Key projects
by Toyo Ito

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Slideshow feature: here is a selection of key buildings by Japanese architect Toyo Ito, who was announced as 2013 Pritzker Prize winner yesterday.

Throughout his career, which has spanned over four decades, Ito has experimented with a wide variety of forms such as the ribbed structure of the large multipurpose Dome in Odate and the undulating white roof of the Meiso no Mori Municipal Funeral Hall, both in his native country. "I will never fix my architectural style and never be satisfied with my works," he said in response to the announcement yesterday.

His more recent projects include the vaulted concrete Tama Art University Library completed in 2007 and the sculptural Za-Koenji Public Theatre finished in 2009, both in Tokyo.

Ito curated the Japanese pavilion at last year's Venice Architecture Biennale, which presented alternative housing concepts following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and was awarded best pavilion at the event.

He was announced as the Pritzker Prize laureate last night and will receive the $100,000 prize and a bronze medallion in a ceremony on 29 May in Boston - find out more here.

See all our stories about architecture and design by Toyo Ito »

  • jef

    White U House: the best of Ito.

    • Christine

      Yes, but there’s a story behind the U house: it was built for a widow and her kids to mourn the death of her husband. You can’t make it more singular.

  • marc

    Especially if the widow is Ito’s sister.