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AD Classics: New Museum / SANAA

22:00 - 14 October, 2018
AD Classics: New Museum / SANAA, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

This article was originally published on July 22, 2016. To read the stories behind other celebrated architecture projects, visit our AD Classics section.

The New Museum is the product of a daring vision to establish a radical, politicized center for contemporary art in New York City. With the aim of distinguishing itself from the city’s existing art institutions through a focus on emerging artists, the museum’s name embodies its pioneering spirit. Over the two decades following its foundation in 1977, it gained a strong reputation for its bold artistic program, and eventually outgrew its inconspicuous home in a SoHo loft. Keen to establish a visual presence and to reach a wider audience, in 2003 the Japanese architectural firm SANAA was commissioned to design a dedicated home for the museum. The resulting structure, a stack of rectilinear boxes which tower over the Bowery, would be the first and, thus far, the only purpose-built contemporary art museum in New York City.[1]

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Grace Farms / SANAA

10:00 - 14 October, 2015
Grace Farms / SANAA, © Dean Kaufman
© Dean Kaufman

© Dean Kaufman © Dean Kaufman © Dean Kaufman © Dean Kaufman + 36

SANAA Chosen to Design New Building for Sydney's Art Gallery of New South Wales

12:20 - 28 May, 2015
SANAA Chosen to Design New Building for Sydney's Art Gallery of New South Wales , © SANAA
© SANAA

A scheme by Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA has been unanimously selected as winner of an invited competition to design a new building for Sydney's Art Gallery of New South Wales. The Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese practice was chosen over 11 others for its "subtle" series of pavilions that are designed to "sit lightly on the land" in order to respect the "extraordinary beauty" of the culturally renowned site.

“The subtle profile of the pavilions complements and preserves the history of the existing Gallery building creating spaces that bring people together and foster a sense of community, imagination and openness,” said Art Gallery of New South Wales Director Dr Michael Brand. “The concept is futurist in its thinking about art museums and the visitor experience and will be transformative for the Gallery and for Sydney."

SANAA’s First US Commission Since Pritzker, “The River” Underway in Connecticut

01:00 - 21 November, 2014
SANAA’s First US Commission Since Pritzker, “The River” Underway in Connecticut, Exterior view of The River. Image Courtesy of Grace Farms and SANAA
Exterior view of The River. Image Courtesy of Grace Farms and SANAA

“The River,” SANAA’s first US commission since winning the 2010 Pritzker Prize, is currently underway in Connecticut. Designed by the Japanese practice in collaboration with OLIN, the meandering and almost transparent building will be built on a 75-acre preserve as a multi-use platform for events and initiatives put on by the community of New Canaan and non-profit Grace Farms Foundation.

“We are thrilled that Grace Farms will begin welcoming the public in autumn 2015,” Sharon Prince, president of the Grace Farms Foundation stated. 

Exterior view of the living and dining room. Image Courtesy of Grace Farms and SANAA Interior view of the dining room. Image Courtesy of Grace Farms and SANAA Aerial. Image Courtesy of Grace Farms and SANAA Grace Farms under construction October 2014. Image © Dean Kaufman + 20

Factory Building on the Vitra Campus / SANAA

01:00 - 23 April, 2013
Factory Building on the Vitra Campus / SANAA, Photo by Christian Richters © Vitra
Photo by Christian Richters © Vitra

Photo by Julien Lanoo © Vitra © Human Wu © Human Wu Photo by Nicole Berganski © Vitra + 25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Weil am Rhein, Germany
  • Category

  • Architectural Planning

    Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa
  • Architectural Execution

    Mayer Bährle Freie Architekten BDA, Lörrach, Germany; in partnership with nkbak, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Project Team

    SANAA team: Takayuki Hasegawa, Marieke Kums (ex-staff); nkbak team: Nicole Kerstin Berganski, Andreas Krawczyk; Mayer Bährle Freie Architekten BDA
  • Area

    20455.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Louvre Lens / SANAA

13:00 - 29 December, 2012
Louvre Lens / SANAA, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo + 30

New Art Museum / SANAA

00:00 - 28 July, 2010
New Art Museum / SANAA, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

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  • Architects

  • Location

    235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002, USA
  • Category

  • Architect

    SANAA
  • Project Leadership

    Saul Dennison, Chairman, Board of Trustees, New Museum; Lisa Phillips, Toby Devan Lewis Director, New Museum; Lisa Roumell, Deputy Director, New Museum
  • Architect Of Record

    Gensler Architects
  • Project Management

    Plaza Construction Corporation, New York City
  • Structural Engineers

    Guy Nordenson Associates, Simpson Gumperts & Heger Inc., New York City
  • Client

    New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City; Zubatkin Owner Representation
  • Lights And Illumination

    Arup
  • Year Of Enchargement

    2002
  • Area

    58700.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

Rolex Learning Center / SANAA

00:00 - 22 March, 2010
Rolex Learning Center / SANAA, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

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