Steven Holl announced as 2014 Praemium Imperiale architecture laureate
It has been revealed that Steven Holl is the 2014 Praemium Imperiale architecture laureate. The prize celebrates exceptional candidates in the fields of painting, sculpture, architecture, music and theatre/film, with each recipient receiving an honorarium of 15 million yen, a diploma and a medal.
Each year, the Japan Art Association also provides a grant of 5 million yen to a group or institution encouraging young people in the arts, this year selecting The Zinsou Foundation in Benin, west-coast Africa.
Holl will be presented with his prizes at an awards ceremony in Tokyo on 15 October 2014, and will give a lecture the following day at 4pm. The Praemium Imperiale recognises the impact that figures in the arts and culture community have on an international scale, celebrating the role they play in ‘enriching the global community’. Last year’s Praemium Imperiale architecture laureate was David Chipperfield.
Steven Holl Architects operates out of offices in New York and Beijing under the leadership of University of Washington graduate Steven Holl. Holl also studied architecture in Rome where he allegedly spent much time contemplating the play of light and colour on the Pantheon which has informed his design approach to this day.
In the official announcement declaring Holl as the Praemium Imperiale architecture laureate, the architect’s ‘lifelong interest in how light affects buildings’ is commended, as is his ‘philosophy of the unification of the “experience” of space’. These elements can be seen throughout Holl’s completed works, including the Cite de l’Ocean et du Surf in Biarritz and the Sliced Porosity Block in Chengdu.
William Luers, a former president of the United Nations Association of America and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was American Advisor on the Praemium Imperiale panel. He comments: “More than any other arts award, the Praemium Imperiale affirms the importance and life-enhancing power of the arts. This year’s laureates, like those that preceded them, represent the very best in artistic expression.”
The five 2014 Praemium Imperiale laureates are:
Painting: Martial Raysse
Sculpture: Giuseppe Penone
Architecture: Steven Holl
Music: Arvo Pärt
Theatre/Film: Athol Fugard