former textile workshop transforms into modern machiya residence in kyoto

former textile workshop transforms into modern machiya residence in kyoto

design it architects revives Machiya House near Kinkakuji Temple

 

Machiya House, situated east of Kinkakuji Temple and renovated by design it architects, draws from traditional Kyoto architecture while seamlessly blending work and living spaces. Originally constructed 95 years ago, this Kyo-machiya once served as a residence and workshop for textile craftsmen in the bustling district of Nishijin. Today, the client, who works remotely, continues this legacy by inhabiting the space where craftsmanship and daily life intersect.

 

The intimate scale of the Machiya immediately captures attention, with its doors and rooms crafted to dimensions smaller than contemporary standards. This deliberate modesty brings the architecture close to the human body, evoking a sense of gentleness and warmth that resonates with tactile comfort. Rather than imposing a modern layout onto the space, the architects opted to preserve its original character, embracing the traditional lifestyle and scale inherent to Machiya living.

former textile workshop transforms into modern machiya residence in kyoto
all images courtesy of design it architects

 

 

Design it Architects Preserves and Adapts Machiya House Interiors

 

Preservation was design it architects‘ guiding principle, not only in maintaining the outward appearance of the structure but also in honoring the functional roles of each room. The former commercial space, known as Misenoma, seamlessly transitions into a modern workplace, while the kitchen, or Daidoko, retains its traditional function. However, the original dirt floor, once used for textile work, required reinterpretation. Transformed into a semi-basement living area enveloped in mortar, it serves as a symbolic centerpiece of the home.

 

The varied floor heights across the three levels offer unexpected comfort and ambiance. The semi-basement living room, reminiscent of a den, exudes a cozy atmosphere, inviting relaxation and contemplation. Connected spaces, including a study bathed in natural light, a snug dining area, and the sunken living room, provide flexibility, allowing inhabitants to move fluidly between them depending on the season and mood.

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project info:

 

name: Machiya House East of Kinkakuji Temple
architect: design it | @design_it_architects

location: Kyoto, Japan

 

 

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edited by: christina vergopoulou | designboom

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