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Pritzker Architecture Prize winner for the last three years

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2013 by vincentloy

Pritzker Architecture Prize is awarded annually to honour “a living architect 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.” It is founded in 1979 and is often referred to as Nobel Prize in architecture, hence symbolizing the prestige and top honour of receiving this award. I’m now dreaming of whether in future I could have the chance to win this architecture’s highest honor. It’s something very hard to achieve, but I will try my best.

Notable former recipients of this award are Philip Johnson, Sir James Stirling, I.M. Pei, Richard Meier, Kenzo Tange, Oscar Niemeyer, Frank Gehry, Robert Venturi, Tadao Ando, Renzo Piano, Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas, Herzog and de Meuron, Glenn Murcutt, Jorn Utzon, Zaha Hadid, Richard Rogers, Jean Nouvel, Peter Zumthor, etc. I recalled the last time I wrote about this award was in 2010, when Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA) won it for that year. Now, it’s time to highlight the recipients of this award from 2011 to 2013.

2011’s winner of Pritzker Prize is Eduardo Souto de Moura from Portugal. The prize was awarded for his work including Estádio Municipal de Braga (image shown below), the Burgo Tower in Porto and the Paula Rego Museum in Cascais. His buildings have a unique ability to convey seemingly conflicting characteristics—power and modesty, bravado and subtlety, bold public authority and sense of intimacy—at the same time. His design reinforces a sense of history while expanding the range of contemporary expression through beauty and authenticity of materials and construction.

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2012’s winner is Wang Shu from China. He is the first Chinese to win Pritzker Prize (second winner of Chinese descent after I.M. Pei).  His win is generally due to his “unique ability to evoke the past, without making direct references to history” and called his work “timeless, deeply rooted in its context and yet universal”. His architecture has been described as “opening new horizons while at the same time resonates with place and memory”, experimental, and as a rare example of critical regionalism in China. His notable works are Ningbo Museum (image shown below), Library of Wenzheng College, Xiangshan campus of the China Academy of Art and Old Town Conservation of Zhongshan Street, Hangzhou.

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The most recent winner of this Pritzker Prize for year 2013 goes to Toyo Ito from Japan. Unlike the previous two award recipients, Toyo is more popular and known for creating conceptual architecture, in which he seeks to simultaneously express the physical and virtual worlds. He is a leading exponent of architecture that addresses the contemporary notion of a “simulated” city, and has been called “one of the world’s most innovative and influential architects.”  Ito has defined architecture as “clothing” for urban dwellers, particularly in the contemporary Japanese metropolis. This theme revolves around the equilibrium between the private life and the metropolitan, “public” life of an individual. The current architecture of Toyo Ito is aggressively exploring the potentials of new forms. In doing so, he seeks to find new spatial conditions that manifest the philosophy of borderless beings. His notable works are Sendai Mediatheque (image shown below), Bruges Pavilion, VivoCity Singapore, Tod’s Omotesando Building, Kaohsiung’s World Games Stadium, Taoyuan International Airport,  Torre Realia BCN and Hotel Porta Fira at Barcelona.

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(All information and images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web).

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Famous Architectural Pieces in the World

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 20, 2009 by vincentloy

Buildings – a lot, just mention few skyscrapers here…

Taipei 101 – current world tallest building (Burj Dubai not completed yet)

Shanghai World Financial Center – very simple but interesting form, distinctive looking aperture on top.

Petronas Twin Towers – current world tallest twin buildings, engineering marvel on its skybridge 170m above ground.

Bank of China Tower – can be known as first skyscraper of Asia.

etc…

Stadium – Surely the Beijing National Stadium, commonly known as the Bird Nest Stadium.

Bridge – Golden Gate Bridge, always appear in Hollywood movies especially when the movie sets on San Francisco.

Museum – Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, the form looks interesting and contrast to the surrounding.

Tower – CN Tower, the former world tallest free standing structure…

Theater – Let me choose two, …

Sydney Opera House, icon of Sydney and Australia.

Beijing National Theater, commonly known as the Egg Shell, looks very modern, going into the building through underground tunnel.

Airport – Beijing Capital International Airport Terminal Three, design based on the legendary dragon, very huge.

Ancient building – The Forbidden City, world largest existing imperial palace, Chinese architecture.

Project (Under construction): Burj Dubai. (world tallest man made stucture)

What I have stated above is the famous architectural structures in the world…not the greatest…for greatest,  it is hardly to say, depends on anyone thoughts…feel free to comment….

All the list above only deals with built structures except the category of Project (Under Construction).

Here you can see the beauty of architecture!

Behind it let us appreciate the architects,

who tried so hard with full effort in designing these,

For all to see and for all to admire,

This is really making the Earth a world of beauty!