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Monday, 29th March 2010
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Japanese architects scoop Pritzker award

Japanese architectural partners Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa have scooped this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize.

The winners of the prize were announced yesterday (March 28th) and saw the pair rewarded for their work in museums, high-end fashion stories and academic institutions in Japan as well as Germany, France, Spain and the US.

Commenting on the work of the duo, Martha Thorne, executive director of the prize, said: "The architecture of Sejima and Nishizawa explores the ideas of lightness and transparency and pushes the boundaries of these concepts to new extremes."

Architect Sejima said that the pair like to create spaces where people can feel comfortable and relaxed, and aim to design buildings which people want to use.

The prize is named after the Pritzer family, who are known for their link to the Hyatt hotel chain.

Recipients of the prize receive a grant, a formal citation certificate and a bronze medallion.

Written by Kimberley Homer.