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Principles Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa have, in a short time, developed SANAA from a Japanese partnership to a globally-recognized architects studio responsible for high-profile projects including The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan, The Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio, the New Contemporary Art Museum building in Manhattan and the Christian Dior building in Omotesando, Tokyo.

New Museum of Contemporary Art – Extension, SoHo, Manhattan, USA 2006-07 photograph from SANAA, 2007 SANAA : New York Museum of Contemporary Art

The field of architecture was chosen by the Pritzker family because of their keen interest in building due to their involvement with developing the Hyatt Hotels around the world; also because architecture was a creative endeavor not included in the Nobel Prizes. Jan Doroteo

The purpose of the Pritzker Architecture Prize is to honor annually a living architect whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.

Studio Gang, SANAA Among Winners of 2017 AIA Institute Honor Awards

Magasin La Samaritaine, Paris, France photograph © Colin Eaton Magasin La Samaritaine – added 27 Mar 2012 La Samaritaine on rue de Rivoli is a design by Tokyo-based Pritzker Prize winning architects SANAA (Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates) which was founded in 1995 by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa have been commissioned by LVMH to completely refurbish the building. The project is described as the largest privately funded project undertaken in Paris.

Flagship stores excite both fashion shoppers and designers alike due to their role as visionary laboratories for the latest trends and stimulating retail experiences. Architects have developed various ways to dress haute couture stores, from distinctive icons in the day to seductive night-time images. The images accompanying this article, created by the Portuguese architect and illustrator André Chiote, help to explore the graphic potential of famous brands like Dior, Prada and Tod’s. The illustrations clearly reveal the various techniques of playing with diaphanous layers, intimate views inside or the contrast of light and shadow.

The formal ceremony for what has come to be known throughout the world as architecture’s highest honor will be held on May 17 on historic Ellis Island in New York. At that time, a $100,000 grant and bronze medallions will be bestowed on the two architects.

Above: Floor Plan, Glass Pavilion, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio – 2006.

Zollverein School of Management & Design, Essen, Germany 2006 photo © 2008 Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA Zollverein Building AD Editorial Team

The cloud-shaped bicycle terminal on the island of Naoshima is SANAA’s latest work. The pavilion is known for its impressive collection of outdoor art and contemporary architecture, with works by prominent exponents such as Yayoi Kusama and Tadao Ando. AD Editorial Team Tom Dobbins

Camp Nou Stadium Redevelopment – Competition entry, Barcelona, Spain 2007 image from SANAA, 2007 SANAA architects : Spanish Architecture Competition

Kazuyo Sejima’s Sumida Hokusai Museum in Tokyo Photographed by Laurian Ghinitoiu

I am very honored and at the same time very surprised. I receive and understand this prize as encouragement for our efforts. Every time I finish a building I revel in possibilities and at the same time reflect on what has happened.Each project becomes my motivation for the next new project.

In this article, written by Christian Dimmer and illustrated with photographs by Max Creasy, the post-earthquake and tsunami coastal architectural landscape of the Japanese Prefectures of Aomori, Iwate and Miyagi are presented and studied.

Above: Zollverein School of Management and Design, Essen, Germany – 2006.

Bocconi University Campus, Milan, Italy Playful proposals unveiled for the Bocconi University Campus in Milan, Italy. The design is typical for SANAA architects with organic forms and a central green space. The development is located at the former Centrale del Latte – a Milanese milk-processing plant. The key elements of the design are a 17,500 sqm public park wwith surrounding dormitories, School of Management, buildings for Bocconi’s Master and Executive programmes and a recreation centre. Bart Bryant-Mole

The procedures were modeled after the Nobels, with the final selection being made by the international jury with all deliberations and voting in secret. Nominations are continuous from year to year with hundreds of nominees from countries all around the world being considered each year.

Few disasters were as complex and their implications as hard to grasp as the compound calamity of earthquake, tsunami, nuclear meltdown that hit the North-East of Japan on March 11, 2011. While over 500 kilometers of coastline were devastated, the disaster unfolded in each of the hundreds of towns affected differently depending on local topographies, urban morphologies, existing landscape formations, collective memory of past disasters and preparedness, and the social ties within the communities.

“Among a strong group of projects Grace Farms emerged as a clear winner for the clarity and consistency of its architectural solution,” said Stan Allen, MCHAP Jury President.

The New Museum is the product of a daring vision to establish a radical, politicized center for contemporary art in New York City. With the aim of distinguishing itself from the city’s existing art institutions through a focus on emerging artists, the museum’s name embodies its pioneering spirit. Over the two decades following its foundation in 1977, it gained a strong reputation for its bold artistic program, and eventually outgrew its inconspicuous home in a SoHo loft. Keen to establish a visual presence and to reach a wider audience, in 2003 the Japanese architectural firm SANAA was commissioned to design a dedicated home for the museum. The resulting structure, a stack of rectilinear boxes which tower over the Bowery, would be the first and, thus far, the only purpose-built contemporary art museum in New York City.[1]

Above: New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, New York – 2007. See our earlier story.

Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, partners in the architectural firm, SANAA, have been chosen as the 2010 Laureates of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

OMA / Shohei Shigematsu and Rem Koolhaas Selected to Design New Museum Expansion in New York

Ultimate Dezeen Awards to be awarded for outstanding studios and projects Dezeen Awards 2018 architecture longlist announced Elongated skylight illuminates stables in Chile by Matias Zegers Architects Neons used to make Shoreline Waikiki “the most instagrammable hotel in Hawaii” Competition: win a Bigger Carry-On suitcase from Away Six buildings that create a buzz with honeycomb-patterned facades

SANAA : Kazuyo Sejima (right) and Ryue Nishizawa (left) picture © 2008 Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA Photograph © Takashi Okamoto

Lasting for close to two decades now, the annual Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Exhibition has become one of the most anticipated architectural events in London and for the global architecture community. Each of the previous eighteen pavilions have been thought-provoking, leaving an indelible mark and strong message to the architectural community. And even though each of the past pavilions are removed from the site after their short summer stints to occupy far-flung private estates, they continue to be shared through photographs, and in architectural lectures. With the launch of the 18th Pavilion, we take a look back at all the previous pavilions and their significance to the architecturally-minded public. Patrick Lynch

Chicago Architecture Biennial Announces List of 2017 Participants

New images have been revealed of SANAA’s design for the expansion of the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, as the project has received a $244 million AUD ($186 million USD) commitment from the NSW Government, more than two-thirds of the project’s total estimated budget. A supplemental campaign will be launched later this year for the remaining $100 million, $70 million of which has already been pledged.

Above: New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, New York – 2007.

Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa – Office location: Tokyo, Japan

Louvre Lens Museum, France – building news Sanaa / Imrey Culbert / Catherine Mosbach photograph © Hisao Suzuki Latest SANAA Building – new photos 12 Dec 2012 New photos of this major building – refined but rather austere architecture – redolent of the simple volumes of Mies van der Rohe (eg National Gallery Berlin or Crown Hall) but in a very light style, finely detailed. But when compared with say the Pompidou’s sojourn into the countryside (the rather bizarre Centre Pompidou-Metz by Shigeru Ban) this building, especially the opaque facades, has moments of dullness. A little more Joie de vivre would have been welcome!

Teshima Art Museum, Japan Design: architect Ryue Nishizawa + artist Rei Naito photograph : Noboru Morikawa Teshima Art Museum Stunning SANAA design – simple + powerful : “Uniting the creative visions of artist Rei Naito and architect Ryue Nishizawa, Teshima Art Museum stands on a hill on the island of Teshima overlooking the Inland Sea. Shaped like a drop of water, the museum lies in a corner of the spacious grounds.”

Thanks to the invitation we received from the team at The Architecture Project, we had the opportunity to travel to the city of Aarhus, Denmark, and meet with Kazuyo Sejima during the Aarhus School of Architecture conference in August 2016.

Top: Ryue Nishizawa and Kazuyo Sejima of SANAA. Photo by Takashi Okamoto. Above: The Rolex Learning Center, Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne, Switzerland (EPFL) – 2009. See our earlier story.

Bêka & Lemoine’s Award-Winning Film “Moriyama-San” Explores Japan’s Most Influential Contemporary Home

SANAA’s Grace Farms Wins the 2014/2015 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize

Above: Naoshima Ferry Terminal Naoshima, Kagawa, Japan – 2006.

Martha Thorne, associate dean for external relations, IE School of Architecture, Madrid, Spain, who is executive director of the prize, augmented the jury citation, saying, “The architecture of Sejima and Nishizawa explores the ideas of lightness and transparency and pushes the boundaries of these concepts to new extremes.”

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) have named 18 architectural and interior projects as recipients of the 2017 Institute Honor Awards, the profession’s highest recognition for excellence in design.

Kazuyo Sejima Explains the Influence of Light and the Color White in SANAA’s Work

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2009 : Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa image © Nick Weall Serpentine Pavilion

Above: DeKunstlinie Theater and Cultural Center – Almere, Netherlands – 2007.

SANAA Architects, Kazuyo Sejima, Ryue Nishizawa, Building, Japanese Studio, Design

Above: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan – 2004.

Founded in 1995 by architects Kazuyo Sejima (born 29 October 1956) and Ryue Nishizawa (born 7 February 1966), SANAA is world-renowned for its white, light buildings grounded in the architects’ Japanese cultural origins. Despite the white exteriors, their architecture is far from modernist; the constant incorporation of ambiguity and doubt in SANAA’s buildings is refreshing and playful, taking the reflective properties of glass and brightness of white to a new level. Patrick Lynch

To see all listed projects on a single map please follow this link. Major Works by SANAA

Located in Tokyo’s Sumida Ward, in which Sumida Hokusai (Katsushika Hokusai) was born and spent the majority of his life, this museum—completed in November 2016 to designs by Kazuyo Sejima—is a temple to the Japanese artist’s work, including the likes of The Great Wave off Kanagawa and Red Fuji. Sejima, who was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2010, is commonly known as one-half of SANAA (alongside Ryue Nishizawa). This project, while seeking to celebrate Hokusai’s work, has also been designed as a cultural beacon. In this photoset, photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu has turned his lens to the new cultural landmark.

“The jury was struck by the radical way in which the line between architecture and landscape is blurred by the ‘River’ building. The firsthand experience of the building reveals a confident realization and the immediacy of its detailing. Finally, the Grace Farms project uniquely demonstrates architecture’s capacity to make a place for an innovative new institution.”

The awarded projects were selected from nearly 700 submissions. The winners will be honored at the 2017 AIA National Convention in Orlando.

According to the AIA, “the 2017 Architecture program celebrates the best contemporary architecture regardless of budget, size, style, or type. These stunning projects show the world the range of outstanding work architects create and highlight the many ways buildings and spaces can improve our lives.”

Extension of the Institute Valencia d’Art Modern, Valencia, Spain House for China International Practical Exhibition of Architecture, Nanjing, China Learning Center, EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne), Switzerland Louvre Lens, Paris, France Vitra Factory Building, Weil am Rhein, Germany Torre Neruda, Guadalajara, Mexico Berggruen Hotels, India OPAC housing, Paris, France Derek Lam, New York, New York

In announcing the jury’s choice, Thomas J. Pritzker, chairman of The Hyatt Foundation, elaborated, “This marks the third time in the history of the prize that two architects have been named in the same year.

Neruda Tower Building, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico Design: SANAA, architects with Bernardo Gomez Pimienta Neruda Tower design by SANAA – 12 Feb 2016 This 25-storey mixed-use office building was to be located in the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

“Moriyama-San” – a film by Bêka & Lemoine – has been awarded the 2018 Best Prize at the Arquiteturas Film Festival in Lisbon. Centered around the famous Moriyama House by Pritzker Prize Laureate Ryue Nishizawa, it becomes part of a developing series called “Living Architectures,” in which the filmmakers aim to “put into question the fascination with the picture, which covers up the buildings with preconceived ideas of perfection, virtuosity, and infallibility.” In its unique approach, the film “masterfully combines image, sound, and narrative in a compelling story about a unique character and its relation to his house and music.”

The award will be presented at a ceremony in New York on 17 May.

Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, – New Campus, Jerusalem, Israel SANAA with Nir Kutz Architects image from BAAD Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design September 2011, Jerusalem: Japanese architecture firm SANAA in collaboration with the Israeli firm, Nir Kutz Architects, has been chosen to design the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design’s new campus in Jerusalem’s city center. AD Editorial Team

Beyeler Foundation, 1997 / Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Image © Fran Parente Patrick Lynch

Ryue Nishizawa – principle 1966 Born in Kanagawa Prefecture Graduated from Yokohama National University with Masters Degree in Architecture Joined Kazuyo Sejima & Associates 1995 Established SANAA with architect Kazuyo Sejima 1997 Established Office of Ryue Nishizawa 2001- Associate Professor at Yokohama National University 2006 Visiting Professor at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne 2006- Visiting Professor at Princeton University 2007- Visiting Professor at GSD, Harvard University

I have been exploring how I can make architecture that feels open, which I feel is important for a new generation of architecture. With this prize I will continue trying to make wonderful architecture.” And a similar reaction from Ryue Nishizawa: “I receive this wonderful prize with great humility.

Upon learning that she was being honored, Kazuyo Sejima had this reaction: “I am thrilled to receive such an honor. I would like to thank the Pritzker (Hyatt) foundation, the jury members, the clients who have worked with us, and all of our collaborators.

Here’s a selection of projects by Japanese architects SANAA, who have been named 2010 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureates (see our earlier story).

OPEN, SANAA, Jean Nouvel & David Chipperfield Shortlisted in Competition for Pudong Art Museum in Shanghai

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Above: Floor Plan, Rolex Learning Center, Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne, Switzerland (EPFL) – 2009.

SANAA’s Zollverein School of Management and Design in Essen, Germany, is a perfect 35 meter-cube. The building’s dominant presence, which is particularly striking amid its suburban context, extends to the interior spaces. The architects felt “that exceptional ceiling heights were appropriate for the educational spaces, particularly for the studio level that occupies an entire slab of the structure.” Indeed, this production floor is “an unusually lofty and fully flexible space,” enclosed only by the external structural walls. Photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu has visited the building, which was completed in 2010, to capture a fresh view on this seminal project. María Francisca González AD Editorial Team

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Above: Glass Pavilion, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio – 2006.

Glass Pavilion, Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio, USA 2006 picture © 2008 Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA

Taichung City Cultural Center Competition, Taiwan 1st Prize image from architect Taichung City Cultural Center Competition Winners – 10 Oct 2013 Tenderer: Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA Nationality: Japan Joint Tenderer: Ricky Liu & Associates Architects+Planners / Ricky Liu Nationality: Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Derek Lam Boutique, New York City, USA 2009 photograph from DLM Derek Lam New York Store

The office of Peter Zumthor has been selected to design an expansion to the Beyeler Foundation, located just outside Zumthor’s childhood home of Basel, Switzerland. The Swiss architect was chosen from a prestigious shortlist of 11 firms to add to the existing museum building, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop and completed in 1997.

SANAA Reveals New Images of Design for Art Gallery of New South Wales

Above: Christian Dior Building, Omotesando Tokyo, Japan – 2003.

Tetra Pod / Omoe Miyako, Iwate Prefecture. Image © Max Creasy

Between Generic Interventions and Architecture of Relations: A Journey Through Coastal Japan

Above: The Rolex Learning Center, Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne, Switzerland (EPFL) – 2009.

Rolex Learning Center, Ecole Polytechnique Federale, Switzerland 2010 image © EPFL Rolex Learning Center

James Welling, 8183, 2016 from the series Chicago, 2016-2017, Courtesy the Artist and David Zwirner, New York and London. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial

The meteoric rise of architects SANAA to join the likes of Hadid, Gehry, Nouvel, Ando and Koolhaas as one of the most celebrated architects studios in the world can be traced back to the New Contemporary Art Museum building in New York.

The Chicago Architecture Biennial has announced the list of participants invited to contribute to the event’s second edition, which will be held from September 16 to January 7, 2018 in Chicago. More than 100 architecture firms and artists have been selected by 2017 artistic directors Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, founders of Los Angeles–based Johnston Marklee, to design exhibitions that will be displayed at the Chicago Cultural Center and throughout the city.

Pritzker Prize jury chairman, The Lord Palumbo quoted from the jury citation to focus on this year’s selection: “For architecture that is simultaneously delicate and powerful, precise and fluid, ingenious but not overly or overtly clever; for the creation of buildings that successfully interact with their contexts and the activities they contain, creating a sense of fullness and experiential richness; for a singular architectural language that springs from a collaborative process that is both unique and inspirational; for their notable completed buildings and the promise of new projects together, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa are the recipients of the 2010 Pritzker Architecture Prize.”

New Museum of Contemporary Art – Extension, SoHo, New York, USA 2006-07

SANAA’s Grace Farms has been announced as the winner of the 2014/2015 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP), recognizing the most distinguished architectural works built on the North and South American continents.

”The distinguished jury that selected the 2010 Laureates consists of its chairman, Lord Palumbo, internationally known architectural patron of London, chairman of the trustees, Serpentine Gallery, former chairman of the Arts Council of Great Britain, former chairman of the Tate Gallery Foundation, and former trustee of the Mies van der Rohe Archive at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and alphabetically: Alejandro Aravena, architect and executive director of Elemental in Santiago, Chile;

In progress image of Sydney Modern Project, view from north-east as produced by Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA. © Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2017

He continued, “Japanese architects have been chosen three times in the thirty year history of the Pritzker Architecture Prize — the first was the late Kenzo Tange in 1987, then in 1993, Fumihiko Maki was selected, and in 1995, Tadao Ando was the honoree.”

New National Gallery of Hungary, Budapest, Hungary image from architect New National Gallery of Hungary design by SANAA – 26 Nov 2015 This new building will be built in the Vársoliget (City Park) according to the design made by the internationally renowned Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates architects studio. The new museum is due to open in summer 2019.

De Kunstlinie – Almere Theatre / Almere Arts Centre, The Netherlands 2007 photo © Adrian Welch Almere Buildings

Photographs are by Hisao Suzuki unless otherwise stated. All images are courtesy of SANAA. Captions are provided by the architects.

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But since then the architects have kept surprising us with totally new designs (unlike Gehry they don’t have a specific house style). Key buildings by SANAA are the Rolex Learning Center (Switzerland), Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2009 (UK), the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa (Japan) and most recently the superb Teshima Art Museum (Japan).

SANAA : Further Information on buildings, awards, publications, etc.

Grace Farms Wins Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize Grace Farms (New Canaan, Connecticut, US) by the firm SANAA is the recipient of the 2014/2015 MCHAP, recognizing the most distinguished architectural works built on the North and South American continents. photo © Iwan Baan Grace Farms New Canaan by SANAA Architects wins 2014/2015 MCHAP

“The sky above Basel, the city and its surroundings–those are the landscapes of my youth,” said Zumthor. “It is heart-warming to be able to design a major building here.”

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan 2004 photo © 2008 Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA

Kazuyo Sejima was the Director of 12th International Architecture Exhibition, People meet in architecture : 29 Aug – 21 Nov 2010 Venice Biennale, Italy

1996 Multimedia Workshop, Gifu, Japan S-House, Okayama, Japan 1997 N-Museum, Wakayama; Japan M-House, Tokyo; K-Building, Ibaraki, Japan 1998 Koga Park Café, Ibaraki 1999 O-Museum, Nagano, Japan 2000 Day Care Center, Kanagawa, Japan La Biennale di Venezia, 7th International Architecture Exhibition “City of girls” Japanese Pavilion, Venice, Italy PRADA Beauty Prototype 2001 PRADA Beauty LEEGARDEN Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China Garden Cafe at the 7th International Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul, Turkey 2003 ISSEY MIYAKE by NAOKI TAKIZAWA, Tokyo Christian Dior Building Omotesando, Tokyo 2004 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa, Kanazawa, Japan 2006 Zollverein School of management and design, Essen, Germany The Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion, Toledo, Ohio, USA Novartis Campus WSJ-158 Office Building, Basel, Switzerland Naoshima Ferrey Terminal building, Kagawa, Japan 2007 Stadstheater Almere ‘De Kunstlinie’, Almere, the Netherlands New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, USA

Rem Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu, both partners at OMA, have been tapped to design the recently-announced expansion of the New Museum in New York. OMA will design a new building adjacent to SANAA’s tiered-box museum. The project is expected to break ground in 2019 and will give the New Museum an additional 50,000 square feet (4,650 square meters) for “galleries, improved public circulation and flexible space for the institution’s continued exploration of new platforms and programs.” This will be Koolhaas’ first public building in New York. According to the New York Times, the New Museum—the only museum in New York City exclusively devoted to contemporary art—has already raised 50 percent of the cost.

Recently, Shanghai organized an international competition for the new Art Museum of Pudong. The site of the project is located at a prominent spot on the tip of Pudong’s Lujiazui CBD area directly below the Oriental Pearl Tower. Looking across Huangpu River from the Bund, the iconic skyline of Lujiazui has been such a symbolic image of modern Shanghai that any addition or alteration to this image is extremely sensitive. So the site has been deliberately left vacant for years, awaiting a significant cultural institute and meaningful contribution to the urban life at the megapolis.

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Peter Zumthor Selected to Design Beyeler Foundation Expansion

Above: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan – 2004. Photo by SANAA Thomas Schielke

Novartis HQ, Basel, Switzerland 2001- photo : building owner SANAA : Novartis HQ Basel Patrick Lynch

In this photoset, Vincent Hecht takes his lens into the recently completed Sumida Hokusai Museum, designed by pritzker prize winner Kazuyo Sejima, one half of the acclaimed international firm SANAA. Located in the Tokyo neighborhood of Sumida, the 4-story, angular structure will house a collection of over 1800 works by world-renowned ukiyo-e woodblock painter Katsushika Hokusai, who lived in Sumida over 200 years ago.

The project was selected from a shortlist of seven finalists, joining Alvaro Siza’s Iberê Camargo Foundation and Herzog & de Meuron’s 1111 Lincoln Road as winners of the highly-regarded prize.

Dior Omotesando – Dior Store, Tokyo, Japan 2003 photograph © Robert Day Christian Dior Omotesando Building : Japanese Architecture Tour

Kazuyo Sejima – principle 1956 Born in Ibaraki Prefecture Graduated from Japan Women’s University with Masters Degree in Architecture Joined Toyo Ito & Associates 1987 Established Kazuyo Sejima & Associates 1995 Established SANAA with architect Ryue Nishizawa 2001 Professor at Keio University 2006 Visiting Professor at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne 2006- Visiting Professor at Princeton University

SANAA’s Zollverein School of Management and Design Photographed by Laurian Ghinitoiu

Winner of the 2010 Pritzker Prize and founder of SANAA (Sejima + Nishizawa and Associates), Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima talks to us about the importance of white in their designs, with the intention of bringing and diffusing natural light to all the spaces. Sejima also describes how their buildings are able to integrate and bring people together through open spaces that connect, in an almost extreme way, the interiors and exteriors.

1998 The Prize of Architectural Institute of Japan, Tokyo, Japan 2000 Erich Schelling Architekturpreis, Kalsruhe, Germany 2002 Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture, American Academy of Arts & Letters, N.Y, USA Architecture Award of Salzburg Vincenzo Scamozzi, Salzburg, Austria 2004 Golden Lion for the most remarkable work in the exhibition Metamorph in the 9th International Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia 46th Mainichi Newspaper Arts Award (Architecture Category) The Rolf Schock Prize in category of visual arts, Sweden 2006 The Prize of Architectural Insititute of Japan, Tokyo, Japan 2007 Premio Mario Pani 2007 (The Mario Pani Award), Mexico City, Mexico The Kunstpreis Berlin (Berlin Art Prize), Berlin, Germany

Kazuko Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa were recognized with the MCHAP Award, the MCHAP Chair at IIT Architecture Chicago for the following academic year, and $50,000 in funding toward research and publication.

Rolf Fehlbaum, chairman of the board of Vitra in Basel, Switzerland; Carlos Jimenez, professor, Rice University School of Architecture, principal, Carlos Jimenez Studio in Houston, Texas; Juhani Pallasmaa, architect, professor and author of Helsinki, Finland; Renzo Piano, architect and Pritzker Laureate, of Paris, France and Genoa, Italy; and Karen Stein, writer, editor and architectural consultant in New York. Christian Dimmer

Each design by SANAA architects is creative and thoughtful, rising above mere architectural fashion [e-architect Editor Adrian Welch].

SANAA Exhibition : 19 Jun – 1 Oct 2010 Danish Architecture Centre – DAC, Copenhagen, Denmark

In the same way this wonderful prize has given me a dynamic energy that I have never felt before. I thank you very much. Patrick Lynch

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The first was in 1988 when Oscar Niemeyer of Brazil and the late Gordon Bunshaft were so honored, and the second was in 2001, when Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, partners in a Swiss firm, were selected.”

“Our goal for the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial is to continue to build on the themes and ideas presented in the first edition,” explained Johnston and Lee. “We hope to examine, through the work of the chosen participants, the continuous engagement with questions of history and architecture as an evolutionary practice.” Patrick Lynch José Tomás Franco

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