About the Exhibition
TOTO GALLERY·MA is pleased to present the exhibition Harvest in Architecture by SUEP. (Hirokazu Suemitsu and Yoko Suemitsu) at the TOTO Museum (Kitakyushu, Fukuoka).

What distinguishes SUEP. is the way they view architecture as an instrument for activating ecological processes. By focusing on natural features such as topography, groundwater systems, vegetation, and ecosystems and studying the action of wind, heat, and water with simulations to inform their designs, they have been working to construct buildings that integrate circular resource flows. Through taking a tolerant approach towards nature, they aim to enable people to enjoy the blessings of the Earth while contributing towards realizing a society where this can be done in a sustainable fashion. Additionally, they value the importance of enhancing the livability of buildings not only by improving functional performance but also by sharing with residents, users, and community members the joy of taking part in the circular flows.

The exhibition’s title, Harvest in Architecture, is an expression of the architects’ gratitude for being able to harvest the fruits of the Earth every day and also of their commitment to help ensure that we can continue doing so. The show will feature their research and investigations and shed light on how they have been connecting their findings to their circular building designs.

One could describe SUEP.’s work as a series of attempts to forge a new future by connecting architecture with our planet. What role can architects play in the effort to sustain the rich blessings of the Earth through coexisting with nature rather than exploiting it one-sidedly? The architects will put their ideas and experimentations on full display through this exhibition.

Images from the Exhibition
Exhibition view
Exhibition map
01 Market of Ideas
Display boxes illustrating SUEP.'s LAB activities.
02 Section of the Earth
Back: Section of the Earth model
Model, House of Cave
Model, Kyushu Geibunkan Annex 1
Model, Ureshino City Shiota Junior High School
03 Shading Dome
An exhibit utilizing "Eco-Scherben", a recycled material made by TOTO
04 Architecture towards Asia
Model, By-you Office
House in Awaji Island
Resola Imaizumi Terrace
Model, HIBIKINADA CAMP BASE(tentative name)
Images for Media Use
House in Awaji Island(Hyogo, 2018)
© Shinkenchiku-sha
Midori no Oka Terrace(Tokyo, 2020)
© Kai Nakamura
Thermal Environment Model, House of Cave (Fukuoka, 2010)
© Kai Nakamura
Kyushu Geibunkan Annex 1(Fukuoka, 2013)
※Joint design with Nihon Sekkei
© Kai Nakamura
Model, Office By-You(Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ongoing)
※Joint design with RHTAA
Exhibition Information
TOTO GALLERY・MA Traveling Exhibition in Kitakyushu
Hirokazu Suemitsu + Yoko Suemitsu / SUEP.: Harvest in Architecture
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 -Sunday, March 5, 2023
Mondays, Year-end and New Year holidays [December 26, 2022 –January 4, 2023]
2-1-1 Nakashima, Kokurakita, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan 802-8601
TEL=+81-(0)93-951-2534 URL=
* Please follow the regulation of TOTO Museum for COVID-19.
[Bus] Take bus at the Kokura Station Bus Center to the Kibunecho Bus Stop (approx. 15 min.).
[Kitakyushu Monorail] Exit from the south side of Kawaraguchi Mihagino Station and walk towards Yahata along National Route 3 (approx. 10 min.).
TOTO GALLERY·MA Planning and Management Committee
Special Advisor: Tadao Ando
Members: Manabu Chiba, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Seng Kuan, Tsuyoshi Tane
Architectural Institute of Japan Kyushu Branch; Japan Institute of Architects Kyushu Branch; Fukuoka Association of Architects & Building Engineers; Fukuoka Architect Office Association
Kyushu University Hirokazu Suemitsu Laboratory
Related Books
Hirokazu Suemitsu
Yoko Suemitsu