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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.