Gallery: 2010 Pritzker Prize Awarded to SANAA
The distinguished and well decorated seven-member jury praised the duo’s body of work “that is simultaneously delicate and powerful, precise and fluid, ingenious but not overly or overtly clever.” SANAA is more known for creating an architectural experience for the people inside the building than for those on the outside and the The New Museum of Contemporary Art is a perfect example. It has simple facade of stacked boxes reaching up into the sky, but on the interior provides a perfect backdrop to present contemporary art with daylit interiors, allowing visitors to focus on the art rather than the architecture. SANAA’s design for the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in Hyde Park, London, provided a temporary shelter for visitors that changed appearances with the weather. The mirrored aluminum ceiling of the pavilion reflected the ground, trees and exterior world around it – bringing the outdoors inside. As typical of SANAA’s work, the design focused more on the interior user experience of moving through space rather than the exterior view of the structure.