small courtyard illuminates 70-year-old japanese house in odawara

small courtyard illuminates 70-year-old japanese house in odawara

 

70-year-old Japanese-style house renovation in Odawara

 

Masaharu Nagamine undertook the transformation of a 70-year-old Japanese-style house in Odawara, Japan, nestled near a mountain pass and surrounded by fields. The property was chosen by a couple who were attracted to its charm and the peacefulness of its Japanese garden. However, they faced a challenge with the living and dining areas on the northern side feeling dim and closed-off compared to the bright, sunlit Japanese-style room on the southern side. To address this issue, the architects decided to tear down a section of the northwest side of the house, creating a small courtyard to bring in more light and nature. 

small courtyard illuminates 70-year-old japanese house in odawara
Japanese-style gate, all images by  Masaharu Nagamine

 

 

Creating an Open and Active Living Space

 

The dining room was then repositioned to overlook this newly created courtyard, and the partition between the dining room and the Japanese-style room was removed to create a more open and spacious feel, allowing views of the garden. Moreover, considering the couple’s passion for road biking, the team at Masaharu Nagamine repurposed one of the traditional Japanese rooms into a bike-training room with hardwood flooring replacing tatami mats. Adjacent to the courtyard, a designated space was also set aside for bicycles, ensuring a harmonious coexistence between exercise and leisure. These modifications have now become part of the couple’s daily routine, as they spend about an hour indoor biking for exercise after finishing their remote work.

small courtyard illuminates 70-year-old japanese house in odawara
view of the south side exterior from Japanese garden

small courtyard illuminates 70-year-old japanese house in odawara
one of the traditional Japanese rooms was transformed into a bike-training room, replacing tatami mats with hardwood flooring

small courtyard illuminates 70-year-old japanese house in odawara
creating a serene courtyard in the heart of the home

small courtyard illuminates 70-year-old japanese house in odawara
view of dining and courtyard from japanese-style room

small courtyard illuminates 70-year-old japanese house in odawaradining room opens up to Japanese garden views

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small courtyard illuminates 70-year-old japanese house in odawara
a small courtyard with a sense of light and nature

small courtyard illuminates 70-year-old japanese house in odawara
custom bike-training room for active living

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project info:

 

name: 70 years old Japanese – style house with bicycles
designer: Masaharu Nagamine | @masaharu_nagamine

location: Odawara, Japan

 

 

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edited by: christina petridou | designboom

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