A Renovated Machiya with a Tranquil Courtyard in Kyoto
At first look, Weekend Home seems to be identical to each different outdated, conventional metropolis house alongside the streets of Kyoto. As soon as inside, nevertheless, the customer is abruptly transported to a surreal trendy residence that feels overseas, but intriguingly acquainted, to the beloved historic metropolis. Japanese structure agency kooo architects renovated the machiya – a standard Japanese house the place the 2 aspect partitions wouldn’t have home windows as a result of they’re shared by the neighbors – with an goal to protect the entrance facade and go away traces of the previous throughout the inside.
Machiya interiors are usually darkish resulting from their lengthy, slender form and lack of home windows on both aspect. To deliver a splash of pure mild into the area, kooo architects added a big skylight.
A tiny courtyard brings a contact of tranquility and nature to the area. It may be seen from each the lavatory and the residing space.
Rotten and non-functioning constructing supplies have been eliminated, however chosen beams, columns, and the yard have been preserved and repaired. The remaining architectural parts from the unique house distinction with the trendy inside design, making them stand out whereas sustaining their character and wonder.
Minimal adjustments have been made to the entrance façade so as to be respectful to the historic values and traditions of Kyoto, however conventional craftsmen have been invited to touch-up and protect sure parts.
Pictures by Keishin Horikoshi.
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