Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas has been awarded the Praemium Imperiale Laureate for Architecture, the arts equivalent of a Nobel Prize, by the Japan Art Association.
Koolhaas will travel to Tokyo in October to take part in an award ceremony presided over by Prince Hitachi, where he will receive an honorarium of ¥15m – about £85,000. He will also meet the Japanese emperor and empress.

The architect, who won the Pritzker prize in 2000, has established his reputation as an innovative designer with projects such as the Eurolille mixed-use development in France and the Educatorium at Utrecht University.

His treatise, the Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping, in which he links consumerism to architectural theory, was implemented in Prada's Epicenter store in New York.

The Praemium Imperiale Laureates, established in 1989, are awarded by the Japan Art Association for painting, music, sculpture, theatre or film and architecture.

Last year's winner was Norman Foster.