Kazuyo sejima and ryue nishizawa
Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa: SANAA by Yuko Hasegawa
Despite an age difference of ten years, the Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima (b. 1956) and Ryue Nishizawa (b. 1966) have developed an equal partnership that has projected them into the architectural limelight since founding their Tokyo-based firm SANAA in 1995. Renowned worldwide for such high-visibility commercial work as Tokyos translucent Christian Dior Omotesando Building and cultural landmarks like the circular 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, the partners of SANAA are currently among the worlds most innovative—and thought-provoking—architects, winning the 2004 Venice Biennales Golden Lion award for their remarkable work as well as the high-profile commission for the New Museum of Contemporary Art, which opened in 2007 in New York.
Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa , respectively, born October 29, , Mito, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan; born February 7, , Kanagawa prefecture, Japan , Japanese architects who, as founding partners of the firm SANAA Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates , designed structures that were admired for their refined simplicity, spatial fluidity, and thoughtful integration into their surroundings. In they were awarded the Pritzker Prize , becoming only the second partnership to be so honoured. The first was Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron in After apprenticing with architect Toyo Ito , she launched her own firm, Kazuyo Sejima and Associates, in Nishizawa , a student who had also worked for Ito, was one of her first hires. The office gradually developed a national reputation, with Sejima winning the Young Architect of the Year award from the Japanese Institute of Architects in Nishizawa eventually started his own firm two years later, and Sejima maintained hers, but both individual offices were devoted to small-scale projects, in contrast to the ambitious commissions accepted by the partnership.
Ochoalcubo Eight-Cubed is a pioneering project in Chile that seeks to unite leading Chilean and Japanese practices with ground-breaking architecture. The collaborative enterprise was started by Eduardo Godoy, a design impresario who began working in Chile in the s and who has always been a strong advocate for innovative design and architecture in the country. For a nation that boasts more than forty individual schools of architecture, the ever growing number of professionals seems to have had a relatively small impact on Chilean cities. Faced with the seemingly infinite landscape of 'cookie-cutter housing' in the suburbs, Godoy implemented Ochoalcubo in order to provide opportunities for young professionals, alongside fostering a new kind of appreciation for the profession itself. With a large number of architects having taken part in the first stage, including Smiljan Radic designer of the Serpentine Pavilion , the third and fourth stage of what is certainly one of the world's largest active architectural laboratories will be launched in the coming days. SANAA , it is.
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Biennale Architettura 2012 - Kazuyo Sejima - Ryue Nishizawa
This article was originally published on July 22, To read the stories behind other celebrated architecture projects, visit our AD Classics section. The New Museum is the product of a daring vision to establish a radical, politicized center for contemporary art in New York City. Over the two decades following its foundation in , 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 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.