Interior of teahouse at Barbican Centre 2017  Photo by Ben Tynegate

Interior of teahouse at Barbican Centre 2017

Photo by Ben Tynegate




Hayatsu Architects

Unit 101, Sugarhouse Studios
19 Collett Road, London SE16 4DJ


M: +44 (0) 7766332206


Construction, Sustainability, Conservation, and Community

Hayatsu Architects’ work is characterised by crafted, thoughtful, sensitive and playful approaches tailored to unique situations and the requirements of users. We believe that well considered, well crafted buildings can bring a positive impact on individual lives and its wider community. The practice’s sensitivity comes from its in-depth knowledge of working with historic buildings. Former projects include: Raven Row gallery in Spitalfields (Grade I), George Romney’s Studio in Hampstead (Grade I), South London Gallery in Peckham (Grade II), Churchill College in Cambridge (Grade II), The Brook in Stamford Brook Road W6 (Grade II), London Library in St James Square (Grade II).

Working in these settings, Hayatsu Architects have developed a unique insight into creating innovative and exciting spaces that are seamlessly integrated within their historic context through carefully crafted material interventions and the adaptation of hands-on construction methods.

The practice’s current portfolio ranges from private to public commissions including collaborations with arts and community led organisations such as Grizedale Arts in Coniston and The Community Brain in Surbiton.


Takeshi Hayatsu is a London-based Japanese architect.

After studying architecture in Tokyo, Takeshi moved to the UK to complete his education at the Architectural Association. He worked at David Chipperfield Architects, Haworth Tompkins and 6a architects before establishing his own practice in 2016. He now leads a small team from his studio in Bermondsey, London, and his unique, hands-on approach to design is fast gaining the industry’s attention.

He currently teaches on the MArch at Central Saint Martins and a postgraduate studio at Kingston University. His research focuses on exploring craft, material, traditional and contemporary building techniques and self-build for community engagement.

Simon Hoebel is a qualified architect. He studied at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and previously worked at Henning Larsen Architects, Alles Wird Gut architects and Allmann Sattler Wappner architects before joining the practice in 2018.

Gabriel Fiette is an architectural assistant. He studied at ETH Zurich, and previously worked as an intern at Boris Gusic Architect and the National Trust before joining the practice in 2018.


“ I’ve worked with Takeshi on a variety projects at the South London Gallery over the past decade, ranging from our award-winning extension designed by 6a which opened to the public in 2010, through to modifications to existing spaces to create meeting and reception rooms and, most recently, designing the renovation of the grade II listed former Fire Station on Peckham Road to create an annexe to our main site.   

He has a great facility for collaborative working, contributing strong ideas but also being willing to listen to practical and other concerns.  He has a great attention to detail and is an absolute pleasure to work with.  I couldn’t recommend him more highly.”
Margot Heller OBE Director of South London Gallery


Selected clients

Annka Kultys Gallery


Barbican Centre

Dulwich Picture Gallery (honorarium)

Dorich House Museum

Drawing Matter

Grizedale Arts

Hauser & Wirth

Japanese Embassy UK

Landmark Trust (honorarium)

London Festival of Architecture (honorarium)

Eduardo Padilha

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

Stanley Picker Gallery

Southwark Council

Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum

The Community Brain

Victoria & Albert Museum

Whitworth Art Gallery

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