Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has been named as the winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the architecture world's most prestigious annual award. Zumthor, 65, will receive his honor — which is often described as the Nobel of Architecture — at a ceremony in Buenos Aires on May 29, along with a $100,000 grant.
Zumthor's work is noted for its austerity, and his most famous buildings include the Therme Vals in Vals, Switzerland, and his St. Nikolaus von der Flue Chapel near Cologne, Germany, the former of which exudes meditational spareness with its thick walls, use of stone, and indirect sunlight.
On winning the prize, Zumthor notes, "That a body of work as small as ours is recognized in the professional world makes us feel proud and should give much hope to young professionals that if they strive for quality in their work it might become visible without any special promotion."
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