Evanescence architecture. Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2009 by SANAA

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SANAA.- Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa.
Design Team
SANAA Sam Chermayeff Lucy Styles Project & Construction Management: MACE, Stephen Pycroft, Gareth Lewis, Philip Solomon, Arsenio Cruz, David Tosh, Garet Estensen, Sheraz Khawar. Structural Engineering: Arup, Cecil Balmond, David Glover, Ed Clark, Mitsuhiro Kanada, Duncan Steel, Jeff Shaw, Christian Dercks, James Danegreen. Planning Supervisor: Lend Lease Projects, Simon Herrington. Quantity Surveyor: Davis Langdon, Paul Davis, Jonathan Dixon. Town Planning Consultants: DP9 Barnaby Collins. Sponsored by: NetJets Europe.
Arup Stanhope plc. Platinum Sponsor.- Mace Group.
Serpentine Galleries. Julia Peyton-Jones, Director. Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director.  Julie Burnell, Project Leader. Sophie O'Brien and Rebecca Morrill, Project Organisers.
Advisors.- Lord Palumbo, Chairman, Serpentine Board of Trustees. Zaha Hadid, Architect, Serpentine Board of Trustees. Peter Rogers, Director, Stanhope. Plc Mark Camley, Chief Executive, Royal Parks Agency. Westminster City Council Planning Office. Westminster City Council District. Surveyor's Office (Building Control) Westminster City Council (Licensing Authority). London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority London Region, English Heritage. Friends of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.
557 sqm.
Dimensions of Pavilion.
Footprint.- 557 sqm. Maximum height: 3.5m. Minimum height.- 1m
Structure and materials Stainless steel columns Aluminium and plywood composite roof Light grey concrete flooring.
Exhibition period.- July 2 to October 19, 2009. Construction period.- May 5 to July 9, 2009.
Construction period.- 5 May - 9 July 2009
Dismantling.- 20 October - 23 November 2009 (approximately 5 weeks)
Kensington Gardens, London, United Kingdom.


Kazuyo Sejima (Ibaraki, Japan, 1956) and Ryue Nishizawa (Kanagawa, Japan, 1966) worked independently from each other before founding the SANAA Ltd. studio in 1995. Having studied architecture at the Japan Women’s University, Sejima went on to work for the renowned architect Toyo Ito. She set up her own studio in 1987 and in 1992 was proclaimed Young Architect of the Year in Japan. Nishizawa studied architecture at the Yokohama National University. In addition to his work with Sejima, he has had his own practice since 1997.

The studio has built several extraordinarily successful commercial and institutional buildings, civic centres, homes and museums both in Japan and elsewhere. These include the O Museum in Nagano (1999) and the N Museum in Wakayama (1997), the Day-Care Center in Yokohama (2000), the Prada Beauty Store in Tokyo and Hong Kong (2001), the Issey Miyake and Christian Dior Building in Tokyo (2003) and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa (2004). Sejima also designed the famous Small House in Tokyo (2000), the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion, Toledo, Ohio (2001-2006), the extension to the Institut Valencia d’Art Modern, Valencia, Spain (2002 – ), the Zollverein School, Essen, Germany (2003-2006), the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2003-2007) and the Novartis Campus WSJ-157 Office Building, Basle, Switzerland (2003 – ).

In 2004 Sejima and Nishizawa were awarded the Golden Lion at the 9th Venice Architecture Biennale for their distinguished work on the Metamorph exhibition.

Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa have won the 2010 Pritzker Prize.

The 12th International Architecture Exhibition, was directed by Kazuyo Sejima, the first woman to direct the venice architecture biennale, since its inception in 1980.


Ryue Nishizawa and Kazuyo Sejima. Kazuyo Sejima




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