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Dutch treat: 'controversial' Koolhaas captures Pritzker

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Rem Koolhaas has scooped this year's £63,000 Pritzker Architecture Prize, following in the footsteps of Lord Foster, Renzo Piano and Tadao Ando.

The chairman of the jury, J Carter Brown, described the Rotterdam-based architect as 'the leader of a spectacularly irreverent generation of Dutch architects' and said that a restless mind and conceptual brilliance had earned Koolhaas his place in architecture's hall of fame.

Koolhaas' writing made him famous before his buildings, but key projects include the Netherlands Dance Theatre and the Maison a Bordeaux. His practice, oma, is now working on plans to relocate Amsterdam's airport to an island in the North Sea.

On hearing news of his success, Koolhaas said: 'Maybe the fact that I receive this award, despite my controversial reputation, marks a turning point in thinking about architecture.'

Koolhaas started out as a journalist, and was then a screen-writer before turning to architecture at the age of 24. His first commission, an extension to the Dutch parliament, was secured when he was 34.

Putting on the Pritz: Rem Koolhaas wins the Pritzker

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