2010 Pritzker: Sejima and Nishizawa

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March 29, 2010
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  Ryue Nishizawa and Kazuyo Sejima, right.
    Ryue Nishizawa and Kazuyo Sejima, right.
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  Boxy and defined by just a bit of chromatic variation, the facade of the De Kunstlinie Theater and Cultural Center in Almere, the Netherlands, looks out on the sea.
    Boxy and defined by just a bit of chromatic variation, the facade of the De Kunstlinie Theater and Cultural Center in Almere, the Netherlands, looks out on the sea.
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  Perhaps a more ordered precursor for the New Museum in New York, this Dior shop in Tokyo from 2003 is a good example of SANAA's subtle shift in scale, color, and porousness.
    Perhaps a more ordered precursor for the New Museum in New York, this Dior shop in Tokyo from 2003 is a good example of SANAA's subtle shift in scale, color, and porousness.
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  Spare and round, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan is from 2004.
    Spare and round, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan is from 2004.
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  Here is the undulating, topographical form of the Rolex Learning Center in Lausanne, Switzerland. The building opened in 2009 and is the latest addition to the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne.
    Here is the undulating, topographical form of the Rolex Learning Center in Lausanne, Switzerland. The building opened in 2009 and is the latest addition to the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne.
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  The New Museum for Contemporary Art in New York resembles a haphazardly stacked set of boxes. It was at one point adorned with a rainbow-colored sign that read "Hell, Yes." That's roughly how I responded when I learned Sejima and Nishizawa won the Pritzker.
    The New Museum for Contemporary Art in New York resembles a haphazardly stacked set of boxes. It was at one point adorned with a rainbow-colored sign that read "Hell, Yes." That's roughly how I responded when I learned Sejima and Nishizawa won the Pritzker.
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  The O-Museum in Nagano, Japan is some of SANAA's earlier work. This building is from 1999. Nishizawa, at 44, is the youngest winner of the Pritzker Prize.
    The O-Museum in Nagano, Japan is some of SANAA's earlier work. This building is from 1999. Nishizawa, at 44, is the youngest winner of the Pritzker Prize.
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  Another humble building in the face of a lovely landscape, the Naoshima Ferry Terminal in Naoshima, Kagawa, Japan was completed in 2006.
    Another humble building in the face of a lovely landscape, the Naoshima Ferry Terminal in Naoshima, Kagawa, Japan was completed in 2006.
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  Concrete and glass carry the day in SANAA's 2006 Zollverein School of Management and Design in Essen, Germany.
    Concrete and glass carry the day in SANAA's 2006 Zollverein School of Management and Design in Essen, Germany.
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  Though Columbus, Ohio, might still lay claim to the best architecture in one of our flattest states, Toledo puts in a proper bid with SANAA's Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art.
    Though Columbus, Ohio, might still lay claim to the best architecture in one of our flattest states, Toledo puts in a proper bid with SANAA's Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art.
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