Sejima and Nishizawa's pioneering buildings have created an architecture that marries aesthetic simplicity with technical complexity, defining a new architectural language which plays with light and perception. Sought after by high-profile clients the world over, from the Louvre-Lens Museum, France, to the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, USA, SANAA's projects are often open or transparent structures which make visible the connection between the building, the inhabitants and the surrounding environment. SANAA's architectural prizes include the Golden Lion in the 9th Venice Architecture Biennale, 2004, for their remarkable work in the exhibition Metamorph; the 46th Mainichi Shinbun Arts Award (Architecture Category), 2005; and Shock Prize in the Visual Arts, 2005.
Courtesy of Serpentine Gallery.