Arata Isozaki

Arata Isozaki (磯崎 新, Isozaki Arata; born 23 July 1931) is a Japanese architect from Ōita.

He graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1954,[1] and worked under Kenzo Tange before establishing his own firm in 1963.[1] His early projects were influenced by European experiences with a style mixed between “New Brutalism” a “Metabolist Architecture” (Oita Medical Hall, 1959-1960), according to Reyner Banham. His style continued to evolve with buildings such as the Fujimi Country Club (1973–74) and Kitakyushu Central Library (1973–74). Later he developed a more modernistic style with buildings such as the Art Tower of Mito (1986–90) and Domus-Casa del Hombre (1991-1995) in Galicia, Spain.

In 2005, Arata Isozaki founded the Italian branch of his office, Arata Isozaki & Andrea Maffei Associates. Two major projects from this office include: the Allianz Tower CityLife office tower, a redevelopment project in the former trade fair area in Milan, and the new Town Library in Maranello, Italy.[3]

Despite designing buildings both inside and outside Japan, Isozaki has been described as an architect who refuses to be stuck in one architectural style, highlighting “how each of his designs is a specific solution born out of the project’s context.”[4] Isozaki won the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2019.[5]

1 Education
2 Awards
3 Notable works
4 Current projects
5 References
6 External links
Isozaki completed his schooling at the Oita Prefecture Oita Uenogi High School (erstwhile Oita Junior High School). In 1954, he graduated from the University of Tokyo where he majored in Architecture and Engineering. This was followed by a doctoral program in architecture from the same university.

Annual Prize, Architectural Institute of Japan in 1967 and 1975[6]
Mainichi Art Award in 1983
RIBA Gold Medal in 1986[6]
International Award “Architecture in Stone” in 1987
ArnoldW.BrunnerMemorial Prize of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1988
Chicago Architecture Award in 1990
Honor Award, the American Institute of Architects in 1992
RIBA Honorary Fellow in 1994
The ECC Award in 2012 for his Venice installation Zhongyuan.[7][8]
Pritzker Prize in 2019[6]
Notable works

One of his early projects, Oita Medical Hall (1959-1960), “mixed New Brutalism and Metabolist Architecture,” according one critic
Ōita Prefectural Library, (1962-1966) Ōita, Ōita, Japan[6]
Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art (1972-1974) in Fukuoka, Japan[6]
Kitakyushu Central Library (1973-1974) in Fukuoka, Japan[6]
Museum of Modern Art, Gunma (1974) in Takasaki, Japan[9]
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), (1981-1986) Los Angeles, California, United States[9]
Sports Hall for the 1992 Summer Olympics, (1983-1990) Barcelona, Spain[6]
Ochanomizu Square Building – Casals Hall, (1984-1987) Tokyo, Japan[6]
Art Tower Mito, Mito, (1986-1990) Ibaraki, Japan[6]
Team Disney Orlando, (1987-1990) Florida, United States[6]
Bond University, – Library, Administration Building, Faculty of Humanities Building (1987-1989) Gold Coast, Australia[6]
KitaKyushu International Conference Center (1987-1990) Fukuoka, Japan
Palau Sant Jordi (1990) Barcelona, Spain
Palafolls Sports Complex Pavilion, (1987-1996) Barcelona, Spain
Centre of Japanese Art and Technology, (1990-1994) Kraków, Poland
Kyoto Concert Hall, (1991-1995) Kyoto, Japan
Nara Centennial Hall, (1992-1998) Nara, Japan
Domus Casa Del Hombre, (1993-1995) A Coruña, Galicia, Spain
Nagi Museum Of Contemporary Art, (1994) Nagi, Okayama, Japan
Shizuoka Convention and Arts Center GRANSHIP, (1998)
COSI Columbus, (1994-1999) Columbus, Ohio, United States
Shenzhen Cultural Center, (1998-2007) Shenzhen, China
New entrance of the CaixaForum Barcelona building, (1999-2002) Barcelona, Spain
Isozaki Atea, (1999-2009) Bilbao, Spain
Torino Palasport Olimpico, (2000-2006) Turin, Italy

Museum of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing (2003-2008)
Museum of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, (2003-2008) China
New Concert Hall Building, (2003-) Thessaloniki, Greece, 2010
Himalayas Center, (2003-) Shanghai, China
Pavilion of Japanese Army in World War II, Jianchuan Museum Complex, (2004-2015) Chendu, China
Diamond Island, (2006-) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (complete in 2012)
Coliseum da Coruña, A Coruña, Galicia, Spain, 1991
Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Education City, near Doha
Qatar National Convention Center, opened 2011[10]
New Town Library (2012) in Maranello, Italy (Arata Isozaki and Andrea Maffei)
D38 Office (2012) in Barcelona, Spain[11]
Allianz Tower (Il Dritto) (2015), in Milan, Italy (Arata Isozaki and Andrea Maffei)[12]
Current projects
The University of Central Asia’s three campuses in Tekeli, Kazakhstan; Naryn, the Kyrgyz Republic; and Khorog, Tajikistan
The New exit for the Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy – competition winner (Arata Isozaki and Andrea Maffei)
The renovation of the Bologna Centrale railway station, Bologna, Italy – competition winner
Metropolis Thao Dien, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Goodwin, Dario. “Spotlight: Arata Isozaki”. ArchDaily. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
Allen, Katherine. “Arata Isozaki Named 2019 Pritzker Prize Laureate”. ArchDaily. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
Musei: Architetture 1990-2000. ISBN 978-8871791999.
Leardi, Lindsey. “Arata Isozaki on “Ma,” the Japanese Concept of In-Between Space”. ArchDaily. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
Allen, Katherine. “Arata Isozaki Named 2019 Pritzker Prize Laureate”. ArchDaily. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
“2019 Pritzker Architecture Prize Media Kit” (PDF). Pritzker Architecture Prize. The Hyatt Foundation. March 2019. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
“ECC AWARD”. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
“Time-Space-Existence in Venice”. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
“AD Classics: Museum of Modern Art, Gunma / Arata Isozaki”. ArchDaily.
Frearson, Amy. “Qatar National Convention Centre by Arata Isozaki”. Dezeen. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
“D38 Office / Arata Isozaki”. ArchDaily.
“ALLIANZ Tower / Arata Isozaki + Andrea Maffei”. ArchDaily. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
External links
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Arata Isozaki.
Arata Isozaki & associates
Arata Isozaki at the Museum of Modern Art
Corkill, Edan. “Arata Isozaki: Astonishing by design”. Japan Times, 1 June 2008.
Sarah F. Maclaren, “Arata Isozaki e la fine dell’utopia”, in “Il senso della fine”, Ágalma. Rivista di studi culturali e di estetica, 19, 2009: 61-75. ISSN 1723-0284.
CityLife Official website of the project
Liddell, Colin. “Arata Isozaki: Solaris”. Metropolis, 23 January 2014.