TD atelier restores 100-year-old folk house in japan TD atelier restores 100-year-old folk house in japan
may 23, 2014

TD atelier restores 100-year-old folk house in japan

TD atelier restores 100-year-old folk house in japan
all images and video by matsumura kohei

 

 

 

on the border between the cities of kyoto and nara, in the town of seikacyo, TD atelier have restored a 100-year-old japanese old folk house into a dwelling for a couple and their two children. wanting to maintain the original structure, the firm has left the building’s wooden skeleton intact and integrated a white cube on the interior to create a division between the established home and renovated spaces.
TD atelier japanese old folk house in seikacyo designboom
the old folk house is situated in the elevated mountainside of seikacyo, japan

 

 


an overview of the renovation
video courtesy of tadamasa20

 

 

 

the revised scheme sees the original floor plan of tatami rooms divided into a bedroom, living room, dining hall, study area and engawa space (internal veranda-like zone); while the previous doma (room with floors made of compacted earth) and adjacent cowshed have been transformed into smaller zones and a children’s room. the entrance area remains where it is, acting as a division between these programs.

 

positioned within the elevated mountainside, TD atelier’s renovation provides its client with a delicate balance of city and country life.
the entrance area has been conceived to remind one of stepping stones in a japanese garden

 

TD atelier japanese old folk house in seikacyo designboom
left: entrance area and approach to the interior
right: view of the white cube structure in the context of the original structure

 


full view of the white cube

 


the gaps between the white cube and the original structure form renewed living areas

 


inside of the white cube which has been envisioned much like a tea‐ceremony room

 

TD atelier japanese old folk house in seikacyo designboom
left: engawa space
right: the top of the cube is open and provides a play space for the children, overlooking the main living area

 

TD atelier japanese old folk house in seikacyo designboom
exterior before construction

 

TD atelier japanese old folk house in seikacyo designboom
interior before construction

 

TD atelier japanese old folk house in seikacyo designboom
floor plan before

 

TD atelier japanese old folk house in seikacyo designboom
floor plan after

 

 

project info:

 

design: tada masaharu + endo shojiro
client: individual
construction: kurahara co.,ltd.
construction area: 114.35m2
total floor area: 134.16m2
term: 2011-2012
photography: matsumura kohei

 

 

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  • Wonderfully romantic and very functional too. Tradition provides sensible solution to modern day lifestyle.

    Ben says:
  • Absolutely beautifully done. Its very impressive and the video serves it well.

    Ron Smith says:

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