture Courtesy of WE architecture +8

Video: Frei Otto's German Pavilion at Expo 67

06:00 - 11 March, 2015

Last night German architect Frei Otto was selected as the 2015 Pritzker Prize Laureate, the second German to win the award and the first to receive the award posthumously. The video above shows the impressive construction process of Otto’s German Pavilion at the 1967 International and Universal Exposition in Montreal (although unfortunately without sound).

Covering an area of 8,000 square meters, the pavilion featured a large, steel mesh web suspended over eight steel masts, which were located at irregular intervals and supported by anchored cables located outside of the structure.  A transparent polyester fabric was then placed over the mesh roof, creating a tent.  The whole construction took only six weeks. 

Jiřičná, Meier And Pawson Appointed To Design Residential Development Near Prague

04:00 - 11 March, 2015
Jiřičná, Meier And Pawson Appointed To Design Residential Development Near Prague, Proposal: John Pawson (Chateau Aerial View). Image Courtesy of Oaks Prague
Proposal: John Pawson (Chateau Aerial View). Image Courtesy of Oaks Prague

Three practices have been appointed to the design team for Oaks Prague, a new rural residential development located in the commune of Popivičky, close to the city of Prague. John Pawson, Richard Meier + Partners and Eva Jiřičná with AI-Design have drawn up design proposals for key buildings for the scheme, which is managed by the Czech development company Arendon. In November last year, ten practices were shortlisted in a competition to design housing schemes for the €400 million, 220-home "residential and lifestyle development" in Popivičky.

The entire development, which has previously been master-planned by EDSA assisted by Chapman Taylor and John Thompson & Partners, "responds to the form, layout and vernacular of the surrounding Czech villages."

Bambou Pavillion / Koffi & Diabaté Architectes

04:00 - 11 March, 2015
© François-Xavier Gbré
© François-Xavier Gbré

© François-Xavier Gbré © François-Xavier Gbré © François-Xavier Gbré © François-Xavier Gbré +18

Hidden Locker Rooms / MU Architecture + Ateliers Les Particules

03:00 - 11 March, 2015
Hidden Locker Rooms / MU Architecture + Ateliers Les Particules, © David Foessel
© David Foessel

© David Foessel © David Foessel © David Foessel © David Foessel +11

Park and House / tonoma

23:00 - 10 March, 2015
Park and House / tonoma, Courtesy of tonoma
Courtesy of tonoma

Courtesy of tonoma Courtesy of tonoma Courtesy of tonoma Courtesy of tonoma +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Japan
  • Project Year

    2014

Yue Restaurant / PANORAMA

21:00 - 10 March, 2015
Yue Restaurant / PANORAMA, © Ng Siu Fung
© Ng Siu Fung

© Ng Siu Fung © Ng Siu Fung © Ng Siu Fung © Ng Siu Fung +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Design Team

    Horace Pan, Nick Wong, Kenny Hung
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

The Skewed House / LIJO.RENY.architects

20:00 - 10 March, 2015
The Skewed House / LIJO.RENY.architects, © Praveen Mohandas
© Praveen Mohandas

© Praveen Mohandas © Praveen Mohandas © Praveen Mohandas © Praveen Mohandas +43

The Corner / Bower Architecture

18:00 - 10 March, 2015
The Corner / Bower Architecture, © Shannon McGrath
© Shannon McGrath

© Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Jade Vidal
  • Design Team

    Jade Vidal, Chema Bould, Anna Dutton, Ben Shields, Rose Heeley
  • Area

    460.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Mei and Felixx Propose Housing for Postwar Residential Area in Munich

16:00 - 10 March, 2015
Mei and Felixx Propose Housing for Postwar Residential Area in Munich , © Team Mei and Felixx
© Team Mei and Felixx

The largest housing association in Munich, GEWOFAG has awarded Mei Architects & Planners and Felixx Landscape Architects & Planners one of three prizes for their proposal to redevelop of a residential area of 340 dwellings around the Ludlstrasse in Munich.

"It is refreshing to see how the Dutch have dealt with this design task," says the jury in regards to the team's community-centric, winning scheme. "The Dutch are one step further in thinking about how neighborhoods should function."

More about their winning entry "Neue Nachbarschaften," after the break.

Esbjerg Beach Promenade & Sailing Club / Spektrum Arkitekter, Sofie Willems, Nathan Romero, Joan Raun, Stine Christiansen, Kira Snowman

16:00 - 10 March, 2015
Esbjerg Beach Promenade & Sailing Club / Spektrum Arkitekter, Sofie Willems, Nathan Romero, Joan Raun, Stine Christiansen, Kira Snowman, © Asger Simonsen
© Asger Simonsen

© Asger Simonsen © Asger Simonsen © Asger Simonsen © Asger Simonsen +27

ADEPT Wins Competition to Design "Small Piece" of Flensburg

14:00 - 10 March, 2015
ADEPT Wins Competition to Design "Small Piece" of Flensburg , The green interior courtyard. Image Courtesy of ADEPT
The green interior courtyard. Image Courtesy of ADEPT

ADEPT has won a competition to design a new city gate in the German city of Flensburg along Bahnhofstrasse - a central urban axis leading to the city’s main station. Designed as a “small piece of the city,” the winning proposal adapts itself to the existing typology by combining different types of “facade expressions” that creates a “playful synergy between new and old.”

“The proposal gives us a unique chance to transform and influence our future city at a very high level of quality and creativity - Bahnhofstrasse can really become a real and vibrant piece of city,” says the client.