This year's Pritzker winner was announced yesterday, and Japanese duo Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, partners in SANAA, will take home architecture's highest award. For most people, their most recognizable recent project is probably the much-talked about New Museum on the Bowery in New York, a building our sibling Curbed NY has been fairly obsessed with since its inception. Other notable projects from SANAA include the Rolex Learning Center in Lausanne, Switzerland, the O Museum in Nagano, Japan, and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan. Covering the win over the weekend, here's how LA Times critic Christopher Hawthorne describes their work: "SANAA's buildings, located in Japan, the U.S. and Europe, are known for a reticent, ethereal and nearly weightless quality, often pairing pure-white interiors with broad expanses of glass. The firm's best projects are both delicate and uncommonly rigorous, with a nearly obsessive attention to detailing and execution." And he points out the win is notable because the Pritzker has been awarded to a woman just once (Zaha Hadid), and just twice to a duo of architects (Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron; Gordon Bunshaft and Oscar Niemeyer). Inhabitat has a stellar slide show of SANAA's work.
· SANAA partners are joint winners of Pritzker Prize [LA Times]
· 2010 Pritzker Awarded to Sanaa [Inhabitat]