SANAA Left to right: Ryue Nishizawa and Kazuyo Sejima
Louvre-Lens, Lens, France © SANAA, Tim Culbert + Celia Imrey / IMREY CULBERT, Catherine Mosbach
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa © SANAA
Rolex Learning Center, Lausanne, Switzerland © SANAA
The architectural team
Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA
Founded in 1995, SANAA is an architectural and design firm based in Tokyo, headed by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, with three partners Yoshitaka Tanase, Yumiko Yamada and Rikiya Yamamoto.
In recent years SANAA has completed several prominent cultural and educational projects such as Louvre-Lens in France, Rolex Learning Center in Switzerland, New Museum in New York, and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan.
Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa were chosen as the 2010 Laureates of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Sejima is only the second female to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize.
— 2010 Pritzker Prize citation excerpt
The buildings by Sejima and Nishizawa seem deceptively simple. The architects hold a vision of a building as a seamless whole, where the physical presence retreats and forms a sensuous background for people, objects, activities, and landscapes.