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


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.

Takeshi currently runs postgraduate architecture design studios at Kingston University and Central Saint Martins. He combines teaching and practice by working with students on self-build projects for cultural and community organisations, including The Community Brain in Surbiton, Grizedale Arts in Coniston and Barbican Centre in London.

Construction, Sustainability and Conservation

Hayatsu Architects’ work is characterised by crafted, thoughtful, sensitive and playful approaches tailored to unique situations and the requirements of users. The practice’s sensitivity comes from their in-depth knowledge of working with many historic buildings. They include: Raven Row gallery in Spitalfields (Grade I), George Romney’s Studio in Hampstead (Grade I), The Fashion Gallery at Victoria & Albert Museum in South Kensington (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.



“ 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

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

Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum

The Community Brain

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