Jean Nouvel became significantly richer last week when he won the 13th Praemium Imperiale award and pocketed £90,000 in the process.
Nouvel follows Lord Rogers, last year's Laureate, and was recognised for the 'clarity and elegance' which characterises his work. 'Nouvel has created a stylish language separate from that of Modernism and Post-Modernism, and buildings that go beyond cultural constraints, ' said the Japan Art Association.
'He places great importance on harmonising a building with its site and surroundings. Another theme unifying all of his projects is the beautiful interplay of transparency, opacity, shadow, and light.'
Nouvel, who also won the RIBA's Royal Gold Medal this May, is best known for buildings such as the Arab World Institute in Paris. He specialises in using materials such as aluminium, glass, stainless steel and concrete, but 'adopts a softer, perhaps more poetic approach than his British colleagues'.
Current projects include a new headquarters overlooking Tokyo Bay for Dentsu Corporation.