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Born: May 5, 1944

Nationality: French

Masterpiece: Luxembourg Philharmonie

"a powerful poet of forms and creator of eloquent spaces" the Hyatt Foundation Jury


Christian de Portzamparc is a notable French Architect, born in Casablanca in 1944 and received the Pritzker Prize for architecture in 1994, followed by the Great Urbanism Prize in 2004. Christian de Portzamparc created his agency in 1980, and today it is a cohesive team of 90 people with offices in New York and Rio de Janeiro in addition to satellite' offices near building sites. In 2006, the "Coll?ge de France" created a 53rd chair, that of "Artistic Creation , and called on Christian de Portzamparc to be its first occupant.

Based in Paris, he has constructed worldwide. From simple buildings to urban re-think, the town is a founding principal of his work, which develops in parallel, and in crossover, along various major lines :
Iconic buildings feature in his body of work; urban reference points, symbols that draw together, attract, create a link within the large urban landscape, amongst which are notably large public facilities dedicated to music, such as the City of Music in Villette Park (1984-1995), the "Luxembourg Philharmonie" (1997-2005), the Herg? Museum in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, due for completion at the beginning of 2009 and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Sculptural towers are also prominent in this field of work; landmarks such as the LVMH tower in Manhattan, New York, USA (1995-1999), and two towers currently under construction: Granite at La D?fense, Paris, and a residential tower on Park Avenue South in Manhattan.

Christian de Portzamparc's  project

Notable Work

1987 Scool of Dance of the Opera de Paris, Nantere, France

1995 Cite de la Musique, Paris, France

1995 Credit Lyonnais Tower, Lille, France

1999 LVMH Tower, New York

2003 French Embassy, Berlin, Germany

2005 Luxembourg Philharmonie

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