Toyo Ito wins the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize

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Museum of Architecture (images via: archdaily)

Yesterday it was announced that Japanese architect Toyo Ito will receive the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize, which is often called architecture’s Nobel Prize as it is the most highly regarding architectural prize in the world.

Toyo Ito’s work is universal and timeless. Although his buildings are all very different in style and they respond perfectly to their context, a sense of calmness and tranquility present in all of his buildings. Toyo Ito’s overall work has been praised for its fluidity, beauty and balance between the physical and virtual world but I find his following quote typifies his architectural ethos:

“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.”

Here is a selection of my favorite buildings by Toyo Ito.

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Mikimoto 2 (images via: openbuildings)

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Tama Art Univesity Library (images via: openbuildings)

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Za Koenji Public Theatre (images via: openbuildings)

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Ken Iwata Mother and Child Museum (images via: openbuildings)

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