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Pritzker Prize 2019: The Latest Architecture and News

The City in the Air by Arata Isozaki

04:00 - 8 March, 2019
The City in the Air by Arata Isozaki, © The Pritzker Architecture Prize
© The Pritzker Architecture Prize

Arata Isozaki, the Japanese architect and winner of the Pitzker Prize 2019, is not only renowned for his fruitful portfolio of works built all over the world (more than a hundred) but also for his continuous input to the theory of urbanism, including texts and proposals. 

It is precisely in the field of urbanism, that he developed one of his most interesting non-built projects: the futurist master plan, known as City in the Air, in the Shinjuku neighborhood in Tokyo, Japan.

Arata Isozaki's Palladium Nighclub Through the Lens of Timothy Hursley

10:30 - 7 March, 2019
Arata Isozaki's Palladium Nighclub Through the Lens of Timothy Hursley, © Timothy Hursley
© Timothy Hursley

In May 1985, an old theater and concert hall opened its doors to the public for the opening of a brand new nightclub in New York City. Located on 126 East 14th Street, the project was commissioned by entrepreneurs Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, owners of the also famous club Studio 54, and was conceived as a vibrant and luminous independent structure arranged inside a rather classic shell, which appears as a beautiful backdrop behind the clean geometry of Isozaki.

As The New York Times pointed out in its May 20, 1985 edition: 'Arata Isozaki is at once a great eminence of Japanese architecture and a source of some of its freshest thinking. And all sides of Mr. Isozaki are visible in the Palladium'.

© Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley + 14

Why Arata Isozaki won the Pritzker Prize 2019

09:32 - 7 March, 2019

Named 2019 Pritzker Prize Laureate, Japanese architect Arata Isozaki is incredibly prolific and influential among his contemporaries. Deeply aligned with the period of change and reinvention that Japan experimented after Second World War and Allied Occupation, Isozaki has developed a solid career on a truly global scale, avoiding being labeled in a specific style throughout his life.

A Selection of the Best Instagram Photos from Arata Isozaki's Work

10:00 - 5 March, 2019
A Selection of the Best Instagram Photos from Arata Isozaki's Work, Instgaram User @reopiiino
Instgaram User @reopiiino

2019 Pritzker Laureate Arata Isozaki has been designing for more than half a century; several of his works are considered architectural classics due to their influence and impact on international design.

His work combines a number of styles, from vernacular to high tech  and organic to brutalist, giving his projects a sculptural and undeniably photogenic appearance. With such richness in design, it is perhaps no wonder that people around the world are excited to photograph his work.

We've selected 23 of the most beautiful photos of Isozaki's work posted to Instagram by users across the globe. Our selection, after the break:

Who is Arata Isozaki? 20 Things to Know About the 2019 Pritzker Laureate

10:00 - 5 March, 2019
Who is Arata Isozaki? 20 Things to Know About the 2019 Pritzker Laureate, © PLANE SITE
© PLANE SITE

The prolific and varied career of 2019 Pritzker Laureate Arata Isozaki, which includes more than 100 works built on virtually every continent, gives us a huge amount of facts that are relevant to understanding his life and architecture. Considered the first Japanese architect to develop his work on a truly global scale, Isozaki took special care to respond to the context and the specific requirements of each project, expanding the heterogeneity of his work and resulting in a variety of styles from vernacular to high tech.

See below 20 fascinating facts that illuminate his particular genius:

The Definitive Works of 2019 Pritzker Prize Winner Arata Isozaki

10:00 - 5 March, 2019
The Definitive Works of 2019 Pritzker Prize Winner Arata Isozaki, © Nelson Garrido. ImageQatar National Convention Centre
© Nelson Garrido. ImageQatar National Convention Centre

Today, Japanese architect and theorist Arata Isozaki was announced the winner of this year’s Pritzker Prize, the most highly regarded award in the world of architecture. Since the 60’s, Isozaki has been showing outstanding innovative ideas in his works, influencing eastern professionals with the forward-thinking approach that takes its roots from Japan. The 87-year-old architect boasts multiple built projects of different scales all over the world — from Tokyo and Shanghai, to Barcelona and Qatar. Let’s take a look at the immense list of Arata Isozaki’s projects and recreate the architects' professional development path since his very first works.

© Alessandra Chemollo. ImageALLIANZ Tower Ice Kraków Congress Centre. Image Courtesy of Ingarden & Ewý Architects + Arata Isozaki & Associates Nara Centennial Hall. Image © Hisao Suzuki Palau Sant Jordi. Image © Hisao Suzuki + 17

Arata Isozaki Named 2019 Pritzker Prize Laureate

10:00 - 5 March, 2019
Arata Isozaki Named 2019 Pritzker Prize Laureate, Courtesy of Image: Pritzker. Collage: ArchDaily by Danae Santibáñez
Courtesy of Image: Pritzker. Collage: ArchDaily by Danae Santibáñez

Arata Isozaki has been named the 2019 laureate of the Pritzker Prize for Architecture. Isozaki, who has been practicing architecture since the 1960s, has long been considered an architectural visionary for his transnational and fearlessly futurist approach to design. With well over 100 built works to his name, Isozaki is also incredibly prolific and influential among his contemporaries. Isozaki is the 49th architect and eighth Japanese architect to receive the honor.

Said the jury of Isozaki in the award citation: “...in his search for meaningful architecture, he created buildings of great quality that to this day defy categorizations, reflect his constant evolution, and are always fresh in their approach.”

© Hisao Suzuki © Hisao Suzuki © Yasuhiro Ishimoto © Hisao Suzuki + 11