Global arts prize for French architect

Global arts prize for French architect

Global arts prize for French architect

The Japan Art Association has named the noted French architect and urban planner Dominique Perrault as the winner of a Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award for 2015. Lauded for his wildly imaginative, abstractly minimal designs, Dominique is known for masterfully blending innovative works with their context.

The prestigious global arts prize, now in its 27th year, recognises outstanding contributions to the development, promotion and progress of the arts in the fields of
architecture, painting, sculpture, music and theatre, film.

Dominique Perrault joins a small band of architects who have received the award in the past, including James Stirling, Alvaro Siza, Jean Nouvel, Zaha Hadid, David Chipperfield, Jacques Herzog and Pierre Meuron.

Dominique will receive the Japan Art Association award, along with the other four winners of this year’s Premium Imperiale Award, at a ceremony in Tokyo on October 21, 2015. Prince Hitachi, honorary patron of the Association, will present each winner with a specially designed gold medal and a 15 million yen (approximately $122,000) cash award.

Dominique, who has also won the Grand National Prize for architecture in France in 1993 and the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion Award for European Architecture in 1997, believes that architecture should not be closed on itself, with its back to the context. It should always be in resonance with the environment.

Architects should always think about their building’s place in the urban
design, and about the city as a whole.    

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