Toyo Ito

Pritzker Architecture Prize


In his four-decade career, Toyo Ito, 71, has stubbornly resisted aesthetic dogma, embracing whatever forms and materials that best served his goal of reconciling the public and the private, the individual and the communal. And unlike so many architects who preen over their finished work, the Japanese architect says completing a building only makes him "painfully aware of my own inadequacy." "Therefore," Ito said after receiving his profession's highest honor, "I will never fix my architectural style and never be satisfied with my works." But at least one building does satisfy him: the Sendai Mediatheque, a glass-walled public library supported...

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