Canopy: Gathering Space (Kazuyo Sejima)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall

Canopy: Gathering Space (Kazuyo Sejima)
Kazuyo Sejima

Response by Dean Amale Andraos

In her first appearance at GSAPP since 2007, Kazuyo Sejima presents recent work by SANAA, the Tokyo-based firm she founded with Ryue Nishizawa in 1995. Their international portfolio includes the seven stacked boxes of the New Museum on Manhattan’s Bowery, whose porous aluminum facade captured the zeitgeist—New York Times called it a “striking expression of the neighborhood’s warring identities”—as well as retail and exhibition spaces in Japan, the US, and London’s Hyde Park, where SANAA designed the Serpentine Pavilion in 2009. Elsewhere, she has shared the 2010 Pritzker Prize, directed the 12th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, and debuted the Rolex Learning Centre at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, which Justin McGuirk likened to a pinball machine, indoor ski slope, traditional college green, plant cells replicating, and slice of Emmental that “dissolve[s] any distinctions between formal and casual spaces, between classrooms and corridors, between work and rest.”


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