The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning has named Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto recipient of the 2013 Marcus Prize, which recognizes architects “on a trajectory to greatness.” This $100,000 award, supported by the Marcus Corporation Foundation, includes a cash prize and design studio at the school led by Fujimoto.
A six-member jury selected Fujimoto, saying his work is “expertly crafted…and can’t be categorized,” according to a statement. “He is unique, one of a kind, and he will no doubt make a significant contribution to the school and the city of Milwaukee through his ability to inspire the collective imaginations of the community.”
Most recently, Fujimoto designed the annual summer pavilion at London’s Serpentine Gallery. Each year since 2000, the gallery has invited an architect to design a temporary structure for its lawn in Kensington Gardens; at 41, Fujimoto is the youngest architect to do so in the program’s history. His latticed structure comprises fine steel bars assembled to form a cloud-like semi-transparent structure.
Photo by Iwan Baan
“The inspiration for the design of the pavilion was the concept that geometry and constructed forms could meld with the natural and the human,” Fujimoto says in his design statement. “A simple cube, sized to the human body, is repeated to build a form that exists between the organic and the abstract, to create an ambiguous, soft-edged structure that will blur the boundaries between interior and exterior.
The pavilion will be open until October.