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Toyo Ito awarded 2013 Pritzker Prize


Toyo Ito is the winner of the Pritzker Prize 2013. After Renzo Piano, Tadao Ando and Zaha Hadid, the Japanese architect was awarded the prize, after being the winner of last summer’s Venice Biennale 2013, as curator of the Japanese pavilion Home for All.

The architecture is linked to different social constraints. I have always designed keeping in mind that it was possible to create spaces more comfortable, if we are free from the constraints. In any case, when a building is completed, I become terribly aware of my inadequacy that is transformed into energy to meet the challenge of the next project“says Toyo Ito.

Toyo Ito is the sixth Japanese architect to be awarded with this prestigious award, after Kenzo Tange 1087, Fumihiko Maki in 1993, Tadao Ando in 1995, and the team of Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa in 2010, a clear sign of the fundamental role played by Japanese architecture in the international arena.

During his career Toyo Ito has been able to produce a series of works that combine conceptual innovation and superb execution of the works. Creating exceptional architectures for more than 40 years, has successfully implemented libraries, houses, parks, theatres, showrooms, offices and halls, each time trying to extend the possibilities of architecture. A unique professional talent, devoting himself to the process of discovery that allows you to discover the opportunities that reside in every tasks and in every place” so the jury describes the work of the Japanese architect.







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