International architect Sou Fujimoto has been awarded the fifth Marcus Prize, an architectural prize offered worldwide to recognize architects of great significance. This award, supported by the Marcus Corporation Foundation and administered by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning, includes a cash prize to the recipient and supports a design studio at the school that will be collaboratively led by Fujimoto. He was selected from a pool of international nominees, all who were required to demonstrate at least ten years of proven, exceptional practice
The jury concluded that “Sou Fujimoto’s work is expertly crafted. His work can’t be categorized. He is unique, one of a kind, and he will no doubt make a significant contribution to the school and the city of Milwaukee through his ability to inspire the collective imaginations of the community.”
Fujimoto, based in Tokyo, Japan, is the recipient of several international awards and the youngest architect ever to be selected to design the Serpentine Gallery Summer Pavilion in London.
Serpentine Pavilion Sou Fujimoto 2013 – Detail 1
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013 – Detail 2
Considered a master of delicate structures, his work focuses on light, material and human experience, uniting simplicity with complexity and transcending a wide range of scale from furniture through architecture to landscape and urbanism. According to jury member David Marcus, “It is exciting to see an architect the caliber of Sou Fujimoto sharing his talents with Milwaukee and UW-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning.”
41 years old, Sou Fujimoto is the youngest architect to accept the invitation to design a temporary structure for the Serpentine Gallery. The most ambitious worldwide architectural programme of its kind, the Serpentine’s annual Pavilion commission is one of the most anticipated announcements on the cultural calendar. Past Pavilions have included designs by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei (2012), Frank Gehry, the late Oscar Niemeyer in 2003 and Zaha Hadid, who designed the inaugural structure in 2000.
Widely acknowledged as one of the most important architects coming to prominence worldwide, Sou Fujimoto is the leading light of an exciting generation of artists who are re-inventing our relationship with the built environment. Inspired by organic structures, such as the forest, the nest and the cave, Fujimoto’s signature buildings inhabit a space between nature and artificiality. Fujimoto has completed the majority of his buildings in Japan, with commissions ranging from the domestic, such as House N, to the institutional, such as the Musashino Art Museum and Library at Musashino Art University.
Primitive Future – Sou Fujimoto
Describing his design concept, Sou Fujimoto said:
“For the 2013 Pavilion I propose an architectural landscape: a transparent terrain that encourages people to interact with and explore the site in diverse ways. Within the pastoral context of Kensington Gardens, I envisage the vivid greenery of the surrounding plant life woven together with a constructed geometry. A new form of environment will be created, where the natural and the man-made merge; not solely architectural nor solely natural, but a unique meeting of the two“.
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013 by Sou Fujimoto-Exterior Indicative-CGI-©-Sou-Fujimoto-Architects