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What is SANAA architecture known for?

Founded in 1995 by architects Kazuyo Sejima (born 29 October 1956) and Ryue Nishizawa (born 7 February 1966), SANAA is world-renowned for its white, light buildings grounded in the architects' Japanese cultural origins.

Your location in the world changes light and colour

           he experience of light and colour will always be based on your location in the globe –         

             Europe, Asia, America and so on. You can use the same materials, the same designs but the light experience will be different. Kazuyo and Ryue’s use of light was about diffusing as oppose to experiencing the contrast of light and shadow.

Japanese architectural firm SANAA (Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates) is based in Tokyo. The firm was founded in 1995 by architects Kazuyo Sejima (1956–) and Ryue Nishizawa (1966–), who won the Pritzker Prize in 2010.

Other critically acclaimed works include: the Museum of Contemporary Art of the 21st Century in Kanazawa, Dior’s flagship store in Tokyo, the Louvre Lens, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, the Rolex Learning Centre in Lausanne. 

SANAA’s designs are extremely delicate and light in a way that it seems not to be of this world. Their approach explores the idea that architecture can be like a park, a field of soft boundaries and circulated by the qualities of nature such as the vastness of space. SANAA buildings use transparency, reflections and a gentle layering of space to dissolve the line between inside and outside, creating continuity between programmes, people and context.


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