Pritzker Prize winning architect Hans Hollein dies

Pritzker Prize laureate and architect Hans Hollein has died at the age of 80 in Vienna, following a long period of illness.

A key figure in the Postmodernism movement, his Retti Candleshop project put him on architecture map, which was later followed by other small projects including the Richard Feigen Gallery in New York.

He later completed a number of larger buildings such as the Austrian Embassy in Berlin as well as numerous museums such as the Museum fur Modern Kunst in Frankfurt am Main in Germany and the Albertina Museum extension in Vienna.

Hollein had also won the Pritzker Prize for architecture in 1985. He jury citation described him as “a master of his professon- one who with wit and eclectic gusto draws upon the tradition of the New World as readily as upon those of the Old.”

The citation went on to say: “An architect who is also an artist, he has the good fortune to design museums that are then eager to place within their walls works of art from his hand, whether in the form of drawings, collages, or sculpture.

“In the design of museums, schools, shops, and public housing, he mingles bold shapes and colors with an exquisite refinement of detail and never fears to bring together the richest of ancient marbles and the latest in plastics.”

Hollein was born on March 30, 1934 and died on April 24, 2014.