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SANAA Selected to Design Hungary’s New National Gallery – Ludwig Museum

09:44 - 27 November, 2015
SANAA Selected to Design Hungary’s New National Gallery – Ludwig Museum , © SANAA
© SANAA

After having tied with Snøhetta in a restricted competition to design the New National Gallery -- Ludwig Museum in Budapest, SANAA’s proposal has ultimately been selected as the winner, following negotiations held over the past few months. The gallery and museum will be located in the 200-year-old Városliget (City Park) and are part of the larger Liget Budapest project, which seeks to revive the park by 2018 with the addition of five new museum buildings, including Sou Fujimoto’s House of Hungarian Music.

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 and Snøhetta Tie for Budapest's New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum

06:00 - 15 April, 2015
SANAA and Snøhetta Tie for Budapest's New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum, via inexhibit
via inexhibit

SANAA and Snøhetta have been jointly awarded first prize in a restricted competition to build a "New National Gallery - Ludwig Museum" in Budapest's 200-year-old Városliget (City Park). Lauded for their "equally outstanding" proposals, the winning teams will now meet with the jury to be judged "on professional and financial considerations."

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos and the joint proposal of Balázs Mihály's Architect Studio and the Faculty of Architecture of Budapest University of Technology and Economics were awarded second prize.

The competition is part of a larger cultural project that aims to renew the city's Városliget by 2018 with five new museum buildings built inside the expanded park area.

A closer look at the winning schemes, after the break. 

SANAA's Plans For La Samaritaine in Paris Blocked Once Again

00:00 - 14 January, 2015
SANAA's Plans For La Samaritaine in Paris Blocked Once Again, Rendering (2011). Image © SANAA
Rendering (2011). Image © SANAA

An appeals court has revoked permission for SANAA's restoration of the landmark Art Deco La Samaritaine department store in . The plans, which would see a comprehensive overhaul of the 19th-century structure that finally shut its doors in 2005 following four decades in decline, would create an all-new shopping centre and luxury hotel as part of a 70,000m² mixed use development.

The project, commissioned by the LVMH conglomerate - which owns brands like Dom Pérignon, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton and BVLGARI - was halted because "the wavy, etched-glass facade proposed [SANAA] did not meet local planning requirements and was out of character with the surrounding buildings." It is understood that La Samaritaine will now appeal to the Council of State, France's highest administrative court. The city of Paris has mentioned in a separate statement that it would also support this latest appeal.

SANAA Unveils Plans for New Downtown Arts & Design Campus in Jerusalem

00:00 - 10 June, 2013
SANAA Unveils Plans for New Downtown Arts & Design Campus in Jerusalem, © SANAA
© SANAA

Today, SANAA (Sejima & Nishizawa and Associates) unveiled plans for a 400,000 square-foot building in Jerusalem that will form a new, interdisciplinary downtown campus for the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. The competition-winning proposal, designed by the 2010 Pritzker laureates in collaboration with Israel’s Nir -Kutz Architects, features an array of stacked horizontal slabs that react to the area’s topography and surrounding context in order to create a series of outdoor terraced viewing platforms and multi-level interior spaces where students and teachers can meet, study and display their work.

More on the new SANAA-design downtown campus after the break...

Pritzker’s Challenge: Recognition in the Age of Creative Partnerships

00:00 - 2 May, 2013
Pritzker’s Challenge: Recognition in the Age of Creative Partnerships, Wang Shu receiving his Pritzker Award in 2012. Oddly, his wife and co-partner, Lu Wenyu, was not acknowledged.
Wang Shu receiving his Pritzker Award in 2012. Oddly, his wife and co-partner, Lu Wenyu, was not acknowledged.

The Pritzker Prize had idealistic beginnings: recognising achievement within architecture, a profession that had long lost its status in public opinion. Pritzker 'seamed' this fragmentation, celebrated the architect and broadcast this stellar contribution to society, as a creative, a singular author whose uniqueness set him/her apart from a field of practitioners.

The Prize has since assumed a role of gatekeeper to the 'starchitect' it once helped define. While it is inspiring that architecture as a profession has reaffirmed its status and cultural significance, The Pritzker places itself on an archi-centric proscenium, running the risk of being consumed by a synthetic reality within the profession. If Pritzker and other similar models of recognition are to evolve, they must illuminate widespread transformations in practice and emphasise the changing of the guard within the profession. 

Firstly, Denise Scott Brown should be recognised retrospectively. Opinion does not change facts.

Read more about the (d)evolution of the Pritzker Prize, after the break...

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