Ryue started the studio SANAA in 1995 with Kazuyo Sejima. He, together with her, received the Pritzker Prize, as the youngest receivers ever. He, in parallel with SANAA, has his own studio since 1997.
Nishizawa has a very special ability to organize a program in completely new ways. The compositions focus on the spaces created for the users, and the projects are not seen as done without people’s interaction. The relation to the environment is thorough and refined and nature is often a very important part of the projects. The minimal expressions of the projects, monochrome and white are often highlighted with a garden as ornamentation.
HIROSHI SENJU MUSEUM 2011
The museum is located in Karuizawa, a city known for its nature. It is made for the artist Hiroshi Senju, who is a landscape painter. The museum captures the merging of art and nature.
The floor and roof of the building follow the topography of the place, so you feel the presence of the landscape. Large gardens inside the building invite nature and daylight inside. In this open landscape, Hiroshi's works are orchestrated in a way that makes you feel more like part of a public living room than a regular museum. It is a sensual place where the pace slows down and you are gently embraced in a way unlike other museums we have experienced.