In 2010, Sejima was awarded the Pritzker Prize, together with Ryue Nishizawa(SANAA), while during the same year she was the first woman appointed as director of the Venice Architecture Biennale.
Her designs are characterised by the importance of clean elements such as white, shiny surfaces, marble, glass and metal, with the intention of bringing and diffusing natural light.
Sejima also describes her buildings as being able to integrate and bring people together through open spaces that connect the interiors and exteriors, the natural and the artificial.
NISHINOYAMA HOUSE, KYOTO, 2013.
Nishinoyama House is a residential complex located in a suburban area of Kyoto, Japan. The scheme is characterized by its unifying structure which holistically connects ten properties, providing a series of internal gardens and alleyways, creating a fluid transition between interior and exterior.
The overarching canopy comprises 21 individually pitched roofs, which indicate the scale and size of neighboring homes , a modern approach which challenges the conventional housing models and at the same time echoes vernacular typologies.
Sejima's approach is not to initiate a rejection to tradition but intentionally overturn outmoded stereotypical housing models into common spaces that respect the identity of the habitats and simultaneously fit harmoniously into their urban surroundings. What fascinates us in her work is the way place in-forms structure, while at the same time structure offers new forms of contemporary living based on history.