The Prizker Prize is the highest honor in architecture awards. One could say it is architecture’s equivalent to the Pulizer, or the Oscar. This year, the Prize goes to an arguably lesser-known but not lesser-deserving architect, Eduardo Souto de Moura. The jury stated in its decision that “During the past three decades, Eduardo Souto de Moura has produced a body of work that is of our time but also carries echoes of architectural traditions.”
Here we have posted photos of is his best-known work, the Stadium in Braga, Portugal, built in 2004.
What is particularly interesting about the stadium is that it was carved out of a stone quarry. By virtue of what we as architects do (build things), it is our tendency to continually question the relationship between man and nature. Souto de Moura expresses this philosophical conflict often, and in the case of the Braga Stadium he states, ”It was a drama to break down the mountain and make concrete from the stone.”
The jury called the stadium ‘muscular, monumental and very much at home within its powerful landscape.” When completed, the stadium was widely received as the most beautiful in Europe.
To find out more about Souto de Moura’s man-vs-nature theory, here is an insightful interview with him: Harmony Between the Natural and the Man-Made.
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