The Upper Floor

TOTO GALLERY·MA (Tokyo, Japan) is currently holding the exhibition “Architecture & Environment” by Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA (through March 20, 2022). As this exhibition features projects by Kazuyo Sejima, Ryue Nishizawa and SANAA (Sejima and Nishizawa’s joint works) around the world, you will be able to experience a variety of “environment” that surrounded each project. (Go to the main page to read the entire story.) This page shows pictures of the upper floor, which featured large-scale projects with some design pieces with real size scale so that visitors could learn how they materialized their ideas into reality. If the first floor was SANAA’s philosophical approach towards environment, the upper floor shows how they bring them into real life.

The New Kagawa Prefectural Gymnasium: SANAA, 2021

SANAA was selected to design the new Kagawa Prefectural Gymnasium planned to be completed in 2023. As the area is located between uniquely beautiful Seto Naikai (Inland Sea) and Sanuki Mountain range, SANAA designed the building to become a new landmark that is in harmony with the beaches, mountains, and skies.

Study models for the new Kagawa Prefectural Gymnasium.

The Suzhou Lion Mountain Square Art Theater: SANAA, 2021

SANAA was selected to design the Shenzhen Maritime Museum from an international competition. An extensive museum complex will be sitting on a beautiful site next to wetlands, and between mountains and a bay. In order to dissolve into uniquely rich natural environment that made Shenzhen one of the busiest ports in the world, SANAA proposed “the cloud on the ocean.” From above, the entire complex looks like clouds as shallow hemispheric roofs that come in different sizes and materials (some are transparent, some are translucent and some are opaque) are loosely connected to each other. Inside the buildings, visitors will be able to enjoy different services the museum offer by taking advantage of different intensity of light coming through hemispheric roofs and glass windows and the shades it creates.

The O-Project: SANAA, 2020

The O-Project is a hotel complex planned on large premises in Europe. Rectangular buildings that come in different sizes have long-shell vaults supported by four pillars. They are covered by concrete slabs 150mm thick, and can be as wide as 17 meters. Such structure allows to design the interior flexibly to meet different needs; some rooms are small/narrow, some areas are used as large terraces.

The Puyuan Design and Event Center: Sazuyo Sejima & Associates, 2021

The Puyuan Design Center is set to be constructed in a small island in a river system that runs through the city of Puyuan, China. Sejima plans on covering the entire island with glass (only 150 meters long) so that the island as a whole becomes a piece of architecture. Each module will be as small as 30mm, which fits our physical size even though the entire structure will become large. They will reflect the surrounding environment that includes river, buildings, trees or skies.

The river system, the island, the cover and the design of the modules used for the cover.

Left: The design of the modules used for the cover.
Right: Study models for joints that support the structure. They may be produced using 3D printer to accommodate different factors that go into each joint.

The Shochikucho House: Office of Ryue Nishizawa, 2015