rafael moneo is one of five international artists who have been recognized by the 2017 praemium imperiale awards. the annually awarded global prize is decided by six nomination committees, who propose candidates in five fields: painting, sculpture, architecture, music, and theater/film. respectively, iranian visual artist shirin neshat, ghanaian sculptor el anatsui, senegalese singer youssou n’dour, and dancer and choreographer mikhail baryshnikov have also been recognized. the spanish architect joins the award’s previous architecture laureates, frank gehry, renzo piano, tadao ando, among others.


national museum of roman art, mérida, spain
image © michael moran, courtesy of rafael moneo architects

 

 

since 1989, the praemium imperiale awards have been given annually to cover the fields of achievement not represented by the nobel prizes. the award, which is given by the japan art association, praised moneo for respecting the contexts in which he works. ‘rafael moneo is greatly admired for the work he does when designing buildings, looking at the specific conditions of the location of proposed site, so as to ensure that his buildings blend effortlessly into the city landscape, while at the same time, respecting the environment,’ say the organizers.


cathedral of our lady of angels, los angeles, USA
image © michael moran, courtesy of rafael moneo architects

 

 

moneo, who is also an educator and theorist, received the pritzker prize in 1996 and was awarded the the RIBA royal gold medal in 2003. ‘moneo believes that buildings should integrate harmoniously into the city environment and is careful to ensure that his refined designs are not obtrusive — while still maintaining a clear identity and connection to his creative vision,’ states the praemium imperiale jury.


museo del prado extension, madrid, spain


madrid atocha railway station, madrid, spain


madrid atocha railway station, madrid, spain


gregorio marañon maternity and pediatric hospital, madrid, spain

rafael moneo praemium imperiale
museo universidad de navarra, navarra, spain / see more of the project on designboom here
image courtesy of museo universidad de navarra

rafael moneo praemium imperiale
puig tower, barcelona, spain / see more of the project on designboom here
image courtesy of david cardelus

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