Poets in the Library | Spencer Reece
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SANAA is an architectural firm that combines the creative talents of Pritzker Prize winning architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa and their staff of 25 in Tokyo, Japan. In the words of the Pritzker jury, “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.”
Grace Farms Foundation chose SANAA for this project, shortly before the Pritzker Prize announcement, because their vision of architecture is closely aligned with the purposes of Grace Farms. Their fluid integration of inside and outside space produces environments which are rich in social and spiritual potential. The River was constructed on a sliver of the 80-acre Grace Farms property and is the firm’s first project completed in the United States following the firm's receipt of the Pritzker Prize.
"The buildings, existing and new, have the possibility to become a vibrant intersection of different goals within the community"
SANAA Awards, Accomplishments:
Recipient of 1992 Japan Young Architect of the Year, Gold Lion, Venice Biennale, Brunner Memorial Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Curator/Director of 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, People meet in architecture (Kazuyo Sejima) Visiting Professors at Harvard, Yale and Princeton, Exhibitions at MoMA, Louisiana Museum of Art, Denmark. Named the 2010 Pritzker Prize Laureates.
The Pritzker Architecture Prize, the profession’s most prestigious award, has been given to Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, partners in the Tokyo–based architecture firm SANAA. In a citation that lauded the pair for their ability to create buildings where the “physical presence retreats and forms a sensuous background for people, objects, activities, and landscapes,” the jury noted that their architecture stands “in direct contrast with the bombastic and rhetorical.”
Projects by SANAA:
Louvre Lens Museum, France
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Rolex Learning Center, Switzerland
New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2009, United Kingdom
Glass Pavilion at The Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio