kenkichi tanaka, who worked as an amateur photographer in tokushima prefecture in japan, was loved by all. after coming down with an illness, he left a will to his wife, mineko san, to run this space. with the help of arbol design, she transformed it into ‘ken’s gallery cafe’, where the photos taken by kenkichi san are exhibited, and where music events are occasionally held.

gravel surrounds the guest house


the arbol designed house was placed a little distance from the entrance, as the site is quite vast. in between, an entrance which looks like a wooden bridge was set near the exhibition space. around the building, gravel was inserted whereas its surroundings are left as they are, so that people can sense the rich greenery close by. the guest rooms are designed in true japanese fashion in terms of space values, where they can be used for various purposes such as bedrooms, dining room, and living spaces. 

the rooms can be also used for event, removing several partitions under the roof

for its finishing, various natural materials such as persimmon tannin painting and charcoal mortar were used

an entrance which looks like a wooden bridge was set near the exhibition space

locally sourced materials, such as kito cedar, is selected for elements throughout the house

the guest rooms are designed in true japanese fashion in terms of space values



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edited by: lynn chaya | designboom

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