“[Souto de Moura] has the confidence to use stone that is a thousand years old or to take inspiration from a modern detail by Mies van der Rohe,” said the jury in a statement.
In addition to the stadium in Braga, some of his most famous projects in his home country include the Burgo Tower in Porto, Paula Rego Museum in Cascais, and a residence called House No. 2 in Bom Jesus. He also has works in Spain, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland.
“During the past three decades, Eduardo Souto de Moura has produced a body of work that is of our time but also carries echoes of architectural traditions,” Lord Peter Palumbo, the prize jury chairman, said in the statement. “His buildings have a unique ability to convey seemingly conflicting characteristics — power and modesty, bravado and subtlety, bold public authority and a sense of intimacy — at the same time.”