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SANAA is a Tokyo-based architecture firm known for its nature-inspired design solutions. Founded in 1995 by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, the firm has forged a highly regarded body of work that includes cultural, retail, institutional, and residential projects. Some of SANAA's highest-profile commissions include Dior's Tokyo flagship (2004); New Museum in New York (2007); The annex to the Toledo Museum of Art (2006); the 2009 edition of the Serpentine Pavilion; and the EFPL Rolex Learning Center (2010). In 2010, SANAA won the Pritzker Prize, the architecture profession's highest honor. The jury cited the firm's ability to create structures that are "simultaneously delicate and powerful, precise and fluid, ingenious but not overly or overtly clever; for the creation of buildings that successfully interact with their contexts and the activities they contain, creating a sense of fullness and experiential richness." SANAA continues to receive accolades and in 2015 beat Snohetta for the commission of the National Gallery of Hungary and--ahead of competitors Kengo Kuma, David Chipperfield, Renzo Piano, and Herzog & de Meuron--also won the commission for the Art Gallery NSW in Sydney, Australia. The momentum continued with a March 2016 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, which examined SANAA's place in the Japanese architectural canon.

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