Eduardo Souto de Moura Wins 2011 Pritzker Prize (Updated)

Apartment Building in Maia, Portugal (Courtesy El Croquis)

Apartment Building in Maia, Portugal (Courtesy El Croquis)

Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura has won the 2011 Pritzker Prize, according to several reports. The Porto-based architect worked for the country’s other Pritzker winner, Alvaro Siza, but has had a prolific career on his own since opening his office in 1980. Not widely known outside Portugal, Souto de Moura designed the new stadium in Braga in 2004, which, like much of his work, has strong, highly legible forms. There he blasted granite from the site that was later crushed to make concrete for the building.

“During the past three decades, Eduardo Souto de Moura has produced a body of work that is of our time but also carries echoes of architectural traditions,” jury chair Lord Palumbo said in a statement. “His buildings have the unique ability to convey seemingly conflicting characteristics–power and modesty, bravado and subtlety, both public authority and a sense of intimacy–at the same time.”

Block of Flats in Porto, Portugal (Courtesy El Croquis)

Block of Flats in Porto, Portugal (Courtesy El Croquis)

 

Metro Station in Porto, Portugal (Courtesy El Croquis)

Metro Station in Porto, Portugal (Courtesy El Croquis)

Moledo House, Caminha, Portugal (Courtesy El Croquis)

Moledo House, Caminha, Portugal (Courtesy El Croquis)

Courtyard Houses in Porto, Portugal (Courtesy El Croquis)

Courtyard Houses in Porto, Portugal (Courtesy El Croquis)

Braga Municipal Stadium, Braga, Portugal (Courtesy El Croquis)

Braga Municipal Stadium, Braga, Portugal (Courtesy El Croquis)

One Response to “Eduardo Souto de Moura Wins 2011 Pritzker Prize (Updated)”

  1. Kiernan Quinn says:

    I wrote a book on Flushness in 1999/2000 when I was working on sustainable pre-fabricated system and studying the Danish History of housing which is similar to your Types shown. In Guam, I met up with John Setiadi and found he enjoyed the breeze-filled open plan that you show in Portugal. I remember studying that issue in Alvaro Siza and the California Movement of the 1950’s Ranch Homes and Cliff Houses. Many over-look that issue and ignore it in time. Perhaps you should chat with John about that style: he is from Indonesia and complained that the US focuses on specific Islands for sponsoring culture and since your work is what we call the “Spouting whale of history” perhaps he would show you his view and their view. In my case, being shunned by MIT as the #1 grad when MIT rocketed from #5 to #1 in rankings when Stan and Bill Mitchell split up my studio work and submitted it to the committee in other people’s name for the spot, I realized what John articulated that the US is the most bigoted environment in the world focused on re-issueing wealth and posterity to their special club leaving no means to get their: kill, substitution of rights, theft of rights, genocide and screens of propaganda. Well, thanks for getting some history built with your spin.

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