Tsuruta Architects was established in 2006 by Taro Tsuruta, an experienced Japanese architect who gained his diploma from the Architectural Association. Tsuruta worked with leading London design practices on complex multi-award winning projects before setting up his own studio to offer clients a more personal service. His original designs are informed by an exacting understanding of construction technology, combined with a deep respect for light, materials, context and the practicalities of everyday life. The practice has enjoyed critical acclaim for House of Trace – a radically different approach to home redevelopment. The project was warmly received in the press and gained numerous industry awards, most notably the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Stephen Lawrence Prize 2016.
“This is a very clever project, which brings an entirely fresh approach to the terraced house/extension typology, and indeed an inventive and exciting approach to conservation. Age, patina and even structural faults are lovingly preserved and deftly combined with bold abstraction.” RIBA Award judges
We draw our influences from studying, working and travelling internationally and from daily life. Our bespoke designs use materials sparingly to turn ordinary spaces into something special. We use modern techniques like digital fabrication to create beautiful buildings, efficiently and cost-effectively.
Our conversations with you and our detailed site investigations reveal the full potential of each space. We celebrate incidental discoveries – from a memory to the design of a humble nut or bolt. We are precise about how old and new structures will meet, exposing important elements and creating new layers and functionality for people to enjoy. With technology and our strong commitment during every phase, we help construction happen swiftly and to a higher quality.