Sydney Modern by Sanaa

Sanaa’s expansion to the Art Gallery of New South Wales spans the deep lanes of the city’s freeway and creates open spaces, primarily for contemporary Australian art. The new terraced landscape park forms a visual link between the existing 19th-century building with Jørn Utzon’s opera house. In contrast, when visitors tour the exhibition spaces, they hardly notice the architecture. Beneath the thin, flat roofs, their gaze moves over Sydney Harbour through the delicate steel supports and highly transparent glass facades. The museum is more like a covered hanging garden than a building.

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Sanaa architects Ryue Nishizawa and Kazuyo Sejima in the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ new building, 2022, © Hugh Stewart

Sanaa is an architectural practice headed by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, established in 1995. An early landmark project was the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa (2004). The park-like space that blends with the city has become widely loved by tourists and locals alike. Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa have received numerous awards, including the renowned Pritzker Prize (2010), the Architectural Institute of Japan Award (2006) and the Praemium Imperiale award for architecture (2022).

Architecture: SANAA, Tokyo (JP), sanaa.co.jp, Architectus, Sydney (AU)

Video: © Art Gallery New South Wales
Photo: Installation view of Karla Dickens To see or not to see 2022, © Karla Dickens, photo © Art Gallery New South Wales, Diana Panuccio 


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