Shingo Masuda + Katsuhisa Otsubo Architects

Shingo Masuda Katsuhisa Otsubo
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‘Is it truly necessary?’ Under that credo, Shingo Masuda (b. 1982, Tokyo, JP) and Katsuhisa Otsubo (b. 1983, Saitama, JP) founded their eponymous architecture firm in Tokyo in 2007.

Their practice focuses on subtle interventions that pinpoint the most space-defining elements of a place. An in-depth analysis of the existing context is central to their work. The architects challenge our preconceptions by adapting these observations and integrating them into their projects, thus bringing (new) meaning and structure to a site. An architectural gesture in which interior and exterior are fused into a landscape that, to users and passers-by alike, feels bold and ephemeral, familiar yet wondrous.

Although the firm has been working mainly in Japan for the past fifteen years, the duo has enjoyed a great deal of international attention. For example, Shingo Masuda + Katsuhisa Otsubo Architects won the AR Emerging Architecture Award 2014 and the prestigious Yoshioka Prize (Japan Architect) in 2015.
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About the location

If you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city center, you can relax in St. John's Hospital Park and admire the work of Shingo Masuda + Katsuhisa Otsubo Architects.

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