The Architecture to Change a City
Towada Art Center is pleased to announce the launch of the Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa SANAA Exhibition. The museum was designed by Ryue Nishizawa, one of the leading architects in Japan today, and will celebrate its fifth anniversary this year. The architecture of Towada Art Center reflects the museum’s concepts of both “a museum open to Towada city” and “an open space for providing new experiences through art.” The building functions as a creative hub in, of, and for the area.
This exhibition introduces activities by SANAA, the architectural duo comprised of Ryue Nishizawa and Kazuyo Sejima, as well as projects undertaken by each of the architects. Around 40 models and drawings of buildings around the world, mainly museums, are on display. In an additional video work, SANAA also proposes an architecture for a new age and a relationship between locality and architecture.
Statement from Ryue Nishizawa
The SANAA exhibition will be held as part of the Towada Art Center’s fifth anniversary project and the Office of Ryue Nishizawa is honored to design the space composition for the show. We have considered the spatial individuality of the art center and have decided to draw upon its resting place and corridors, as well as its exhibition rooms. The exhibits will include Sejima and Nishizawa’s personal works as well as SANAA’s projects, with the aim of expressing the expansion of SANAA’s architectural world in mind. The format of the displays will be simple: models, plans, sketches, and films. All of these are tools which architects use for work on a daily basis and are the most basic language for architectural expression. By making use of these fundamental materials, we hope to show both how architects think and how imagination develops in an architecturally creative working environment.