Five Pritzker Winners to Help Design French Arts Center

Five Pritzker Winners to Help Design French Arts Center
Most developers are lucky to have one award-winning architect working on a project, but Irish developer Patrick McKillen will have five winners of the Pritzker Prize — architecture's highest award — involved in the design of a new arts center at the Château La Coste winery in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Tadao Ando, the head architect involved in the process, discussed his plans for the project with Bloomberg in Tokyo, noting that Jean Nouvel is responsible for the wine cellar and that Frank Gehry is designing a music pavilion. Sir Norman Foster and Renzo Piano will provide other, unspecified buildings.

Ando told Bloomberg, “We’re creating a space filled with water, and the gallery will appear to float on top of it.” He was recently involved in remodeling the Punta della Dogana, a 17th-century customs house in Venice, for collector François Pinault, who now uses the space to show his vast art collection.