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refurbishment of an existing brick masonry by japanese architects no.555
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feb 01, 2013
refurbishment of an existing brick masonry by japanese architects no.555


‘ASE’ by no.555, yokohama, japan
image © goichi tori-mura

 

 

built in a western-style house from around a century ago left over from foreign settlement, ‘ASE’ by japanese practice no.555 exemplifies
the refurbishment of an existing brick masonry and wood structure that conserves its memory while being updated for contemporary use.
containing three load bearing walls, the aged primary structure must be left intact. the rough wooden beams and joists are also untouched,
with every surface painted with a white coat to protect the material and update it for the new owners, while still exhibiting the rich textures
and in turn maintaining a piece of its history. the existing construction was not waterproof, but the architects did not try to seal the structure,
they instead made sure to route the water safely down to the ground without giving it a chance to seep through the small fractures that give
the architecture its character. providing only minimal structural work to support the building, along with inserted fixtures, the new home
accomplishes a comfortable atmosphere and optimum performance at a minimum cost, where history can still be elicited from the walls.

 

 


entry and living area
image © goichi tori-mura

 

 


sitting space
image © goichi tori-mura

 

 


dining, with new hardwood flooring
image © goichi tori-mura

 

 


new stairs connect to the loft space
image © goichi tori-mura

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