SANAA completes cloud-shaped port terminal building for Naoshima island

SANAA has built a small passenger terminal shaped like a cloud for a port on the Japanese island of Naoshima, which is famed for its contemporary art scene. Japanese duo Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa and their firm SANAA designed the terminal for passengers waiting to disembark the island – giving them a place to park their bicycles or

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Edmund Sumner reveals archive photographs of Ryue Nishizawa’s seminal Moriyama House

Photographer Edmund Sumner has revealed decade-old images of one of Ryue Nishizawa’s most famous buildings, Moriyama House – a full-size model of which was recently installed inside London’s Barbican. After visiting the Barbican’s “highly impressive” exhibition The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945, which includes a full-size model of the Tokyo house, Sumner dug out his photographs from when the building was first completed

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Japanese architects have rejected the starchitect system says MoMA curator

Contemporary Japanese architects have created “a legacy with more consistency” than the famous names that dominate architecture elsewhere, says the curator of a major new MoMA exhibition (+ slideshow). MoMA’s show, which is titled A Japanese Constellation, focuses on the work of three generations of Japanese architects, including Toyo Ito, Kazuyo Sejima and SANAA, and Sou Fujimoto. More

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SANAA’s reflective Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2009 “merged into the landscape”

Movie: gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones describes the reflective aluminium Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, created by Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA in 2009, as “strange and gorgeous” in this exclusive movie. Sejima and Nishizawa’s pavilion in 2009 featured a canopy made from aluminium-faced plywood floating on hundreds of slender stainless steel columns. “Their pavilion was so strange and More

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SANAA chosen over Snøhetta in Budapest gallery competition

Japanese studio SANAA has seen off competition from Norwegian firm Snøhetta to design a new national gallery in Budapest’s City Park. The SANAA-designed National Gallery of Hungary is one of five new museums to be built in the park as part of regeneration project called Liget Budapest. It will stand on the site of the Petőfi Events Hall and is expected […]

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“Grace Farms is a trophy building, not a light-on-the-land wilderness retreat”

Opinion: SANAA’s new river-inspired building in New Canaan may be beautiful, says Alexandra Lange, but it is still unclear whether its community-focussed programme will be useful to anyone. Grace Farms is beautiful. The centrepiece of the site is the sinuous 83,000-square-foot, $67 million building called The River, designed by SANAA and set on 80 acres of open space in tony, architecturally-exceptional New […]

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First images of SANAA-designed Grace Farms building in Connecticut revealed

The first official photographs of SANAA’s sinuous cultural centre at the Grace Farms nature reserve in Connecticut have been released ahead of its opening tomorrow (+ slideshow). Called The River, the 83,000-square-foot (7710 square metres) structure is a series of five pavilions linked by a curved roof, which descend a gently sloping hillside on a former farm site in New Canaan. […]

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SANAA completes river-inspired building at Grace Farms nature reserve

Japanese studio SANAA has completed a sinuous building of glass, concrete, steel and wood that winds across the landscape of a nature reserve in New Canaan, Connecticut. Named The River in reference to its ribbon-like roof, the building frames both public facilities and meandering walkways for Grace Farms, a new 80-acre (32 hectare) reserve of meadows, woods, wetlands and […]

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Competition: win tickets to Kazuyo Sejima’s talk at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Competition: Dezeen has teamed up with New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art to offer readers the chance to win one of five pairs of tickets to a talk with Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima, co-founder of Sanaa. Taking place on 26 June, the lecture is part of the In Our Time series organised by Beatrice Galilee, […]

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SANAA triumphs in hotly contested Sydney Modern gallery competition

SANAA has been selected to design a new building for Art Gallery NSW in Sydney, ahead of architects including Kengo Kuma, David Chipperfield, Renzo Piano and Herzog & de Meuron. The Japanese firm, which is led by architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, saw off competition from 11 established studios to win the commission for the new landmark building at one of Australia’s […]

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Snøhetta and SANAA share first place in Budapest museum contest

Norwegian firm Snøhetta and Japanese studio SANAA have been awarded joint first place in a competition to design one of the five new museums planned for Budapest’s City Park (+ slideshow). The two firms were both named winners of the contest to design the New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum, although only one will be built. […]

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Court revokes planning permission for SANAA’s La Samaritaine revival

News: an appeals court has blocked the SANAA-designed renovation of iconic former department store La Samaritaine in Paris, which includes a wavy glass facade that critics have compared to a shower curtain. The court ruling effectively revokes part of the planning permission for the £368 million redevelopment planned by Japanese architect duo SANAA, causing building work to halt for the second time […]
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