Arata Isozaki

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Arata Isozaki
Arata Isozaki.jpg
Arata Isozaki in 1976
Born (1931-07-23) 23 July 1931 (age 87)[1]
Oita, Japan
NationalityJapan
Alma materUniversity of Tokyo (1954)
OccupationArchitect
Awards
Buildings
  • Festival Plaza at EXPO70
  • Art Tower Mitor
  • LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art
Art Tower in Mito, Ibaraki (1990)

Arata Isozaki (磯崎 新, Isozaki Arata; born 23 July 1931) is a Japanese architect from Ōita. He was awarded the RIBA Gold Medal in 1986 and the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2019.

Biography[edit]

Isozaki completed his schooling at the Oita Prefecture Oita Uenogi High School (erstwhile Oita Junior High School). In 1954, he graduated from the University of Tokyo where he majored in Architecture and Engineering. This was followed by a doctoral program in architecture from the same university.[1] Isozaki also worked under Kenzo Tange before establishing his own firm in 1963.[1]

Isozaki's early projects were influenced by European experiences with a style mixed between "New Brutalism" a "Metabolist Architecture" (Oita Medical Hall, 1959-1960), according to Reyner Banham. His style continued to evolve with buildings such as the Fujimi Country Club (1973–74) and Kitakyushu Central Library (1973–74). Later he developed a more modernistic style with buildings such as the Art Tower of Mito (1986–90) and Domus-Casa del Hombre (1991-1995) in Galicia, Spain. In 2005, Arata Isozaki founded the Italian branch of his office, Arata Isozaki & Andrea Maffei Associates. Two major projects from this office include: the Allianz Tower CityLife office tower, a redevelopment project in the former trade fair area in Milan, and the new Town Library in Maranello, Italy.[3]

Despite designing buildings both inside and outside Japan, Isozaki has been described as an architect who refuses to be stuck in one architectural style, highlighting "how each of his designs is a specific solution born out of the project’s context."[4] Isozaki won the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2019.[5]

Awards[edit]

  • Annual Prize, Architectural Institute of Japan in 1967 and 1975[6]
  • Mainichi Art Award in 1983
  • RIBA Gold Medal in 1986[6]
  • International Award "Architecture in Stone" in 1987
  • Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1988
  • Chicago Architecture Award in 1990
  • Honor Award, the American Institute of Architects in 1992
  • RIBA Honorary Fellow in 1994
  • The ECC Award in 2012 for his Venice installation Zhongyuan.[7][8]
  • Pritzker Prize in 2019[6]

Notable works[edit]

One of his early projects, Oita Medical Hall (1959-1960), "mixed New Brutalism and Metabolist Architecture," according to one critic
Model of Isozaki's Palau Sant Jordi
Entrance to CaixaForum Barcelona (2001)
Museum of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing (2003-2008)

Current projects[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Goodwin, Dario. "Spotlight: Arata Isozaki". ArchDaily. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  2. ^ Allen, Katherine. "Arata Isozaki Named 2019 Pritzker Prize Laureate". ArchDaily. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  3. ^ Musei: Architetture 1990-2000. ISBN 978-8871791999.
  4. ^ Leardi, Lindsey. "Arata Isozaki on "Ma," the Japanese Concept of In-Between Space". ArchDaily. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  5. ^ Allen, Katherine. "Arata Isozaki Named 2019 Pritzker Prize Laureate". ArchDaily. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "2019 Pritzker Architecture Prize Media Kit" (PDF). Pritzker Architecture Prize. The Hyatt Foundation. March 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 7, 2019. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  7. ^ "ECC AWARD". www.europeanculturalcentre.eu. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  8. ^ "Time-Space-Existence in Venice". www.world-architects.com. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  9. ^ a b "AD Classics: Museum of Modern Art, Gunma / Arata Isozaki". ArchDaily.
  10. ^ L. Munuera, Ivan. "An Organism of Hedonistic Pleasures: The Palladium." Log, 41. Fall 2017
  11. ^ Frearson, Amy. "Qatar National Convention Centre by Arata Isozaki". Dezeen. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  12. ^ "D38 Office / Arata Isozaki". ArchDaily.
  13. ^ "ALLIANZ Tower / Arata Isozaki + Andrea Maffei". ArchDaily. Retrieved 4 March 2019.

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