At his best, Ando creates serenely austere, unornamented structures made of silky smooth concrete punctuated by sheets of plate glass. His works contrast simple masses and planes with the play of light and natural elements, emphasizing function, strength, and beauty. He won substantial acclaim for his first public commission in the United States, the handsome Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis (2001), and for the ambitious Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, Tex. (2002), which features glass-walled pavilions that appear to float upon a lagoon. Ando's low-slung Clark Center, Williamstown, Mass. (2014), an elegant glass, concrete, and red granite structure set on a reflecting pool, is the centerpiece of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute's extensive, environmentally conscious expansion. Ando was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1995.
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