In 2006 Paulo Mendes da Rocha was awarded, The Pritzker, the most prestigious international architecture prize with many of his other works winning public competitions. Mendes da Rocha is a fore-runner in the Brutalist movement, characterized by his use of prefabricated concrete slabs and steel. He has strong themes running through his work; territory, technique and the city. One of the strengths of his work lies in his strive for resources of technical perfection for the consolidation of the spaces he creates. Mendes da Rocha's architecture meets social and aesthetic human needs and his furniture reflects this attitude as well. His furniture is known for its outstanding comfort and visual lightness.