Skip to main content
Start of main content.

Designer of Bond University and the iconic Arch receives world's highest architecture honour

The Japanese architect who designed the original buildings at Bond University, including the landmark Arch, has received the highest honour in world architecture - Arata Isozaki has been named the winner of the Pritzker Prize.

The announcement came on the eve of Bond University’s 30th anniversary celebrations in May.

Mr Isozaki was brought in to work on the university by Japanese property developer Harunori Takahashi, who co-founded Bond with Australian businessman Alan Bond.

The Arch, which houses the University's executive administration and Faculty of Society and Design, is the central feature of his design and draws inspiration from Constantine’s Triumphal Arch in Rome, built in 315AD.

Michael Keniger, Professor of Architecture and Acting Head of the Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University, said: “The strong axial symmetry of the building, together with its refined sculpted forms, shaded colonnades and use of sandstone combines elements of classical Western traditions with Japanese sensibility.

‚ÄúThis approach resounds with comments made by the Pritzker prize jury that commended Isozaki‚Äôs ability to have brought together lessons from cultures worldwide throughout his career.‚ÄĚ

The Pritzker jury said Mr Isozaki pioneered the ‚Äúunderstanding that the need for architecture is both global and local‚ÄĚ.

"Possessing a profound knowledge of architectural history and theory, and embracing the avant-garde, he never merely replicated the status quo," the jury said.

Mr Isozaki also designed the Qatar National Convention Centre, Nara Centennial Hall in Japan and the Shanghai Symphony Hall in China, among more than 100 major projects.

He has said growing up near Hiroshima, which was destroyed by an atomic bomb in 1945, taught him how homes and cities could be rebuilt.

"It was in complete ruins and there was no architecture, no buildings and not even a city," he said.

"Only barracks and shelters surrounded me. So my first experience of architecture was the void of architecture, and I began to consider how people might rebuild their homes and cities."

Previous winners of the coveted prize include Jorn Utzon who designed the Sydney Opera House.

Mr Isozaki will be awarded a prize of US$100,000 in May at a ceremony at the Ch√Ęteau de Versailles in France.

Architecture

More from Bond

  • Keep credit sustainable for those of modest means

    Buy Now, Pay Later products have put huge competitive pressure on credit card companies but remain popular with consumers. They have also sparked criticism for pushing vulnerable consumers into spiralling debt

    Read article
  • Prince Alfred College, Adelaide crowned National High School Mooting champions

    The next generation of lawyers battled it out in the finals of the Bond University National High School Mooting Competition on Saturday, 3 June 2023.

    Read article
  • Ruby the midseason jewel in the crown

    Netball round 8 wrap: Bull Sharks get the points in the Ruby Series and another standout performance for Kaylin Van Gruenen in the Sapphire Series.

    Read article
  • Bull Sharks dominate in Round 8 matchups

    AFL round 8 wrap: Smiles all round after wins across all grades.

    Read article
  • review

    Film Review: Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)

    A deep dive into Daniels' martial arts wonderland

    Read article
Previous Next