ryo matsui conceals guesthouse windows with perforated brick walls ryo matsui conceals guesthouse windows with perforated brick walls
oct 08, 2015

ryo matsui conceals guesthouse windows with perforated brick walls

ryo matsui conceals guesthouse windows with perforated brick walls
photography by masato kawano / nacasa & partners

 

 

 

dating back to over 120 years, a traditional storehouse has been re-appropriated and renovated into the ‘rebirth’ guesthouse by ryo matsui architects in moriya, japan. the client inherited the piece of land which was affected by the great east japan earthquake, and consequently resulted in the storehouse being partially damaged. after an extensive review, it was agreed that the structure was too fragile to be completely reused, but the structurally sound elements were maintained and reconstructed to keep the original character.

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the original storehouse was damaged by the great east japan earthquake

 

 

 

standing as a homogeneous structure, the overall original appearance of the storehouse has been retained with the addition of contemporary features and techniques explored during its reconstruction. a noticeable aspect of the scheme are the windows, they have been concealed by a lace-like screen and only at night, are defined and illuminated by the light coming from within. the tiled kirizuma roof has been kept and due to the perforated nature of the white brick used, an interesting effect is created internally.

 

 

‘inheriting the old memory and combining a new behavior, we hope it becomes a house that will be loved from generation to generation.’ – ryo matsui

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the exterior of the building consists of the original perforated brick and painted white

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the perforations create an interesting effect in the interior through the windows

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a loft-like living space, high ceilings and a mezzanine level has been added

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the kitchen opens up to the woodland surroundings

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majority of the building’s parts were reconstructed to retain the japanese character

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the basement contains a wine cellar

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the building features a hidden double façade

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the concealed windows of the facade is visualized at night only

  • The rare instance where the outside is more appealing than the inside.

    Mort d'Urban says:

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