Ryue Nishizawa is a prominent Japanese architect established in Tokyo along with the youngest legatee of the Pritzker Prize in 2010. In addition, he is also the co-founder of the notable firm SANAA (Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates) with the architect Kazuyo Sejima. Ryue Nishizawa said that “I am always inside the Architecture that I Design.”

And he truly believed that his human perception should intensify with the blend of nature with the means of architecture. His approach towards the process of design is more likely tangible such as he grasps his ideas with his observant skills from models. His projects are deeply interconnected with nature and impart their essence with appropriate building materials.

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Ideology and Philosophy

Ryue Nishizawa quotes: “There is nothing bad to fear; once you have crossed that threshold, all is well.” His idea of life is daring enough to seize calculated risk and create somewhat box-like buildings, which are efficient enough to ensure the balance of the surroundings with nature. The materials have opted after their entirety synopsis over the characteristics. For instance, paint has functioned as a method of reflecting light, weather-resistant panes, etc. 

He also believes that Japanese people understand that the artificial world belongs to nature. There is no clear boundary. Therefore, the projects comprise artificial constructional elements, instead of imitating the biological disguise and escort the contemporary nudge in his designs.

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While perceiving his buildings, the bare soil is noticed to be diffused with substantial plants in expression pattern with not evenly chopped trees appearing wild. As he remarked, “Nature, I imagine, is more alive, wilder. This is true even for a really small plant; the sense of being wild and alive is important.” 

In commercial buildings, a green façade is a usual vogue. His idea was to create nature lively in his buildings. The design was weaved with experience & experiments not on supposition, the architectural elements preferred are not impertinent, finest elements also play a vital role in the projects.

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SANAA (Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates)

SANAA was established in 1995 by architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa is international—recognized for its milky, light buildings stranded behind the architects. It is multi-award-winning architecture practice, world-famous for unsophisticated designs, but radiating a deep purpose. The ideology is inspired by the belief that the artificial belongs to nature. 

The projects designed here are raising the bar in the industry, the exceptional & extraordinary behavior of designs even though additional operational difficulties are experienced. Few renowned projects are Apartments on Ave. Marechal Fayolle, AD Classics: New Museum, Grace Farms, and Factory Building on the Vitra Campus, louver-lens (Cultural Space), Rolex Learning Center, and so forth. 

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Work and Style

Shenzhen Maritime Museum was designed with the idea of replicating with clouds. The form of the museum was conceptualized with the assemblage of low-lying lattice domes screened with aperture stainless-steel enmesh. “Structurally, the hemispherical dome space is designed as a glass sphere to introduce natural light and an opaque sphere to shield the natural light,” said SANAA. 

While in Hiroshi Senju Museum, intense human perceptions are observed, the mutual understanding of projects depicted their considerations of spaces in time, succession, and iterations of day-to-day life.

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The Moriyama House expresses subtle procedures in terms of functionality. The house revolved around the idea of a comforting user- interface. With spacious living areas, segregated linear spaces clustered to form apartments garbled across the site. Nishizawa blended the spaces with natural elements, such as raw ground and varying plants, from cultivated to wild. The rooftops are approachable for a magnificent scenic view & a sense of peace delivered by the interstitial spaces incorporated in the design.

Ryue Nishizawa denoted the building as public and private while it is designed with the mutual approach of relativity & complexity between the two. Moreover, it exemplifies varying forms of modern architecture and turns out to be a persuasive building in Tokyo.

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In London, the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion was also designed by SANAA in 2009. The design evolved with the idea of floating aluminum, amidst trees depicting smoke. The billows of canopies are also ascertained across the site with the extending edges to the sky. The exceptional aspect of the design is it is aesthetic, which is the change in appearance with the change in weather. The people have a great time here & experience peace & relaxation from the stress.

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As quoted by Ryue Nishizawa, “Our life patterns change. If we lose cars for example, if we lose the computer, there would be many changes inside and out. But there are some things which won’t change: for instance, gravity, or summer typhoons in Japan.”

Henceforth, he believes that the influence of nature in his designs & mundane comprehension can build lively spaces to live & experience. He further asserts that architecture will have to adapt to humans in the future for a better world to live in.

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Srajati is an explorer with a bundle of nerves; Architecture to her is a paradigm of service & opinions are her ruling passion. A scribbler exploring endless stories believes in sharing them with the world around to connect architecture with all that is.