Mendes da Rocha wins Japan’s top design award

O arquiteto Paulo Mendes da Rocha. 
Foto Ana Ottoni (copyright)

Paulo Mendes da Rocha has been named the architecture laureate for the 2016 Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award from the Japan Art Association.

The architect is best known for his Brutalist buildings in Sao Paulo, Brazil, but he recently completed the National Coach Museum in Lisbon, Portugal – one of few projects outside of his native country.

Brazilian Mendes da Rocha was also awarded the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at the Venice Architecture Biennale earlier this year, and in 2006, he won the Pritzker Prize for architecture.

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He receives the 2016 Praemium Imperiale award along with American filmmaker Martin Scorsese, French sculptor Annette Messager, American photographer Cindy Sherman, and Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer.

The award – now in its 28th – year, is one of the world’s most prestigious arts prizes for architecture, painting, sculpture, music and theatre/film.

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