Prominent contemporary Japanese architect Shuhei Endo (1960) graduated from Kyoto University of Art in 1986 and founded his studio two years later. He teaches at the universities of Boston, Tianijn and Kobe.
Endo’s architectural design “combines elements of the Japanese and western traditions, creating dynamic, flowing spaces which practically do away with the boundaries between interior and exterior and between the traditional elements in the architectural vocabulary” (Treccani).
The terms he uses to describe his projects are characteristic of his style: Halftecture, Rooftecture, Slowtecture, Skintecture, Springtecture are only a few of the names the architect sees as “summing up the formal and structural character of his works (...) the distinctive, innovative, personal feature of which is the choice of materials: economical, standardised, strong, ductile, multi-purpose, recyclable” (Suzuki).
His early work in the second half of the nineties included significant projects such as railway shelters, small pavilions and private homes.
But it was his more complex projects built in Japan (primarily in Hyogo prefecture) after the year 2000 that brought Endo to the attention of the international architecture critics: Taishi-cho crematorium (2003); a sports centre and logistics centre for the civil guard in Miki (2007); and the Tsunami Prevention and Control Centre in Minamiawaji (2010).
In these projects Endo seeks “new forms of expression accompanied by research into new materials and technical solutions”.
In parallel with this work of great social value, Endo also worked on artistic and pedagogical constructions such as the cultural centres in Maihara (2002) and Guangzhou Huadu, China (2008) and the Art Museum in Oita (2011).
The many awards he has won include the Architecture Exhibition Special Award at the 9th Biennale in Venice for Springtecture B (2004).
Shuhei Endo famous works and projects
- Arktecture M – Artisans’ Training Institute, Himeji (Japan), 2012
- Looptecture A - Teatro e centro accoglienza, Minamiawaji (Japan), 2012
- Rooftecture residential buildings: M’s R and M’s S, Osaka, 2007; HH, Hyogo, 2010; OT2, Osaka, 2012
- Art Museum, Oita (Japan), 2011
- Tsunami Prevention and Control Centre - Looptecture F, Minamiawaji (Japan), 2010
- Cultural and Arts Centre, Guangzhou Huadu (China), 2008
- Sports Centre and Disaster Logistics Centre - Slowtecture M, Miki (Japan), 2007
- Metropolitan Opera House, Taichung (Taiwan), 2005
- Rooftecture C Crematorium, Taishi-cho (Japan), 2003
- Kindergarten, Bubbletecture M, Maihara (Japan), 2003
- Slowtecture S Cultural Centre, Maihara (Japan), 2002
- Rooftecture U Factory and Offices, Okayama (Japan), 2001
- Rooftecture K Office Building, Nishinomiya (Japan), 2000
- Rooftecture H Office Building, Himeji (Japan), 1998
- Rooftecture Y Spa, Hymasaki-cho (Japan), 1998
- Springtecture H Service Pavilion, Shingu (Japan), 1998
- Rooftecture O Cultural Centre, Shimizu-cho (Japan), 1998
- Transaction O Railway Platform Roof, Sakai, and Halftecture F, Fukui (Japan), 1997
- Skintecture Fish Research Centre, Singu-cho (Japan), 1996