Recently completed, the Rolex Learning Center in Lausanne, Switzerland is yet another example of how the duo designed for the interior experience. The single level learning laboratory has an undulating roof and floor that moves around a series of outdoor patios. Praised for its innovative design and construction, the Rolex Learning Center is designed to encourage student collaboration as well as provide them with quiet places for work and study. SANAA worked diligently on this project to create a highly energy efficient building with a strong emphasis on natural daylighting and ventilation, high efficiency insulation, double glazed windows, and geothermal cooling. Like many of their buildings, the Rolex Learning Center should not judged solely by its simple, understated exterior, because there is so much more going on on the inside of the space.
The Pritzker Prize is the highest award a living architect can receive and is given in honor of significant achievement. Awarded every year since 1979, the Pritzker Prize honors an architect whose “built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talents, and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.” Kazuyo Sejima is the second woman ever to receive this honor, after Zaha Hadid won in 2004. Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa will also receive two bronze medallions and a $100,000 grant at a ceremony on New York’s Ellis Island on May 17th.