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Both in her solo firm of Kazuyo Sejima & Associates and her collaborative practice with Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA), a common thread can be found in Sejima's buildings: an artistic balance and investigation of minimalism and skin/transparency. In the latter's more high-profile commissions, such as the completed Dior building in Tokyo and the New New Museum now under construction in New York, simple boxes are divided and stacked in unique ways and then veiled in a soft skin that gives them an ethereal quality. In this civic project in Onishi, Japan, transparency reigns, as does an organic plan.

Onishi Hall in Onishi, Japan by Kazuyo Sejima & Associates

2005.12.19