Moritz Kung (ed.). Walter Niedermayr, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa. Sanaa. Ostfildern, Hatje Cantz, 2007.
Bound, hardcover, 148pp., 30x30.5cm., 78 photographic illlustrations in col., in very good condition (binding with slight traces of use). ISBN: 9783775718905.
This large-format volume is the first to document the long-term collaboration of Italian photographer Walter Niedermayr (1952) and Tokyo architects Kazuyo Sejima (1956) and Ryue Nishizawa (1966), who operate under the name SANAA. Niedermayr is especially known around the world for his pale photographs of alpine landscapes, SANAA for the minimalistic, ephemeral effects of their buildings. In each of their disciplines they pursue an artistically abstract approach to investigating architecture and space according to their coexistence, layers, and constructs. Photographs and plans show how the monolithic and the fragmentary, the hermetic and the porous, the amorphous and the solid lead to ever-changing spatial relationships and atmospheres. SANAA's architecture and the photographs of it avoid sensationalism and drama. Rather, they help the viewer develop a sense for the architecture, the essentials of space, and the relativity of the visible. Walter Niedermayr is known for his photographs of alpine landscapes in blinding light, as well as his large-scale multi-panel works. The Tokyo architects SANAA (the team of Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa) are known for their Minimalist and even ephemeral-seeming buildings, a portfolio that includes Dior in Tokyo (2003), the Dépendance du Louvre in the French town of Lens (opening 2009), and the new New Museum of Contemporary Art on the Bowery in New York. In their respective disciplines, each pursues an abstract approach to the investigation of space; here they combine forces in Walter Niedermayr's photographs of SANAA's architecture, which avoid sensationalism and drama in favor of helping the viewer develop a sense of architecture's possibilities, the essentials of space and the relativity of the visible. Photographs alongside plans show how the monolithic and the fragmentary, the hermetic and the porous, the amorphous and the solid contribute to SANAA's ever-shifting atmospheres