Frei Otto wins the Pritzker Prize the day after his death

By: | Posted on March 10, 2015

German architect known for designing the roof of the Munich Olympic Park for the 1972 Olympics died on Monday

Frei Otto premio Pritzker e morte

Arquitecto Frei Otto.

The German Frei Otto was honored on Tuesday with the Pritzker Prize, considered the Nobel of architecture. In announcing the winner, the Pritzker Committee confirmed the death of the architect, aged 89, on Monday. "The news of his death is very sad and unprecedented in the history of the award," said the organization's Pritzker in a statement. Otto is the fortieth award winner, the second German. Not the cause of his death was announced.

According to the committee, the jury awarded the prize to Frei Otto when he was still alive and highlighted the organization's representatives to warn you in your home. "Otto was an architect, visionary, utopian, environmentalist, pioneered the use of lightweight materials, natural resources protection and a generous collaborator with architects, engineers and biologists, among others," the statement said.

Otto achieved fame mainly for designing the roof of the Munich Olympic Park for the 1972 Olympics, as well as the Japan Pavilion at Expo 2000 in Hanover, Germany, alongside Shigeru Ban, winner of the Pritzker Prize in 2014.

"In contrast to the heavy architecture, made in columns, stone and masonry of the German National Socialists, in the midst of which he grew up, the Otto work was light, open to nature and natural light, democratic, low cost, energy-efficient and sometimes designed to be temporary, "says Pritzker Committee.

Frei Otto, Prémio Pritzker 2015: morte e celebração de um “titã da arquitetura”

By: | Posted on March 11, 2015

The German architect Frei Otto is the Pritzker Prize 2015. The news was announced on Tuesday in Chicago, the day after his death in Germany, and two weeks ahead of schedule. It is the celebration - almost posthumous - an ingenious and democratic work, marked by lightness and attention to the environment.

It was a new and unexpected situation, that the Hyatt Foundation, which annually awards the Pritzker of architecture, had to manage earlier this week, the German Frei Otto, the jury had already chosen as the architect to distinguish this year, official announcement scheduled for March 23, died on Monday. The next day, the prize committee decided to link the news of the death of the author of the iconic Olympic Stadium in Munich that he would be the Pritzker Prize in 2015.

Frei Otto morte premio Pritzker

Arquitecto Frei Otto.

By: | Posted on March 10, 2015

The Pritzker jury selected the German architect Frei Otto as the fortieth winner of Pritzker Prize. The news was anticipated in two weeks - expected to be released on March 23 - due to the recent death of the architect and structural engineer. Otto is the second German architect to receive the honor, following Gottfried Böhm, awarded in 1986, and the first to receive it posthumously.


Before his untimely death, Frei Otto was informed about the award by the Executive Director of the Pritzker Prize, Martha Thorne, who visited him in Germany. "I'm so happy to receive this award and would like to thank the jury and the Pritzker family. I never did anything to earn this award. My motivation was to design new types of buildings to help poor people, especially after natural disasters and catastrophes ... Here is a happy man. "

Pritzker Prize for Frei Otto, German Architect, Is Announced After His Death

By: | Posted on March 10, 2015

In an announcement abruptly moved up after his death, the German architect Frei Otto on Tuesday was named the winner of the Pritzker Prize in recognition of his airy tentlike structures and other inventive feats of engineering.

Mr. Otto, 89, died in Germany on Monday, two weeks before he was to be named this year’s laureate, the prize jury said. He is perhaps best known for roof canopies designed for the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, admired for their blend of lightness and strength.

“He has embraced a definition of architect to include researcher, inventor, form-finder, engineer, builder, teacher, collaborator, environmentalist, humanist, and creator of memorable buildings and spaces,” the jury said in its citation.

The Pritzker is regarded as architecture’s highest honor and usually goes to a living architect. The committee said it was the first time that a winner had died before the announcement was made.

Mr. Otto learned of his selection early this year when Martha Thorne, the prize’s executive director, flew to Stuttgart to inform him of the jury’s choice. He was blind but otherwise in good health, the panel said. Mr. Otto was honored and surprised, according to Edward Lifson, a spokesman for the prize.

“I’ve never done anything to gain this prize,” Mr. Otto was quoted as saying. “Prizewinning is not the goal of my life. I try to help poor people, but what shall I say here — I’m very happy.”

Mr. Otto may not have been a household name, but he was widely esteemed in the profession. Prominent architects had quietly pushed for him to receive the award for years.

“Time waits for no man,” said Peter Palumbo, the Pritzker chairman, in a statement, calling Mr. Otto’s death “a sad and striking example of this truism.”

The announcement was originally to be made on March 23. The architect Frank Gehry was to award Mr. Otto the prize at a ceremony on May 15 at the New World Center in Miami. That will proceed as scheduled, with past Pritzker laureates speaking there about Mr. Otto’s life and work.

Mr. Otto first became known for tent structures used as temporary pavilions at the Federal Garden Show in Germany and other events in the 1950s.

His large-scale roofs for the 1972 Olympics stadium in Munich, designed with Günter Behnisch, defied expectations, though the games were vastly overshadowed by the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes there by Palestinian terrorists.

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