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ABOUT US

 

OUR APPROACH

Our focus is crafting bespoke design solutions for a wide range of projects with clients seeking desired spaces. From a room with a garden to the interior of residential, cultural, and commercial buildings, we engage with each project to create a borderless environment.

Drawing on our East-West cultural roots and experiences in art, architecture, landscape, and garden design, our philosophy is to integrate requirements and readings into timeless and unique environments by consciously creating ever-flowing spaces with a story to tell, regardless of project type or scale. We strive to achieve a sense of continuity between spaces by considering each site's specific conditions and requirements and reflecting them in our schemes that unify interior and exterior spaces to create a comprehensive view of our architecture.

One of our exemplary projects that represent the source of our philosophy is the zen temple pavilion “Kohtei” completed by Yuichi Kodai and Kohei Nawa, Yoshitaka Lee of SANDWICH Inc. in a complex of the “Shinshoji Zen Museum and Gardens”. The flow of scenery in their gardens and the architectural experience is designed for a physical and meditative journey in which each visitor perceives and has their understanding.

Our objective strongly engages with this approach, which becomes the basis of making a story of experiences for each project concerning living and working spaces, including wellness and bath cultures with interior or exterior gardens. We transcend cultural boundaries by carefully selecting materials, construction techniques, and space compositions to create balance in a borderless environment. Ultimately, we aim to create lasting joy in their surrounding environment and

the people who experience it.

GARDEN & LANDSCAPE

Our firm believes in the vital relationship between interior and exterior spaces in architectural design. Learning from our experience of Kyoto's heritage, where traditional homes, temples, and shrines seamlessly integrate natural elements into their architecture, we strive to emulate this harmony in our projects.

Kodai's passion for landscape design was sparked during his involvement in the "Perez Art Museum, Miami" project alongside Herzog & de Meuron. This experience, coupled with collaborations like "Kohtei" in Shinshoji Zen Museum and Gardens with SANDWICH, paved the way for commissions such as the "Chalk Garden" at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London.

We view garden design as an integral aspect of our architectural vision. By leveraging trees and plants, we extend the perception of spaces from "interior to exterior" or "exterior to interior," fostering diversity and a harmonious coexistence with nature.

Our current focus involves numerous garden projects in Switzerland. Here, we explore the relationship between architecture and the natural world. We are proficient at working with gardens of any size, and we are encouraged by the as-found elements on our site.

ART & CRAFTS 

Yuichi is rooted in the Kimono and Bamboo crafts family, and our deep connection to the art & crafts world has been fostered through years of experience. At Herzog & de Meuron, he gained valuable insight into the operations, functionality, and exhibition of art in museums. Meanwhile, he honed his expertise at "Perez Art Museum Miami" and "TATE Modern" in London. He was crucial in developing exhibition spaces while collaborating with renowned artists to understand their unique perspectives on working with architects. Yuichi has been continuing his working relationship with SANDWICH and galleries and private collectors who hold an extensive range of art, from pre-19th-century European masterpieces to contemporary artworks. We can create environments that foster their creativity by engaging with artists and understanding their mindsets, values, and historical backgrounds. We contributed to supporting the production of art in Europe and have collaborated with various galleries: Gyre Gallery in Omotesando-Tokyo,  Stuart Lochhead Sculpture, and Hazlitt. Some artists and craftsmen we've worked with include Michel ComteKohei Nawa, Chiharu Shiota, Akira Fujimoto and Cannon Heresy. We also work closely with Japanese clay plaster・Tatsuya Tokura, metal・Goryozaburo Kanaya XVI, bamboo craft masters and Tea Pavilion carpenters and value cross-cultural collaboration. 

COLLABORATION

Our firm prioritises collaboration with our clients to create designs that work seamlessly and evoke strong ideas. We understand that a successful project must work spatially and functionally and connect with the client on an inspirational level. To achieve this, we work alongside skilled professionals, including craftsmen, building masters, engineers, specialists, architects, and landscaping professionals. We collaborate with experts in Europe, Switzerland and Japan to ensure our designs are realised as envisioned. We closely work with ATP Architects in London for the United Kingdom and Pourtales Design in Paris for France. Our services are available globally, with our base in Zurich serving as a hub for our work worldwide.

 

JAPANESE GOODS

Our firm is committed to helping clients incorporate Japanese elements into their environments. Whether it's through importing authentic materials or locally producing them, we strive to create spaces that embody the essence of Japanese design. We have previously imported ・Hinoki Bathtubs (Japanese cypress bathtubs) ・Naguri flooring ・Yoshino Hinoki & Sugi・Japanese Soft & Hardwoods and many other goods. We take pride in contributing to East meets West ventures and would be delighted to assist you in any way we can. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

PROFILE

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Yuichi Kodai | kodai and associates

Yuichi Kodai

Architect / Co-Founder 

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

Architecture Registration Board (ARB)

 

Born in Kyoto, Japan

He founded Kodai and Associates in 2018. He graduated from the Architectural Association in London and worked with Herzog & de Meuron before establishing the architecture department at the contemporary art studio Sandwich Inc. in Kyoto and later working at Hildebrand Studios in Zurich.

Teachings:

- Singapore University of Technology and Design

  (SUTD), Visiting Assistant Professor

- Kyoto University of Art and Design 

Architecture Course, Fine Art Course

- Kurashiki Art and Science University

Fine Arts Course

Earlier Projects:

Herzog & de Meuron, Basel & London

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- TATE Modern, London

- Perez Art Museum Miami, Miami

- Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford

- BBVA Headquarters, Madrid

- 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami

- Archi di Luce, Lugano

​  other international projects

Claudia Maggi

Architect / Co-Founder 

Architecture Registration Board (ARB)

 

Born in Harrogate, United Kingdom

She founded Kodai and Associates in 2018. She graduated from Architectural Association in London and worked for the American practice Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) in London. She worked on a number of high-rise and high-profiled confidential projects developing her project management skills through all stages of work.

Earlier Projects:

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, London

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- Heron Tower, London

- Vauxhall Tower, London

- Bishopsgate Tower, London

  other confidential projects

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