THINGSText: Eric Choo

The house, as metaphor of life and happiness, openness, a component of approach to the natural.

Kazuyo Seijima and Ryue Nishizawa are probably more well known for their work on the 21st Century Museum for Contemporary Art in Kanagawa, Japan when in reality they have done many works for many people ranging from museums to stores to private houses.


The book, SANAA Houses: Kazuyo Seijima + Ryue Nishizawa, focuses on the latter. The book is compiled by Agustin Perez Rubio, the chief curator of Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon (MUSAC), This book is the last contribution of an exhibit of the houses by Ryue Nishizawa, Kazuyo Seijima, and the entire SANAA office. The book consists of a introductory interview, pictures of uncompleted houses, a brief description of 5 completed houses, pictures of the completed houses and finally commentary on the works of the SANAA office in general.


The introduction features very colorful commentary and an interview by Agustin Perez Rubio with Kazuyo Seijima and Ryue Nishizawa. Illuminating much of the thought that goes behind the development of a project and the process in which the client and designer reach a mutual consensus on the final design of the house. They also touch on some of the history and influences of traditional Japanese architecture in SANAA’s work.

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