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Kitagata Housing project by SANAA
Zollverein School of Management and Design (Essen/Germany) by SANAA
Christian Dior building, Omotesandō
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, 2009
The EPFL Learning Centre, Lausanne (Switzerland).

SANAA (Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates) is an architectural firm based in Tokyo, Japan. It was founded in 1995 by architects Kazuyo Sejima (1956–) and Ryue Nishizawa (1966–), who were awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2010.[1] Notable works include the Toledo Museum of Art's Glass Pavilion in Toledo, Ohio; the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York; the Rolex Learning Center at the EPFL in Lausanne; the Serpentine Pavilion in London; the Christian Dior Building in Omotesandō, Tokyo; the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa; the Louvre-Lens Museum in France; and the Bocconi New Campus in Milan.


Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa founded SANAA in 1995. They later won the Golden Lion in 2004 for the most significant work in the Ninth International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.[2] In 2010, they were awarded the Pritzker Prize, which made Sejima the second woman to win this prize.[3]

Grace Farms Designed by SANAA. New Canaan, CT.



  • The Museum of Contemporary Art (Not Built/Project Only) - 1997 to 1999 - Sydney, Australia


  • House for the CIPEA (China International Practical Exhibition of Architecture) - 2004 to Present - Nanjing, China





  • Issey Miyake Store by Naoki Takizawa - 2003 - Tokyo, Japan
  • Naoshima Ferry Terminal - 2003 to 2006 - Kagawa, Japan


  • De Kunstlinie Theater & Cultural Center - 1998 to 2006 - Almere, Netherlands
  • Lumiere Park Café - 1999 to Present - Almere, Netherlands


  • Proposal for Reclaiming Salerno's Inner City - 1999 to Present - Italy
  • Prada Beauty Store - 2000 - Arezzo, Italy
  • Installation for the Japan Pavilion at the Venice Biennale - 2000 - Venice, Italy


  • Extension to the Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno - 2002 to Present - Valencia, Spain


  • Extension to the Rietberg Museum (Not Built/Project Only) - 2002 - Zurich, Switzerland
  • Novartis Office Building - 2003 to Present - Basel, Switzerland
  • Rolex Learning Center at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne - 2004 to 2010 - Lausanne, Switzerland


United States


SANAA's work was included in the exhibition City of Girls in the Japanese Pavilion at the 2000 Venice Biennale and in the Garden Cafe at the 7th International Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul, Turkey. Their work has also been exhibited at Zumtobel Staff-Lichtforum, Vienna, Austria; Institut Valencia d'Art Modern, Valencia, Spain; Zeche Zollverein, Essen, Germany; Gallery MA, Tokyo, Japan; N-museum, Wakayama, Japan and New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. SANAA has been awarded the Golden Lion for the most remarkable work in the exhibition Metamorph in the 9th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia in 2004, the 46th Mainichi Shinbun Arts Award (Architecture Category) in 2005, and the Schock Prize in the visual arts, also in 2005. In 2010, Sejima and Nishizawa were awarded the Pritzker Prize, the highest of honours in architecture.[1]


  1. ^ a b Pritzker Prize 2010 Laureates, retrieved 29 March 2010
  2. ^ "Venice Architecture Biennial 2004 Awards". Architecture Viva.
  3. ^ Nonie Niesewand (March 2015). "Through the Glass Ceiling". Architectural Digest.


Grace Farms Interior, with floor to ceiling windows.

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