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April 13, 2009

Zumthor Picks up Pritzker Prize

Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has been awarded this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize, the highest architecture honour. The judges' citation stated: "Zumthor has a keen ability to create places that are much more than a single building. His architecture expresses respect for the primacy

By cms admin

Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has been awarded this year’s Pritzker Architecture Prize, the highest architecture honour.

The judges’ citation stated: “Zumthor has a keen ability to create places that are much more than a single building. His architecture expresses respect for the primacy of the site, the legacy of a local culture and the invaluable lessons of architectural history.”

The architect is responsible for the Kolumba Museum in Cologne, which the judges described as emerging ‘from the remains of a bombed church in the most inevitable and lyrical of ways, intertwining place and memory in an entirely new palimpsest’.

Zumthor will be presented with a medallion and a $100,000 grant at a ceremony on 29 May 2009 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The Pritzker Architecture Prize is presented once a year to a living architect.

By staff writer.

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