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Monday, March 29th, 2010

Inspiration Monday: SANAA


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What better time to be inspired by SANAA than the Monday after they won the Pritzker Prize? We’ve featured a few of their projects here on Hatch over the years, and it’s great to have this honor make us appreciate their entire body of work as a masterful collection. As you peruse their work, take note of the way they handle the relationship between inside and out, and how they work with surface and its qualities of reflection, transparency, and tranlucency. It’s a constant play that pays meticulous attention to views. I also appreciate the way they consider the context of their built works. I’m kind of bummed that I’m writing this after perusing only photos, and that I’ve never experienced one of their spaces anywhere but in two-dimensions. First on my list: DIOR in Tokyo! ;)

Anyway, the first time they popped up on my radar was with the The Toledo Glass Pavilion:

One project that created a ton of buzz here in the states was the Jenga-like New York Museum of Contemporary Art in Hell’s Kitchen:

One I had not seen until I started poking around on the interwebs was the Zollverein School:

Congratulations to Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA!

All images from e-architect, except for first New York Museum of Contemporary Art picture from here. Be sure to check out the photo media kit on the Pritzker site as well.

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  1. liza says:

    March 29th, 2010 at 5:50 pm (#)

    And I’ll add the Museum of Contemporary Art to the back-East trip, too!

  2. Becky says:

    March 29th, 2010 at 8:11 pm (#)

    Liza, it made me realize I haven’t been to Manhattan since it was built! Sad!

  3. KC says:

    February 27th, 2011 at 3:22 pm (#)

    Love SANAA! However, The New Museum is not in Hell’s Kitchen. It is on Bowery at Prince street.

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