hajime yoshida inserts modernist geometries into traditional japanese home

hajime yoshida inserts modernist geometries into traditional japanese home

(an)-graph welcomes mondrian’s abstract geometries

 

Hajime Yoshida Architecture has transformed an old folk Japanese house into a photographer’s studio by injecting abstract geometric interventions within the wooden framework. (an)-graph, sited in Yatsuo, Toyama, was born from the observation that traditional Japanese architecture bears traces of elements of modernism. In particular, the architects look to the iconic compositions of Piet Mondrian’s Modernist paintings, characterized by grids composed of primary colors, likening them to the vertical and horizontal construction elements found across the home. The space is thus evolved into a multidimensional canvas, an ‘abstract painting’ bridging the old and new.

hajime yoshida inserts modernist geometric abstraction into traditional japenese home
all images by Yusuke Takano

 

 

Hajime Yoshida crafts japanese modernism 

 

Across Yusuke Takano’s new studio, elements of traditional Japanese architecture and Modernist art merge together. The wooden framework is left exposed and embraced, finding new expressions alongside Hajime Yoshida Architecture’s geometric abstraction. The concept is inspired by photographer Yasuhiro Ishimoto drawing parallels between modernism in traditional Japanese architecture. Notably in his collection of works capturing the Katsura Imperial Villa, he likened the residence’s spatial elements, if cut, to a Mondrian artwork. The architects thus applied basic, primary coloring across (an)-graph as the optimal solution to their limited construction budget. A higher-order approach to painting was then adopted, envisioning the home as a canvas which they could engulf with abstract strokes.

hajime yoshida inserts modernist geometric abstraction into traditional japenese home
Hajime Yoshida Architecture presents (an)-graph

hajime yoshida inserts modernist geometric abstraction into traditional japenese home
an old folk Japanese house transformed into a photographer’s studio

hajime yoshida inserts modernist geometric abstraction into traditional japenese home
the architects observed that traditional Japanese architecture bears traces of elements of modernism

hajime yoshida inserts modernist geometric abstraction into traditional japenese home
the project inserts geometric abstraction across the wooden frame

hajime yoshida inserts modernist geometric abstraction into traditional japenese home
evocative of Piet Mondrian’s Modernist compositions

hajime yoshida inserts modernist geometric abstraction into traditional japenese home
the space is evolved into a multidimensional, site-specific canvas

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primary colors and geometric blocks define the intervention

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the wooden framework is left exposed and embraced

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Yusuke Takano’s new photography studio

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project info:

 

name: (an)-graph
author site: Hajime Yoshida Architecture

location: Yatsuo, Toyama

photography: Yusuke Takano

 

 

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edited by: ravail khan | designboom

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