For the second consecutive year, another Japanese architect bagged the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Award for 2014. 56-year old Shigeru Ban, known for his modernist and airy designs and humanitarian efforts took home the award along with a $100,000 prize. Ban is the thirdarchitect from the country to win the award for the past five years. Japan’s Toyo Ito won the award last year.
Economical and breezy designs distinguish the works of Ban. His design on the Center Pompidou museum in Metz, France used latticework to support the undulating white roof with materials sourced locally. In a statement issued by Pritzker jury chairman Peter Palumbo, he said, “Shigeru Ban is a force of nature, which is entirely appropriate in the light of his voluntary work for the homeless and dispossessed in areas that have been devastated by natural disasters.” Further adding that, “He also ticks the several boxes for qualification to the Architectural Pantheon – a profound knowledge of his subject with a particular emphasis on cutting-edge materials and technology; total curiosity and commitment; endless innovation; an infallible eye; an acute sensibility – to name but a few.”… see more