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Hell Yes! New Museum Architects SANAA Win Pritzker Prize

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Do buildings designed by Pritzker winners now outnumber flophouses on the Bowery? That's our thought now that word has arrived that architecture's version of the lifetime achievement Oscar (but handed out before the winner has one foot in the grave) has gone to Japanese duo Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, partners in the firm SANAA. SANAA made a splashy debut in the U.S. back in 2006 with its glass pavilion for the Toledo Museum of Art, but the firm earned heaps of international praise with the meshy stack of Bowery madness known as the New Museum, one of our best new NYC buildings of the decade?and inspiration to both mild-mannered crafty folks as well as passionate protesters. With fellow Pritzker winner Norman Foster's gallery building rising nearby, the Lower East Side's stretch of the Bowery is becoming the new Starchitecture District. Suck it, West 19th Street! Inhabitat has a SANAA greatest-hits gallery up, and after the jump is a shot of the famed glass pavilion. Holy Toledo!

· Japanese Team Wins Pritzker Architecture Prize [NYT]
· 2010 Pritzker Prize Awarded to SANAA [Inhabitat]
· New Museum coverage [Curbed]

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