Miso Fermentation Shelves

Berlin, Germany


This 20m long structure is to be designed to hold 150 oak barrels used to ferment by the traditional Japanese process. Made for MimiFerments in Berlin who pride themselves in the finest of Japanese fermentation processes.

design: currently
to be built: Autumn 2022

Utsuwa Project 3.0, Japanese teahouse

Berlin, Germany & Osaka, Japan


This project is lead by architect Rieko Uchida to showcase Japanese crafts in Germany. The forum brings together experts in the field of Japanese rooms, craftsmen and craftswomen in Osaka and Berlin, and will provide a forum for free discussion of ideas. The forum will also discuss the presentation of prototypes to coincide with the Osaka-Kansai EXPO in 2025. 

EN website: http://project-utsuwa.com/
JP website: https://utsuwa-project.com/index.html

completed: November 2022 


The Moraine Workshop

The Netherlands

in planning 2023

The Moraine is a 19th-century former coach house located on the Dutch-German border. Now leasing a new life as a center for Arts & Crafts. An ‘unplugged’ woodworkshop will be built replacing an existing overhang. Traditional construction methods will be used and as many natural building materials as possible. 

to be built: Summer 2024

Holland Park Pavilion

London, UK

In progress...

The pavilion acts as a quiet reading santuary at the north end of a planted woodland in a garden. A small sit-in sculpture in front of a canal running through mossy surrounds. 

Design: upcoming 2023

Bunkhouse in Kyushu

Northern Kyushu, JAPAN


House-building carpenters in Japan are traditionally responsible for most of the tasks an architect would undertake in the West, as well as all the timber joinery preparation and on-site work. Harumi Shinmura is an traditionally-trained residential carpenter working in Japan’s western island of Kyushu. She is my aunt and a guiding figure in my life and I am fortunate to regularly learn from her whilst working with her on her new-build projects.

Her latest project is a small (4x8m), single-storey bunk house for cooking enthusiasts; a simple rectangular stop-over shelter with a raised floor and a single-sloped roof. The whole structure was made with cypress and cedar woods which are ideal for Japan’s hot and humid climate. Timber buildings in general are particularly good at regulating moisture in these climates and have been developed over many centuries for adverse weather and counteracting earthquakes.

Built: 2020
Shinmura Carpenters