Takao Shiotsuka is part of a fascinating school of Japanese architecture, which impresses every project, every detail thought of, creating an architecture that is pure and simple, with a lot of culture and different sensations through each and every visited angle.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier

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Shiotsuka Takao was born in 1965 in Fukuoka Prefecture in Japan. In 1987 he graduated from the Department of Architectural Engineering through the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Oita. Continuing his studies, he completed his master's at the same university in 1989. He worked four years in Archaic Associates, and in 1994 founded his own office, Takao Shiotsuka Atelier. Since 2002, Takao is a professor at the University of Kyusyu in Oita.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
N Guesthouse, Oita, Japan. photo Kaori Ichikawa

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
N Guesthouse, Oita, Japan. photo Kaori Ichikawa

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
N Guesthouse, Oita, Japan. photo Kaori Ichikawa

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
N Guesthouse, Oita, Japan. photo Kaori Ichikawa

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
N Guesthouse, Oita, Japan. photo Kaori Ichikawa

Takao Shiotsuka won the GOOD DESIGN AWARD in 2001 and the International Design Competition, which included a panel of judges with none other than Jean Nouvel and Tadao Ando. Like any good Japanese architecture, Shiotsuka Takao Atelier's projects breathe the culture in every detail of design and construction of the works performed. The purity of the volumes, the details of light and shadow creating new sensations in every appearance and minimalist interiors, drawing attention to the smallest details of architecture, are all bright points in this fascinating Japanese school of architecture.

Ohno Bus Terminal, Oita, Japan

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Kaori Ichikawa

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Kaori Ichikawa

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Kaori Ichikawa

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Kaori Ichikawa

Private Gallery, Oita, Japan

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Kaori Ichikawa

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Kaori Ichikawa

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Kaori Ichikawa

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Kaori Ichikawa

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Kaori Ichikawa

Shigemi House, Oita, Japan

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Kaori Ichikawa

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Kaori Ichikawa

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Kaori Ichikawa

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Kaori Ichikawa

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Kaori Ichikawa

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Kaori Ichikawa

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Kaori Ichikawa

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Kaori Ichikawa

Atu House, Fukuoka, Japan

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Kaori Ichikawa

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Kaori Ichikawa

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Kaori Ichikawa

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Kaori Ichikawa

Banquet hall, Oita, Japan

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Kaori Ichikawa

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Kaori Ichikawa

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Kaori Ichikawa

Blue house, Oita, Japan

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

AKI co., ltd., Oita, Japan

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Kaori Ichikawa

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Kaori Ichikawa

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Kaori Ichikawa

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Kaori Ichikawa

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Kaori Ichikawa

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Kaori Ichikawa

Threefold House, Japan

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

K Urology Clinic, Oita, Japan

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

White Cave, Oita, Japan

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

10 houses, Oita, Japan

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Silent House, Oita, Japan

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Salon O, Oita, Japan

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Garden and Sea, Japan

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Ceremony Hall, Oita, Japan

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

About the author of this post

My name is Marcelo Seferin, I’m an architect from Porto Alegre, Brazil and I’m the chief architect at Seferin Arquitetura, an office that works with architecture, interior design and sustainability projects.