Kazuyo Sejima of SANAA architects – strong firsts

Highly acclaimed Kazuyo Sejima, a Japanese architect, didn’t need the women’s march to draw attention. Through her work, she continually got noticed and recognized in the industry.

Clean modernist female architect, Kazuyo Sejima loves glass, marble and metal. She combines these materials to create reflections of the outside world and of the inner self. Many of her projects sport large windows that sometimes double as walls to create a fluidity between interiors and exteriors.Probably her most famous projects are the Rolex Learning Center in Switzerland, the Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio and the Nishinoyama House in Kyoto. Together with her work partner Ryue Nishizawa, she and SANAA, their firm, received the Pritzker Price in 2010. Kazuyo Sejima is the second woman who was ever acknowledged. The same year, she directed the architecture sector of the Venice Biennale which only runs every two years. At the Biennale the industry and the public get a glance at trends and innovations in architecture around the world. The Biennale chairman Paolo Baratta called Kazuyo Sejima a “new master of architecture”. Not only that, but she was also the first woman to every hold this position.Her buildings are world-famous and now Kazuyo Sejima also dives into designing trains. Engaged by Hitachi her ideas for seven vehicles comprising of eight-car express train cars for Seibu Railway will be introduced to the public by 2018 and 2019.
While she says of herself: “I am just interested I making architecture”, it is apparent that she strives for an integration of buildings and nature and a balance and serenity for the viewer.

Source pictures: courtesy of Monocle, Dezeen.

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