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Tsuyoshi Tane Architects


Tsuyoshi Tane is a Japanese architect based in Paris. He graduated from Hokkaido Tokai University in 2002 and gained professional experience in London, Denmark, and Japan. 

He founded Atelier Tsuyoshi Tane Architects in 2017, after co-founded DGT. in 2006 in Paris. He is recognised for a series of award-winning projects and buildings including the Estonian National Museum (2016), Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art (2020), Kofun Stadium of Japanese Olympic 2020 (2012), the installation LIGHT is TIME (2014), Todoroki House in Valley (2018), the exhibition ‘Archaeology of the Future’ and many more. Tsuyoshi is credited with being one of a new generation of emerging architects, designing architecture that manifests memory of place as a guiding principle, leading him to develop his concept of “Archaeology of the Future”.

Tsuyoshi Tane’s work is based on an approach he calls ‘Archaeology of the Future’. Atelier Tsuyoshi Tane Architects creates meaningful projects, excavating the memories of places that become the ground on which it builds its architecture. “At ATTA, we aspire to create architecture that nobody has ever seen, experienced or even imagined before. However, we are not after novel and futuristic architecture. We are taking a broader perspective to materialise architecture originating in memories of a place. “As a first step, we travel back in time and excavate the past to find memories embedded in a place, like an archaeologist would do. It is a surprising and joyful process, searching to encounter and deeply getting to know what we did not know, what was forgotten and what was lost due to modernisation and globalisation. 

Locations always possess memories deeply embedded within the ground. That process of thinking in depth, from the past to the future, slowly turns archaeology into architecture. “We are convinced that memories are not things that belong to the past, but a driving force to create the architecture of the future. We call this approach to architecture ‘Archaeology of the Future’.”
For the important National Museum of Estonia, a 10-year project (2006-2016), the DGT Dorell.Ghotmeh.Tane / Architects team chose to "claim a nearby former Soviet military base as the setting for the Museum". In the chosen site, the new Museum was therefore to "play an essential role in the regeneration of the territory and to do so it had to start from the care of this highly charged and spatially unique place".

The result, with its characteristic and imposing sloping roof, is the largest museum in the Baltic countries and tells the cultural history of the country, from antiquity to the present day.
Recent projects include Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art (Aomori, Japan, 2020).
The Museum is located in central Hirosaki, in a complex of abandoned warehouses stands to the south of the city’s famous castle, dating back to the Edo period.
The Atelier Tsuyoshi Tane Architects has completed a painstaking reclamation of the brick structures, in the place in which rose city’s first saké distilleries.
The architects eliminated the subsequent additions to the inside and outside of the original constructions that had brought disarray to the complex over the years, using a new outdoor pavement to identify access routes to the spaces, underline the museum area and differentiate it from the street. The basic concept underlying the project has been defined as “continuing memory”, explaining the reasons for preservation of the traces of the history of the site and the city. 

The L-shaped main volume contains the museum, divided into five exhibition halls, including a 15 metre high gallery, a civic gallery, three artists’ studios and a library.
The redevelopment project involved removal of parts of the plaster from the walls to reveal the original red brick.
Tsuyoshi has received numerous awards and honours, including the French Ministry of Culture Architecture Prize (NAJAP 2008), AFEX Grand Prix 2016, AFEX Grand Prix Projects 2020, Estonian Cultural endowment Grand Prix and has been nominated for the European Union Mies van der Rohe Award 2017 and the 67th Japanese Ministry New Face Award of Minister of Education Award for fine arts.

Tsuyoshi Tane / Atelier Tsuyoshi Tane Architects selected works and projects

  • Archaeology of the Future (Tokyo, Japan, 2018) (Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2020) (Basel, Switzerland, 2021)
  • Hôtel de la Marine, (Paris, France, 2021, Under construction)
  • Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art, (Aomori, Japan, 2020)
  • GYRE.FOOD, (Tokyo, Japan, 2019)
  • Furoshiki Paris, (Paris, France, 2018)
  • Todoroki House in Valley, (Tokyo, Japan, 2018)
  • Estonian National Museum, (Tartu, Estonia, 2016)
  • LIGHT is TIME, (Milan Design Week, Italy, 2014)


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