Christian de Portzamparc, 2018 Praemium Imperiale Award

Christian de Portzamparc. Photograph © Japan Art Association / The Sankei Shimbun
12/07/2018
Christian de Portzamparc, 2018 Praemium Imperiale Award
30th Praemium Imperiale. Japan Art Association [Tokyo] Japan
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Christian de Portzamparc. Photograph © Japan Art Association / The Sankei Shimbun
The Japan Art Association today announced the laureates of its prestigious Praemium Imperiale Award, and architect Christian de Portzamparc is this year's top honoree in the Architecture category.
French architect Christian de Portzamparc has been awarded the 2018 Praemium Imperiale award for architecture by the Japan Art Association.
 
Christian de Portzamparc is a leading French architect and urban planner, who was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize at the age of 50 as the first French winner. His imaginative architectural style is known for its distinctive features such as bold designs, an artistic approach and the creativity that comes from him also as a watercolor painter. He is especially esteemed as a designer of concert halls. He studied architecture in Paris and New York, and became famous for his work in President Mitterrand’s project called the City of Music (1995). This project was a large scale project which involved creating music halls of different sizes, a music museum and many dwelling places. His important works include NexusⅡ (1991) , an residential complex in Fukuoka, LVMH Tower (1991), a skyscraper of New York, Philharmonie Luxembourg (2005), City of Arts (2013), a cultural complex in Rio de Janeiro, and Paris La Défense Arena (2017 ), an indoor stadium in Nanterre, on the outskirts of Paris. Currently he is engaged in a large scale project in China, Suzhou Cultural Center, scheduled to be completed in 2019.
 
The 5 recipients are as follows:

Pierre Alechinsky            Painting

Fujiko Nakaya                Sculpture

Christian Portzamparc    Architecture

Riccardo Muti                  Music

Catherine Deneuve        Theatre/Film


The list of previous Praemium Imperiale Award winners in the Architecture category includes Kenzo Tange, Tadao Ando, Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, Norman Foster, Alvaro Siza, Peter Zumthor, Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, and more recently, Rafael MoneoPaulo Mendes da RochaDominique Perrault, Steven Holl, and David Chipperfield or Ricardo Legorreta.

Christian de Portzamparc, 2018 Laureate of Architecture. Video via Praemium Imperiale on YouTube.
Hotel Renaissance Arc de Triomphe, Paris, 2009. Photograph © Japan Art Association / The Sankei ShimbunCorridor of City of Music, Paris, 1995. Photograph © Japan Art Association / The Sankei ShimbunAt his studio ”Portzamparc”, Paris, 2018. Photograph © Japan Art Association / The Sankei ShimbunHotel Renaissance Arc de Triomphe, Paris, 2009. Photograph © Japan Art Association / The Sankei ShimbunPhilharmonie Luxembourg, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, 2005. Photograph © Japan Art Association / The Sankei ShimbunChamber music hall of Philharmonie Luxembourg, 2005. Photograph © Japan Art Association / The Sankei ShimbunOne 57 Tower by Atelier Christian de Portzamparc. Photograph © Wade ZimmermanFujiko Nakaya. Photograph © Japan Art Association / The Sankei ShimbunFujiko Nakaya. Photograph © Japan Art Association / The Sankei ShimbunPepsi Pavilion, EXPO ’70, Osaka, Courtesy of Fujiko Nakaya.Foggy Forest, 1992, Children’s Forest, Showa Kinen Park, Tachikawa, Tokyo, Courtesy of Fujiko NakayaLondon Fog, 2017, „BMW Tate Live Exhibition: Ten Days Six Nights,” Tate Modern, London, Dance; Min Tanaka, Light: Shiro Takatani, Courtesy of Fujiko NakayaGlacial Fogfall - Greenland, 2017-18, Ginza Maison Hermès Le Forum, Tokyo, Courtesy of Fujiko Nakaya, Video: Noriko KoshidaPierre Alechinsky. Photograph © Japan Art Association / The Sankei ShimbunPierre Alechinsky in his studio in Bougival near Paris 2018. Photograph © Japan Art Association / The Sankei ShimbunPierre Alechinsky. Decoration of the Salon of the Ministry of Culture, Paris, 1985. Photograph © Japan Art Association / The Sankei ShimbunRiccardo Muti. Photograph  Todd Rosenberg Courtesy of RMMusic – www.riccardomutimusic.comRiccardo Muti. With the  Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Salzburg, 2011. Photograph Todd Rosenberg Courtesy of RM Music - www.riccardomutimusic.comCatherine Deneuve. Photograph by Carole Bellaiche / H&KShakespeare Schools Foundation. Ruth Brock, Chief Executive. Photograph courtesy of SSFGRANT FOR YOUNG ARTISTS: Shakespeare Schools Foundation. Photograph courtesy of SSFGRANT FOR YOUNG ARTISTS: Shakespeare Schools Foundation. Photograph courtesy of SSF

DE PORTZAMPARC

Christian de Portzamparc, born in Casablanca in 1944, is an architect and urban planner. He graduated from the Paris School of Fine Arts in 1969 and set up his agency, the Atelier Christian de Portzamparc, in 1980. Based in Paris, France, the Atelier is a global operation with a close-knit team of 100 employees who enjoy positive working relatio...read more

Nakaya

Fujiko Nakaya was born in Sapporo, Japan in 1933. Her father, Ukichiro Nakaya, a physicist credited with making the first artificial snowflakes, had an impact on her work and, as a young art student, she became interested in working with cloud-like forms. In 1970, at the World Expo in Osaka, Japan, Nakaya created the world’s first fog sculpture ...read more