Gallery: 2010 Pritzker Prize Awarded to SANAA

The 2010 Pritzker Prize was just announced today, and the winners of this year's esteemed prize are Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, a Tokyo-based architecture duo called SANAA. Announced earlier today, this is the first female-male duo to win the esteemed award and we can certainly see why they took home this year's prize. Most notably known for their work on the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City, the Glass Pavilion of the Toledo Museum of Art, and the recent Rolex Learning Center in Lausanne, Switzerland, SANAA's buildings are subtle and understated, as well as light and transparent. While SANAA may not be as flashy or iconic as of their peers (ahemm Gehry), their works have a quiet beauty and inherent sustainability to them and are certainly worthy of the "Nobel Peace Prize" of Architecture.

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.


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  1. Nanny April 8, 2010 at 5:09 am

    congrats to the duo. If I may I would suggest this awesome read :

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