Herzog & de Meuron

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Herzog & de Meuron Architekten
Practice information
Key architectsJacques Herzog
Pierre de Meuron
Christine Binswanger
Ascan Mergenthaler
Stefan Marbach
Michael Fischer
Jason Frantzen
Andreas Fries
Robert Hösl
Wim Walschap
Esther Zumsteg
Harry Gugger (former)
Location Basel, Switzerland
Berlin, Germany
New York City, USA
London, Great Britain
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Significant works and honors
Buildings Allianz Arena
M. H. de Young Museum
Beijing National Stadium
Awards Pritzker Prize (2001)
Prix de l'Équerre d'Argent (2001)
Royal Gold Medal (2007)
Schock Prize (1999)
Stirling Prize (2003)

Herzog & de Meuron Basel Ltd., [1] or Herzog & de Meuron Architekten, BSA/SIA/ETH (HdM),[ citation needed ] is a Swiss architecture firm with its head office in Basel, Switzerland. [1] The careers of founders and senior partners Jacques Herzog (born 19 April 1950) and Pierre de Meuron (born 8 May 1950) closely paralleled one another, with both attending the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. They are perhaps best known for their conversion of the giant Bankside Power Station in London to the new home of Tate Modern. Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron have been visiting professors at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design since 1994 and professors at ETH Zürich since 1999.

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Jacques Herzog

Herzog & de Meuron was founded in Basel in 1978. [2] In 2001, Herzog & de Meuron were awarded the Pritzker Prize, the highest of honours in architecture. Jury chairman J. Carter Brown commented, "One is hard put to think of any architects in history that have addressed the integument of architecture with greater imagination and virtuosity." This was in reference to HdM's innovative use of exterior materials and treatments, such as silkscreened glass. Architecture critic and Pritzker juror Ada Louise Huxtable summarized HdM's approach concisely: "They refine the traditions of modernism to elemental simplicity, while transforming materials and surfaces through the exploration of new treatments and techniques." [3] In 2006, The New York Times Magazine called them "one of the most admired architecture firms in the world." [4]

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Selected projects

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Prada Store in Tokyo
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IKMZ, Cottbus, Brandenburg
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Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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BBVA headquarters in Madrid, Spain (2009-2015)
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Elbphilharmonie, HafenCity in Hamburg (2007–2016)
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