2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate: Toyo Ito

JA+U: 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate: Toyo Ito © Shinkenchiku-sha

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Tokyo-based architect Toyo Ito was announced as the laureate of 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize.

71 year old architect is known internationally for his work such as Sendai Mediatheque in Miyagi Prefecture, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2002, Tama Art University Library, and more recently, recovery projects in Tohoku region.

JA+U: 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate: Toyo Ito © Yoshiaki Tsutsui

Portrait by Yoshiaki Tsutsui, courtesy of architect

The Hyatt Foundation – the sponsor of the prize – shared with us the comment from the architect:

Architecture is bound by various social constraints. I have been designing architecture bearing in mind that it would be possible to realize more comfortable spaces if we are freed from all the restrictions even for a little bit. However, when one building is completed, I become painfully aware of my own inadequacy, and it turns into energy to challenge the next project. Probably this process must keep repeating itself in the future.

Therefore, I will never fix my architectural style and never be satisfied with my works.

JA+U: 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate: Toyo Ito © Shinkenchiku-sha

Sumika Pavilion

Below is the comment from the jury:

Throughout his career, Toyo Ito has been able to produce a body of work that combines conceptual innovation with superbly executed buildings. Creating outstanding architecture for more than 40 years, he has successfully undertaken libraries, houses, parks, theaters, shops, office buildings and pavilions, each time seeking to extend the possibilities of architecture. A professional of unique talent, he is dedicated to the process of discovery that comes from seeing the opportunities that lie in each commission and each site.

Top photo by Ishiguro Photographic Institute, courtesy of architect