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Kazuyo Sejima & Associates: The Latest Architecture and News

Renowned Japanese Architects and Artists Create A Series of Pavilions in Tokyo in Celebration of the Olympics

Accompanying the ongoing Olympics, Pavilion Tokyo 2021 invited Japanese architects and artists, including Kazuyo Sejima, Sou Fujimoto, Junya Ishigami and Yayoi Kusama, to envision nine temporary structures to be placed in various locations around the National Stadium designed by Kengo Kuma. The initiative showcases experimental interventions within the urban landscape that illustrate a playful take on public space. Also participating in the project are Terunobu Fujimori, Akihisa Hirata, Teppei Fujiwara, as well as artists Makoto Aida and Daito Manabe + Rhizomatiks.

Kokage-gumo by Junya Ishigami. Image © Shuji GotoCloud pavilion by Sou Fujimoto. Image © Shuji GotoTokyo Castle / Makoto Aida. Image © ToLoLo studioSTREET GARDEN THEATER / Teppei Fujiwara. Image © ToLoLo studio+ 17

Kazuyo Sejima Appointed as President of the International Jury of the Biennale Architettura 2021

The Board of Directors of the 2021 Venice Biennale has appointed Kazuyo Sejima as president of the international jury, in charge of awarding mainly the Golden Lion for Best National Participation, the Golden Lion for the Best participant, and the Silver Lion for a promising young participant. In addition, they have also selected four other jury members from Peru, Lebanon, Ghana-Scotland, and Italy. The Awards Ceremony will take place in Venice on Monday, August 30th, 2021.

Lamia Joreige ArtesMundi CU photo by PollyThomas. Image Courtesy of La Biennale Architettura 2021Molinari 2 - Photo Alberto Cristofari. Image Courtesy of La Biennale Architettura 2021Lesley Lokko © Murdo McLeod. Image Courtesy of La Biennale Architettura 2021Sandra Barclay - Jean Pierre Crousse. Image Courtesy of La Biennale Architettura 2021+ 6

Spotlight: SANAA

Founded in 1995 by architects Kazuyo Sejima (born 29 October 1956) and Ryue Nishizawa (born 7 February 1966), SANAA is world-renowned for its white, light buildings grounded in the architects’ Japanese cultural origins. Despite the white exteriors, their architecture is far from modernist; the constant incorporation of ambiguity and doubt in SANAA’s buildings is refreshing and playful, taking the reflective properties of glass and brightness of white to a new level.

Grace Farms / SANAA. Image © Dean KaufmanLouvre Lens / SANAA. Image © Julien LanooGlass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art / SANAA. Image © Iwan BaanNew Museum / SANAA. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu+ 12

Video: Office Building in Shibaura / Kazuyo Sejima & Associates

Captured by JA+U, this short film takes you on a tour through a 2011, Kazuyo Sejima & Associates-designed office space in Shibaura, Tokyo. Open and transparent, the five double-height, split-level floors are designed to visually connect movement throughout the space, from the ground level public cafe to the generous outdoor terrace on the fifth floor.