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Zaha Hadid announced as Praemium Imperiale Laureate

Zaha Hadid has today (24 September) been announced as the winner of the prestigious Japan Art Association’s award for Architecture

The Japanese accolades honour individuals for their contribution to cultural excellence and diversity within the fields of painting, sculpture, music, theatre/film and architecture.

Zaha Hadid follows a long line of international architects who have been awarded the prize, most recently 2008 winner Peter Zumthor.

According to the judges: ‘Her international presence began with her early work for Germany’s Vitra Fire Station and continues to create impact with current designs for the 2012 London Olympic’s Aquatics Centre and the Guangzhou Opera House in China.’

British talent has dominated the awards list this year. For the first time, four out of the five Laureates are based in the UK. These are Hadid, sculptor Richard Long, musician Alfred Brendel and playwright Tom Stoppard.

The Laureates will soon visit Japan on October 22 to be awarded their title and 15 million yen (£100,000) prize.



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