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Magazine Architecture | 27 Sep 2017



With its head office in Tokyo, SANAA (Sejima And Nishizawa And Associates) is an architecture office founded in 1995 by the Japanese Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa. Together for more than 20 years, in what they call a "collaborative partnership", the duo of architects received the Pritzker – the ultimate architectural award in 2010 – for being committed in an "architecture that is both delicate and powerful, precise and fluid, ingenious, however not over intelligent", said the jury. Owners of a unique architectural vision, which always places buildings in harmony with the environment, SANAA architects created projects such as the O-Museum in Nagano, Japan, the Louvre-Lens Museum in Lens, France, or the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. Worldwide recognized for the simple architecture (apparently simple, we should say) they explore in all their projects, Sejima and Nishizawa recognize there is a clear advantage in working together as partners  –  "there are many good aspects about collaborative design. We can criticize each other`s ideas, which may lead to have a very special creative development. And this cannot only happen by one person. "In addition to mutually supporting "real work", there is constant support and intellectual sharing that enriches every step of their projects.

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Text: Isadora Faustino
Photos: SANAA

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