CHRISTIAN DE PORTZAMPARC
Born in 1944, Christian de Portzamparc is a leading architect and urban planner, who was awarded with the Pritzker Architecture Prize at the age of 50 as the first French winner and also with the most prestigious city planning prize in France, The Grand Prix de l’Urbanisme.
His architectural style is known for its distinctive features such as bold designs, an artistic approach and the creativity that comes with him being a watercolor painter. He is especially esteemed as a designer of concert hall, operas, philharmonies and an urban planner.
He studied architecture in Paris and New York, and became famous for his design of the rue des Hautes Formes in Paris and the large scale project for François Mitterrand called the City of Music (1995). It involved creating music halls of different sizes and a music museum.
His important works include NexusⅡ (1991), a residential complex in Fukuoka, LVMH Tower (1991), and two skyscrapers, the One57 (2014) and the Prism tower (2016) in New York, the Philharmonie of Luxembourg (2005), the City of Arts (2013), a cultural complex in Rio de Janeiro, the Paris la Défense Arena (2017), an indoor stadium in Nanterre, on the outskirts of Paris and the Shangyin Opera House in Shanghai (2019). Currently he is engaged in large scale projects as the Great Theatre of Casablanca, the largest theater in Africa and in China, the Suzhou Cultural Center in China, scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020.
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