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The houses built by the firm Tezuka Architects are developed with a particular relationship between the domestic and the natural, between the interior and the exterior and between the private and the public, as their innovative relationship with the architectonic elements testifies: roofs, balconies and walls are considered from their conception as elements of openness and of connection to the surrounding natural or urban spaces.  For them, it is a matter of transcending everyday life by creating sensitive spaces where the pleasure of sensing the breeze, the sunlight and the changing of the seasons nourishes more intimate and poetic human relationships. Though imbued with a sense of modesty, the firm’s approach is nevertheless a radical one. Whether it is a balcony-house, canopy-house, house with a floating roof, house for admiring the forest, house for observing the sky, roof-house, house without walls...for each construction the technical system is quite specific. By creating daring cantilevers or vast spaces totally free of supporting walls, and with their skilful use of dissymmetry and wide openings, they attempt to adapt what they build to their guiding concept of the landscape and the climate. Influenced by Louis Kahn, Le Corbusier and Richard Rogers, in their architecture, Takaharu and Yui Tezuka attempt to invent new scenarios for home life through their exploration, venturing slightly beyond “common sense” and based on a way of looking that “crosses” ordinary, everyday life.  

Takaharu (1964) and Yui (1969) Tezuka, both, born into families of architects, met at the Musachi Institute of Technology, and both graduated from there, in 1987 and 1992 respectively. Afterwards, Takaharu obtained a Masters in 1990 from the University of Pennsylvania and Yui finished her education at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. After living in England from 1990 to 1994, they returned to Japan and founded their own firm, Tezuka Architects, in 1994. Prize winners of the competition in 2000 for the Matsunoyama Museum of Natural Science (2002-2004), the firm has already counts many private houses among its creations, which appear as so many singular variations on the same theme.

Nadine Labedade