Dutch firm UNStudio claims Jencks Award
Dutch Practice UNStudio – the practice behind Stuttgart’s Mercedes-Benz Museum – has won this year’s Jencks Award.
Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos (pictured), who formed UNStudio in 1998, will accept the award at RIBA’s Portland Place HQ on 16 October, after which Berkel will deliver a lecture that will be chaired by architecture critic Charles Jencks, after whom the award is named.
Zaha Hadid, Foreign Office Architects, Peter Eisenman and Cecil Balmond have all previously won the award, which recognises an individual or practice that has ‘recently made a major contribution both to the theory and practice of architecture internationally’.
Jencks said: ‘UNStudio, with its Mercedes-Benz Museum and other recent buildings, is producing an elegant fusion where advanced geometry and brute matter reveal unexpectedly pleasing results – the happy synergy of theory and practice at a high level.’