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Hotel WIND / TEAM BLDG

01:00 - 23 December, 2013
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  • Architects

    TEAM BLDG
  • Location

    Xiamen, Fujian, China
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Xiao Lei, Wang Jin
  • Collaborators

    Chen Leeyang, Wang Qi, Zhang Tao, Jin Kuramoto, Ishibashi Tadahito, Tetsu Miyazawa, Shigenori Ichimura
  • Construction

    Chens’ Constructing
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

2013 Pritzker Prize: Toyo Ito

01:00 - 19 March, 2013
Portrait of Toyo Ito © Yoshiaki Tsutsui
Portrait of Toyo Ito © Yoshiaki Tsutsui

“Although Mr. Ito has built a great number of buildings in his career, in my view, he has been working on one project all along, -- to push the boundaries of architecture. And to achieve that goal, he is not afraid of letting go what he has accomplished before.” -- Yung Ho Chang, Member of the Pritzker Jury for 2013

Toyo Ito has been announced as the Pritzker laureate for 2013. Ito is the thirty-seventh recipient of the Pritzker Prize and its sixth Japanese recipient.

The Pritzker jury applauded Ito for his ability to synthesize many architectural languages and functionalities in the expression of one personal “syntax,” inspired by the organic structures found in nature and the sensual nature of the human user. 

Calling him a “creator of timeless buildings,” the Pritzker Jury further praised Ito for “infusing his designs with a spiritual dimension and for the poetics that transcend all his works.” Among those works, the Jury singled out his Sendai Mediatheque, whose innovative use of structural tubes “permitted new interior spatial qualities,” TOD’S Omotesando building in Tokyo, “where the building skin also serves as structure,” and Tokyo’s Tama Art University Library as particularly inspiring.

In response to the accolade, the highest award in the profession of architecture, Ito humbly expressed that, with each project, he only becomes more “painfully aware of [his] inadequacy, and it turns into energy to challenge the next project.” For that reason, Ito professed, “I will never fix my architectural style and never be satisfied with my works.”

Read more of the Jury’s selection of Toyo Ito as the 2013 Pritzker Laureate, after the break...

The Life and Work of Toyo Ito, 2013 Pritzker Laureate

00:00 - 17 March, 2013
© Yoshiaki Tsutsui
© Yoshiaki Tsutsui

Until his third year of high school, Toyo Ito’s passion was not architecture, but baseball.

Fortunately for us all (and almost assuredly for the Pritzker laureate himself), he soon switched career paths.

Born in Seoul in 1941, Ito moved to Japan at the tender age of two. From the age of 12 (when his father died) to the time he went to University, Ito was part of the family business: making miso (bean paste). However, upon attending The University of Tokyo from 1965-1969, architecture became his life work. 

Read more on the life and work of Toyo Ito, the 2013 Pritzker Laureate, after the break...

Tama Art University Library. Image © Iwan Baan. Sendai Mediathique. Image © Nacasa & Partners. 2002 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. Image © Sylvain Deleu White U, one of Ito's first works. Image © Koji Taki + 8

My Boon / Jaklitsch - Gardner Architects PC

01:00 - 15 December, 2012
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Stephan Jaklitsch, Mark Gardner, Christopher Kitterman, Mariana Renjifo, Bjarke Ballisager, Margaux Schindler, Liz Kelsey
  • Architect

    Kukbo Design
  • Collaborator

    Milan Vukmirovic
  • Area

    622.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

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Breeze / ARTechnic Architects

01:00 - 8 November, 2012
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Category

  • Structural Engineer

    Naomi Kitayama, NAO
  • Constructor

    Hiroshi, Satohide
  • Client

    Daizawa Court
  • Area

    520.86 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

T-Site / Klein Dytham Architecture

01:00 - 7 November, 2012
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Rosie House / ARTechnic architects

01:00 - 19 October, 2012
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Aiji Inoue / Doyle Collection

00:00 - 11 April, 2012
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  • Architects

    Doyle Collection - Aiji Inoue, Yuki Kanai
  • Location

    Kagoshima, Japan
  • Category

  • Collaborators

    Tully's Coffee Japan
  • Seats

    75 seats
  • Area

    161.9 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Hoki Museum / Nikken Sekkei

01:00 - 9 January, 2012
Hoki Museum / Nikken Sekkei, © Noda Gankohsha
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  • Architects

     T.Yamanashi + T.Nakamoto + T.Suzuki + M.Yano, Nikken Sekkei Ltd. 
  • Location

    Midori Ward, Chiba, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Category

  • Client

    Hoki Museum Co., Ltd.
  • Photographs

House in Kaga / AE5 partners

00:00 - 17 October, 2011
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  • Architects

    AE5 partners / Hidenari Arai, Stefano Tozzi
  • Location

    Kaga-shi, Japan
  • Category

  • Area

    84.64 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Nan Gallery / AZL architects

00:00 - 16 May, 2011
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  • Architects

    AZL architects
  • Location

    Nanjing Railway Station, 264号 Longpan Road, Xuanwu, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China, 210037
  • Category

  • Project Team

    Zhang Lei, You Shaoping, Yuan Zhongwei
  • Area

    230.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

MIXX Bar & Lounge / Curiosity

00:00 - 17 December, 2010
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Kanebo Sensai / Curiosity

01:00 - 11 February, 2010
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