Shin Takamatsu Architect & Associates

About Shin Takamatsu


Architecture never seen before—
yet envisioned in the distant past.
Architecture that will endure far into the future.
Architecture that could only be for that person,
that time, that place.
Architecture like this will always unique.
Architecture like no other—by Shin Takamatsu.


Born in Shimane Prefecture
Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University
Doctorate of Engineering
First-Class Architect in Japan
Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Honorary Member of the Association of German Architects (BDA)
Corporate Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
1971Kyoto University, Department of Architecture, Graduate
1974Kyoto University, Graduate School of Engineering, Master’s Program in the Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering, Graduate
1980Kyoto University, Graduate School of Engineering, PhD Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering, Graduate
Establishment of Shin Takamatsu Architectural Design Firm
1981Osaka University of Arts, School of Architecture, Lecturer
1987Kyoto Seika University Faculty of Fine Arts Department of Design, Associate Professor
1988Establishment of Takamatsu Planning Ltd., Appointed Representative Director
1995The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Honorary Member
1997The Association of German Architects (BDA), Honorary Member
Kyoto University, Graduate School of Engineering, Professor
2000The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Member
2013Kyoto University, Professor Emeritus
Shin Takamatsu Architect and Associates Co., Ltd. Appointed Executive Director


1983Kyoto Scenic Beauty Award
1984Japan Association of Architects Prize for Young Architects: Origin I
1985Venice Biennale Award
1986Shonandai Cultural Center Proposal Competition, Excellence Award
Commercial Space Design Awards, Encouragement Prize: Dance Hall
1987International Interior Design Award: Dance Hall
Commercial Space Design Awards, Special Prize: Origin Ⅲ
9th NSG Shop & Display Design Contest, Encouragement Award
19885th Nishio HOPE Architectural Culture Award, Grand Prize: Orphe
Commercial Space Design Awards, Special Prize: Orphe
1989Architectural Institute of Japan Award: Kirin Plaza Osaka
Osaka Association of Architects & Building Engineers Presidential Award: Kirin Plaza Osaka
1991National Land Agency, General’s Award: Nima Sand Museum
1994Shichirui Port Multipurpose terminal Design Competition, Grand Prize: meteor plaza
12th Kyoto Prefecture Meritorious Cultural Service Award
1995Babersburg International Selected Competition, Grand Prize:Babelsberg fx. center
Tottori Prefecture Landscape Award: Sakaiminato Symphony Garden
1996Shimane Landscape Awards, Encouragement Award: Gotsu Community Center
Education Minister’s Art Encouragement Award: Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography
Kansai-Kan National Diet Library Design Competition, Honorable Mention
City Landscape Award: Sakaiminato Symphony Garden
Tottori Prefecture Landscape Award, Grand Prize: Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography
Nikkei New Office Promotion Awards: Kirin Headquarters
Ministry of International Trade and Industry Good Design Awards: Kirin Headquarters
1997Shimane Landscape Awards, Encouragement Award: Hamada Children’s Museum
Shimane Landscape Awards, Excellence Award: meteor plaza
Shikatsu Community Center Competition, Grand Prize: Kitanagoya Community Center
19986th Public Architecture Awards, Excellence Award: Nima Sand Museum and Friendship Center
Kyoto Kampo Health Promotion Facility Design Competition, Grand Prize
National Kumiodori Theater Design Competition, Grand Prize
Graz’ University of Music and Performing Arts Design Competition, Winner
Bolzano City University Design Competition, Winner
JCD Design Awards, Encouragement Award: Higashi Honganji Reception Hall
Takarazuka Civic Performing Hall Design Competition, Grand Prize
Ministry of International Trade and Industry Good Design Awards: Higashi Honganji Reception Hall
40th Building Constructors Society Awards: Higashi Honganji Reception Hall
40th Building Constructors Society Awards: Nose Myoken-san Worship Hall “SEIREI”
14th Multimedia Grand Prix 1999: Gamagori Network Center
1999Aichi Machinami Architecture Award: Gamagori Network Center
Architectural Institute of Japan, Encouragement Prize: Higashi Honganji Reception Hall
Fukuoka Residential Culture Award, Excellence Award: Omura Beauty College
Kyoto Landscape and Town Development Awards, Excellence Award: Wacoal Headquarters
Kyoto Landscape and Town Development Awards, Grand Prize: Nishioji Vicinity Community Development
SAFLEX DESIGN COMPETITION Special Jury Prize: Wacoal Headquarters
Good Lighting Awards, Outstanding Facility Prize: Gamagori Network Center
7th Public Architecture Awards, Excellence Award: Sakaiminato Symphony Garden
Nikkei New Office Promotion Awards: Wacoal Headquarters
Matsue National Government Building Design Competition, Grand Prize
Chubu Architecture Awards, Honorable Mention: Kitanagoya Community Center
20019th Chinese Architectural Design Awards, Gold Stone Award: Goshoen
Tianjin Museum International Architectural Design Competition, Grand Prize: Tianjin museum
Tianjin Teda Park Architectural Design Competition, Grand Prize
2002Storefront Competition, Gold Medal: Niwaka
MultiCasa Duisburg International Architectural Design Competition, Grand Prize: Multi Casa Duisburg
Ministry of International Trade and Industry Good Design Awards: Niwaka
Kyoto University, Uji General Research Laboratory Design Competition, Grand Prize: All-round Resarch and Experiment,Kyoto University-Uji
2003Kyoto Innovation Center Design Competition, Grand Prize: Kyoto Innovation Center
Kyoto Suujin Interchange Facility Design Competition, Grand Prize
Wakayama Prefecture Design Competition, Grand Prize: Wakayama Prefectural Building South Annex
Kaohsiung Subway Station International Architectural Design Competition, Grand Prize: Kaohsiung Metro Station
Ministry of International Trade and Industry Good Design Awards: TOKIMEKI
2004Good Lighting Awards: National Theatre Okinawa
Doshisha Elementary School Design Competition, Grand Prize: Doshisha Elementary School
Nikkei New Office Awards, Special Jury Prize: Omron Keihanna Innovation Center
Shikatsu-cho Public Nursery School Design Competition, Grand Prize
200647th Building Constructors Society Awards: National Theatre Okinawa
Rike Square Complex International Architectural Design Competition, Grand Prize: Rike Square Complex
200812th Sakai City Landscape Award: EH SEIKA
11th Public Architecture Awards, Excellence Award: National Theatre Okinawa
2009Illuminating Engineering Society of North America Award: Kaohsiung Metro Station
41st Chubu Architecture Awards, Special Prize: Marumi Headquarters
2010FIABCI Prixd’Excellence Awards, Public Infrastructures, Silver Award: Kaohsiung Metro Station
Wood Research and Central Council Chairman’s Award: Marumi Headquarters
Kyoto Design Awards, Winner: Kyoto Fushimi National Government Building
Kyoto Design Awards, Winner: Doshisha Elementary School
2011Osaka Landscape Architecture Award, Green Award: Shitennouji Elementary School
Kyoto Design Awards, Winner: Doshisha International School


1982Paris Biennale Exhibition (Paris, France)
Venice Biennale Exhibition (Venice, Italy)
1985Paris Biennale Exhibition (Paris, France)
Venice Biennale Exhibition (Venice, Italy)
Postmodern Architecture Exhibition (Tokyo National Museum, Japan)
1988Shin Takamatsu Exhibition (Paris, France / London, UK)
Shin Takamatsu Kirin Plaza Exhibition (Centre Georges-Pompidou, France)
1989Europalia Japan ’89, TRANSFIGURATION (Brussels, Belgium)
National Museum of Art, Special Exhibition (National Museum of Art, Tokyo)
1991Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition (Venice, Italy)
1992YOKOHAMA URBAN DESIGN FORUM (Tokyo Spiral Garden, Tokyo)
1993Shin Takamatsu Exhibition (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA)
Shin Takamatsu Return Exhibition (Kirin Plaza Osaka / Ginza Sony Building, Tokyo)
1994SHIN TAKAMATSU + GABRIEL E. LAHYANI (Aedes Gallery, Germany)
1995Shin Takamatsu Architecture Exhibition
(Tokyo Station Gallery, Tokyo / Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto / Nagasaki Port Terminal Building, Nagasaki)
1996Shin Takamatsu Architecture Exhibition (Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography, Tottori)
Architecture to the Future (Asia and Pacific Trade Center, Osaka)
1998Architect Shin Takamatsu Exhibition (Daimaru Museum KOBE, Hyogo)
2005Shin Takamatsu Architecture From the Heart Exhibition (Koshibu, Toji Temple, Kyoto)


ORIGIN of Architecture

There are as many thought as the number of architecture. Young architects, who admire the architect Shin Takamatsu, declare their persuing “ORIGIN of architecture”through their own works.


Through the Tohoku earthquake(March 11.2011),this is a story of life which “Educator”and“Architect”are formally spin now. Two young boys begin the trip for searching “a true GAKKOU (school)”.

Skyscrapers in the world Editor:Shin Takamatsu

“Yes, the time you should open this book has come. Now, accumulating some amazing knowledge through each page. Someday, let’s try to design an high rise building by yourself.” ・・・This is the word of Shin Takamatsu

another house

A house which doesn’t exist but does, a house which exists but doesn’t, and the other house which exceeds space-time. This is a picture book drawn a trip seeking the house with Shin Takamatsu’s peculiar point of view. The story leads you into the other space-time without any notice when you are in search of the other house.

Architecture and Me 2

It’s no exaggeration to say that five architects, Fumihiko Maki, Hiroshi Hara, Shinichi Okada, Teiichi Takahashi, and Kisho Kurokawa, led the creation of architectural view in the 20th century. They describe the architecture in the future while looking their past works back. This book encourages people who pursue the way of creation.

Yumeno manimani yumewo miru

This essay drifting between dreams and realities inspires all people who try to achieve their goals. Shin Takamatsu, a well known world wide architect, speaks his dream and philosophy through his point of view.

Architecture and Me

What is possible to express the identity of architecture in the social life? For the question, five architects, Riken Yamamoto, Toshiaki Ishida, Hiroshi Naito, Yoshiaki Akasaka, and Kengo Kuma, who have sought the method through “System,” propose the theory.

Hi no Katachi

Architecture, which reaches the limitation, doesn’t need even the architecture-self. Now, what is “the form” which recompose the world? The author, who is known about detached architecture and stable theory, leaves far from architecture and experiences a trip and fantasy. The book contains many unpublished drawings in the book.

Bokuha tokeishokuninno youni

Shin Takamatsu’s architecture, which reminds his solid and mechanical imagination, considers his original sense of beauty rejecting any definitions. The book touches his sense with his drawings and sketches which have been established by collection of his words filling mass of metaphor.



These 43 works to the latest work from the initial work show the process of Shin Takamatsu works for 30years.
“Now that I take this book, I feel that I am just being asked what is possible for an architecture.” ― Shin Takamatsu

Kindaikenchiku 4

This is an active feature proposing the new interpretation of Shin Takamatsu’s architecture by deciphering his early works to recent projects through the keywords, which are 5 prefixes “un-,” ” re-,” “trans-,” “en-,” and ”pro-.”


Is it exaggeration to say that occasionally “creation” can be “imitation”? There is no “creation” that never focuses on past architects and their past-works. The over one hundred works of historical modern architecture describing the theory and sketches by Shin Takamatsu inspire you a theory and practice of the true design.

Toji・Shin Takamatsu; Architecture of The Heart

Shin Takamatsu’s exhibition named “Toji・Shin Takamatsu; Architecture of The Heart” was held at Toji Koshibo, Kyoto 2005. The book was published as the catalogue. Speaking by Kazukiyo Matsuba (an architectural critic); “there is no discrepancy and disconnection between his early and recent works. His overwhelming ability is necessary for the theory. His strong expressivity splendidly makes his all works touch on a line of chronograph.”

Taiwan Kentiku 8/2005

This is an ambitious feature which surveys the general history of Shin Takamatsu’s masterpiece, and directly extracts his consistent architectural theory in his creation.


This is an anthology which records the complete works by Toyo Ito, Shin Takamatsu, and Riken Yamamoto in China. The conspicuous contrast among three architects causes the infinite possibilities of the creation.

Okoku Kingdom, Kunrinsuru Kougaku, Keikansuru Kukan

In 1990s, Shin Takamatsu built up the continuous eleven buildings around his hometown, Sanin area. He properly expresses the process, “from<point view> to <line view>.” The photographs (by Osamu Murai) strongly ask you their meaning of existence, “view for architecture, architecture for view.” The logic which implies the localism into the source of the futuristic architectures will be vital Merkmal (polester).

To the poetic space

For nine years from 1989 to 1998, Shin Takamatsu had opportunities to design the continuous eleven works around his hometown, Sanin area. This book tells the process of his architectural challenge through the Sanin works and other works at the same period.

Shin Takamatsu Architecture and nothingness

This is a special issue of Shin Takamatsu works published in Italy. 23 works, strictly selected from the works planned untill 1996 bring it on harmony. It performs a symphony with the subtitle “Architecuture and nothingness”.


This book was edited as a catalogue of Shin Takamatsu exhibition at Tokyo Station Gallery for two months from April, 1995. Recorded the fifty four works recorded in the book tell you the horizon of architecture that no one has seen.


This book was edited for the exhibition “SHIN TAKAMATSU BIRTH OF OFFICE” at TN Probe (Toriizaka, Tokyo) when “KIRIN HEADQUARTERS” was completed in 1995. The chief executive, Takeo Obayashi speaks on the exhibition. “Shin Takamatsu thoroughly pursues the architecture, and opens the design process up at sections.”


Botond Bognar (an architectural critic) defined Shin Takamatsu’s architecture as “Monuments in Search of Meaning.” This monograph thoroughly describes the definition through the projects in the beginning of 1993.


This book is one of the popular series published for Shin Takamatsu’s exhibition, “SHIN TAKAMATSU DREI PROJEKTE,” at Aedes Gallery, Berlin 1993. “THE DIJON PROJECT,” ”CONCERT HALL KYOTO,” and “MESSE KUNIBIKI”contained.


This book was published for celebrating the sale of Shin Takamatsu’s virgin furniture “RECHEL&ZHORA” (Okamura Corporation). A philosopher, Shinichi Nakazawa, states “Shin Takamatsu is an artist who has mounted a fierce rebellion against the maternal Japanese culture” in the book. The metaphysical photographs were shot by Koichi Inakoshi.

GA Architect 9 Shin Takamatsu

This monograph contains seventy two works by Shin Takamatsu from 1975 to 1989. His overwhelming drawings and solid photographs thoroughly show you his own architecture-world.


This monograph covers all works of Shin Takamatsu from 1981 to 1989, and adding the drawings and the sketches of his original style. Patrice Goulet’s comment “The outsider” and Kengo Kuma’s comment “The decapitated” are remarkable.

Shin Takamatsu

This monograph contains a collection of Shin Takamatsu’s works from early projects to “KIRIN PLAZA OSAKA” completed in 1987. The book includes “The Kyoto Origins of Nonconceptual Form” and “Seven Essays on Shin Takamatsu” etc, which describe the core of his methodology.


This book was published for the exhibition “SHIN TAKAMATSU・KIRIN PLAZA OSAKA” at the Pompidou Centre, Paris 1987 when “KIRIN PLAZA OSAKA” was completed. This is an excellent composition such as a competition with Keiichi Tahara and other three photographers.

space and method

The headquarters of HINAYA, that is a one of the long standing shops of Obi (sash) warehouse, was built in 1981. Shin Takamatsu named it “ORIGIN.” “ORIGINⅢ” is the 3rd construction of expansion programs. The book tells the whole story of the design processes by containing the sketches , drawings ,plans, and the models.

WORKS-Shin Takamatsu

The book tells Shin Takamatsu’s imagination and his dynamism of bodies through many types of materials and his architectural theory, which have been made by his own hand from 1977 (when he started to design) to 1983.