house's restored timber structure forms around traditional hiroma gathering space in japan

house's restored timber structure forms around traditional hiroma gathering space in japan

NYAWA Transforms Rural House in Toyama into a Versatile Retreat

 

NYAWA takes over a thoughtful renovation of House in Toyama, located in a rural city in Hokuriku, Japan. The project transforms an initially unused house into both a vacation home and a rental space. The renovation process prioritizes the preservation of the existing structure, focusing on minimal energy use and integration with the local climate and culture.

 

The design draws from traditional Hokuriku houses, specifically incorporating the concept of ‘Hiroma,’ a gathering space that historically served as an indoor area to experience nature during the winter. This design choice aligns with the region’s architectural tradition. The ‘Hiroma’ is strategically positioned in the center of the house, functioning as an open space surrounded by the structure and thermal compartments. This setup allows for daylight penetration and a connection to the surrounding environment. The varied floor levels within the central space create an enclosed landscape, offering multiple small resting spots.

house's restored timber structure forms around traditional hiroma gathering space in japan
all images by Kenta Hasegawa

 

 

renovation establishes a Connection of History and Environment

 

The design further emphasizes creating a connection between time and environment, promoting a sense of history and continuity. The design team at NYAWA achieves this through adhering to traditional house scale rules, upcycling old timber, and incorporating materials that evolve over time, such as plywood, copper, and silk textile. The renovation plan also addresses the indoor environment, ensuring ample daylight and natural ventilation. Sliding doors are strategically installed, providing occupants with the choice to balance natural and controlled environments. This approach blurs the boundary between the natural and artificial, resulting in a comfortable and contemporary living space.

house's restored timber structure forms around traditional hiroma gathering space in japan
House in Toyama transforms into a dual-purpose vacation home and rental space

house's restored timber structure forms around traditional hiroma gathering space in japan
strategically placed at the center, the ‘Hiroma’ becomes an open space, welcoming daylight

house's restored timber structure forms around traditional hiroma gathering space in japan
varied floor levels create an enclosed landscape, providing small resting spots within the central space

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NYAWA upcycles old timber, and integrates evolving materials like plywood and copper

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the contemporary living space harmoniously blends natural and artificial elements

house's restored timber structure forms around traditional hiroma gathering space in japan
sliding doors offer a choice between more open or controlled environments

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the renovation prioritizes indoor environmental quality, ensuring ample daylight and natural ventilation

 

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project info:

 

name: House in Toyama / niwa ya ichi nyo
architect: NYAWA

location: Toyama, Japan

photography: Kenta Hasegawa

 

 

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edited by: christina vergopoulou | designboom

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