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Alvaro Siza Vieira wins International Prize for Plastic Arts Foundation
19 Jul 2010
Cristóbal Gabarrón Award 2010
Siza Vieira awarded the Award of Plastic Arts Cristóbal Gabarrón 2010
The Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza Vieira was awarded the International Prize for Plastic Arts Foundation 2010 Gabarrón Cristobal, who wanted to distinguish ‘the teachings, the international relevance and poetic inspiration “of his work.
thumbnail photo of the architect, courtesy of RIAS
The jury’s award highlights the fact that Siza makes architecture “transparent and respectful of the environment where it fits,” praising its ability to develop a “poetic feeling to every building, by working with space and light.”
Proof of this highlights, is the building of the University of the Basque Country, which will be completed this year, the Meteorological Center of the Olympic Village in Barcelona (1992), the Galician Center for Contemporary Art in Santiago de Compostela (1993), the Rectorate of the University of Alicante (1997) and the Foundation Serralves (1999).
The award, which reaches it´s ninth edition this year, had 31 candidates competing in various countries.
This is the first of nine awards given annually by the foundation that also includes Performing Arts, Science and Research, Sports, Economics, Literature, Thought and Humanities, Restoration and Conservation and Human Path.
In previous years the prize was awarded to names like James Rosenquist (2002), Peter Eisenman (2003), Sir Anthony Caro (2004), Richard Serra (2005), Yoko Ono (2006), Markus Lüpertz (2007), Martín Chirino ( 2008) and Jan Fabre (2009).
More information can be found at the Fundación Cristóbal Gabarrón webiste
Cristóbal Gabarrón Award information from Alvaro Siza Vieira
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Alvaro Siza Architect, Portugal
Alvaro Siza Vieira awarded 2009 RIBA Gold Medal
Leça Swimming Pools, Portugal
photo from the architect
Leça Swimming Pools
Church of Macro de Canaveses, Portugal
photo from Alvaro Siza
Macro de Canaveses
Alvaro Siza : Pritzker Prize Winner 1992
photo by Phillipe Ruault
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