Yo Shimada / Tato Architects: Houses
A.D.A. Edita, 2022
Yo Shimada (b. 1972) is an architect based in Kobe, Kansai region of Japan. He founded Tato Architects in 1997 – the name Tato being derived from the decomposition of the kanji character “outside,” which can be read in multiple ways: “outside” or “outsider”, referencing to his status as an architect without formal architecture training and who creates work that stands outside of the norm. His body of work comprises a great number of residential projects, which are thoroughly explored in this monograph. The book features 22 houses—from House in Rokko to House in Shoji—all in Japan except for one project in Australia. Characterised by openness, dynamic spatial layouts, and integrated furnishings and stairs, Shimada’s designs are at once efficient and alluring, embracing the everyday in an aesthetically pleasant and refined manner.