Kazuyo Sejima – Design Perfection

If you, as the same as Colección Interiorismo, consider that in simplicity lays perfection, we are sure that once you know the incredible work of Kazuyo Sejima, you will transform, as us, in one of her faithful followers.

The History of Kazuyo Sejima


Kazuyo Sejima, Japanese architect born in 1956, began working with Toyo Ito, a very well-known architect whose work is based on the dissolution of the physical and the virtual worlds, and who gave her the necessary inspiration to start with Ryue Nishizawa the architectural studio named SANNA (Sejima + Nishizawa and Associates) in Tokyo.

But what small detail in her history powerfully claims the attention of Colección Interiorismo? It´s her first approach with architecture, as it is told that in her childhood she got enchanted by the image of the Kikutake´s Sky House in a magazine. And the special thing of this “love at first sight” lays in the susceptibility that we can admire in her since she was a child, by recognizing the value of one of the best pieces of the metabolist and Le Corbusier movements, being a house with a so flexible structure that spreads by itself the idea of the “house as a machine for living”.

The Work of Kazuyo Sejima

Gabinete de Arquitectura G&G

For Colección Interiorismo, Kazuyo Sejima´s work is fundamentally based on the idea of conceptualizing and materializing a space where the material and abstract dimensions cohabit, a spiritual place that transports and at the same time lives along with the essence of its inhabitants and objectives.

And how does this can be achieved? Incorporating ambiguous and almost doubtful elements in her works, unexplainable in plains, but transcendental in its materialization.

Colección Interiorismo also admires this great concept in her unique form of using glass, creating asymmetrical extensions that create reflections and fragmented spaces, which amplify even more the abstract vision of her work, creating dreamy images that seem to adopt impossible forms.

Kazuyo Sejima and SANAA continuously talk about “working with a fourth dimension”, phrase that perfectly explains her work; we can find a sense of humor in her compositions, not everything is what it seems, and its esthetic (although it doesn´t fight with utility) talks about the misrepresentation of the object, transforming it into a livable but also deserving of reflexion pieces, as the works that we will see:

Perfect Images – Rolex Learning Center, Lausana Switzerland

Eduardo Perez Frankfurt

A learning center which seems to have an almost perfect continuity, due to the fact that the spaces in its frontiers are so subtlety that almost go unnoticed. In Colección Interiorismo, we also highlight the incredible use of glass, creating luminous wells and reflectors that stick out the esthetic, making an expressive invitation for taking a walk through it.

Perfect Images – Christian Dior Building, Tokyo

Blog Arquitectura y Diseño

A building that beyond its simplicity seems to be dressed in haute couture through an illumination achieved by a layer of translucent acrylic whose opacity uses the different shades of day light, causing a luminous effect that seems to wrap the building. Another perfect detail for Colección Interiorismo? The dressing rooms, which use real time spacial projections of the users instead of mirrors, a whole perceptual experience.

Perfect Images – Louvre Museum, Lens

Plataforma Arquitectura

We can have another perfect example of intelligent architecture by visualizing this construction, that although is made of glass and steel, achieves to merge with its environment using its transparency and softing its lines with curves that seem to melt in the hills.

Perfect Images – New Museum, New York 

Multido Arquitectos

One of her most dynamic and dramatic compositions, it is made by six “boxes” that seem to rotate in different axes of a same figure, which by the way have a great impact in the internal galleries by having different conditions of light, climate and height, making it a dynamic experience according to the time and moment when it´s visited.

Perfect Images – Serpentine Pavilion, London

Serpentine Gallery

Beautiful construction that seen from the above seems to be a big cloud or a floating pool, but entangled in the structure and up to the trees that surrounds it, and which transparency lets the entrance of a faithful reflection of nature.

2010 Pritzker Award

In the year 2010, along with her studio, she won the Pritzker Award (the Architecture Nobel) with the Contemporary Art Museum of the XXI Century of Kanazawa; this building was created based in a series of boxes (each one a building or a module) inserted in a circular “skin”, which through its simple geometry achieves a system where the private and public spaces almost fuse, accomplishing a work full of openness and vitality through transposition. Incredible work that reunites all her essence, but also the timelessness searched by architecture.

Kazuyo Sejima: Design Perfection

After all that we talked, we hope that you, as Colección Interiorismo, can get closer to the vision of the work of this incredible architect, but also to her comprehension, its abstraction will lead you to recognize her in any part of the world.

The Architecture is an inhabited sculpture.

Constantin Brancusi