Japanese architects win 2010 Pritzker Prize

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KAZUYO Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, partners in the architectural firm, SANAA, have been chosen as the 2010 Laureates of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. The Pritzker Prize, considered the highest honour in architecture, is regarded by many as equivalent to the Nobel Prize. Sejima and Nishizawa are the fourth Pritzker laureates to be chosen from Japan after Kenzo Tange, Fumihiko Maki and Tadao Ando.

 
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Sejima, 54, and Nishizawa, 44, were honored for work that included art museums, university buildings and designer-label fashion boutiques in Japan, the United States and Europe. "We want to make architecture that people like to use," said Sejima.
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While most of their work is in Japan, Sejima and Nishizawa have designed projects in Germany, England, Spain, France, the Netherlands and the US, under their combined name SANAA. The first SANAA project in the US began construction in 2004 in Ohio – a Glass Pavilion for the Toledo Museum of Art. Completed in 2006, it houses the museum’s vast collection of glass artworks, reflecting the city’s history when it was a major centre of glass production.
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"They explore like few others the phenomenal properties of continuous space, lightness, transparency and materiality," the jurors wrote. "They seek the essential qualities of architecture that result in a much-appreciated straightforwardness, economy of means and restraint." The jury also mentioned the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology's newly opened Rolex Learning Center, a single-story slab-like concrete and glass structure that undulates over a four acre site, punctured in places to let light enter the massive open space that makes up its interior.
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"We're always thinking, 'How we can open up the architecture to the people or to the surroundings that each project has?' This is one of the reasons why our architecture becomes open and transparent and light," Nishizawa said. "This is just to allow people to come in and to allow people to stay within the building as they like," he said. "The architecture is like a park."

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OMA wins Québec museum expansion

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The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has won the competition to design a major expansion to the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ). OMA's MNBAQ expansion, which will be linked underground with the museum's three existing buildings, is located on Quebec's main promenade, Grande-Allée, adjacent to St. Dominique Church. The design aims to integrate it with the surrounding park and initiate new links with the city.



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The 12,000 sq. m. new building, a cascade of three overlapping boxes at the juncture of downtown Quebec City and the historic Battlefields Park, will be OMA’s first built project in Canada. Construction is expected to be completed in fall 2013.
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The three stacked galleries vary in size, as you can see on the axo and models included below: contemporary exhibitions (50m x 50m), the permanent contemporary collection (45m x 35m) and design / Inuit exhibits (42.5m x 25m). The cantilever over the street creates the grand hall, a 14m tall transparent space connected to the park, starting point of an ascending path trough the boxes.
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Shohei Shigematsu commented: "Our ambition is to create a dramatic new presence for the city, while maintaining a respectful, even stealthy approach to the museum's neighbours and the existing museum. The resulting form of cascading gallery boxes enhances the museum experience by creating a clarity in circulation and curation while allowing abundant natural light into the galleries."
The other firms on the short list were:
• Barkow Leibinger Architekten/Imrey Culbert Architects, Berlin and New York
• Brière, Gilbert et Associés/Nieto Sobejano, Montreal, Quebec
• Fichten Soiferman et Associés Architectes/Allied Works Architecture, Montreal, Quebec
• Groupe ARCOP/David Chipperfield Architects, London, England
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