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Sanaa, Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa

SANAA Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa

The buildings of Kazuyo Sejima are among the most emphatically beautiful in recent years. Working solo or in collaboration with Ryue Nishizawa, Sejima’s eye for the ethereal and delicate has resulted in wafer-thin structures that appear to defy gravity, climate and the mess of everyday life. They instigate games of transparency and porosity, reflectivity and refraction both on tight urban lots (Sejima’s Small House on a cul-de-sac in Aoyama, Tokyo, 2000) and in more pastoral settings in provincial Japan (the critically acclaimed 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, 2004). Sejima + Nishizawa and Associates (SANAA) is now building across Europe - Essen, Almere, Valencia, Basel - and in the United States. In Lower Manhattan, SANAA’s proposal for the New Museum of Contemporary Art, a small tower of stacked boxes, is under construction on the Bowery east of SoHo. But the...

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