x

timber box brings light inside the black-stained interior of atelier luke's kyoto terrace house

atelier luke has renovated and extended a narrow, post-war row house located in the quiet northern suburbs of kyoto city, japan. the 1950s construction has been stripped back to its essential form, revealing a dark-stained timber interior that serves as a void within which the new home is formed. a timber box inserted at the back of the space brings light and warmth inside, while sliding doors and screens reveal a tiny private garden at the rear of the property.timber box brings light inside the black-stained interior of atelier luke's kyoto terrace houseall images by yohei sasakura

 

 

in ‘terrace house near demachiyanagi’, atelier luke has transformed a typical post-war japanese row house into a serene dwelling that skilfully combines old and new. the building was originally constructed in the 1950s as part of a block of similar houses, and served as home to a single family until it was eventually vacated and left to dilapidate for over a decade. the renovation sees the house stripped back to its essential form and carefully brought back to life through a series of interventions that celebrate its traditional character.timber box brings light inside the black-stained interior of atelier luke kyoto terrace house

 

 

all linings were removed from inside the house, revealing the structure’s large timber roof beams that had been concealed for over half a century. stained entirely in black, the skeleton serves as a void within which the new interior is formed. deep areas of shadow enhance the small space, while a timber box at the back brings in light and warmth. ‘sliding timber doors and screens allow something rarely seen in a suburban japanese context — unabashed connection to the outdoors and street, via a tiny private garden,’ notes atelier luke. timber box brings light inside the black-stained interior of atelier luke kyoto terrace house

 

 

a second timber box on the other side encloses the home’s amenities, including a bathroom, kitchen and laundry. new walls and a floor of hand troweled cement mortar define an intermediate space between the two boxes. a timber ladder allows access to the top of the bathroom box, where a sleeping loft of tatami mats is immersed within the blackness. the project’s simple, refine palette of materials includes timber sourced from the famous yoshino region in nara; cement floors and walls in natural grey; as well as brass trims and custom lights that bring flashes of gold within the shadows.timber box brings light inside the black-stained interior of atelier luke kyoto terrace house

 

 

the home’s front façade was entirely restored using traditional approaches and materials. ‘distinctive elements — such as the mushikomado, a type of lattice window used to ventilate the old ceiling space — have been carefully remade to meet current expectations for weatherproofing, whilst retaining their traditional character,’ adds the japan and australia-based design studio. at the same time, a steel perimeter frame and timber batten screens compose the new façade at the back as an evidently non-traditional feature.timber box brings light inside the black-stained interior of atelier luke kyoto terrace housetimber box brings light inside the black-stained interior of atelier luke's kyoto terrace house

atelier-luke-terrace-house-near-demachiyanagi-kyoto-japan-designboom-large
timber box brings light inside the black-stained interior of atelier luke's kyoto terrace house

timber box brings light inside the black-stained interior of atelier luke's kyoto terrace house

timber box brings light inside the black-stained interior of atelier luke's kyoto terrace house

timber box brings light inside the black-stained interior of atelier luke's kyoto terrace house

atelier-luke-terrace-house-near-demachiyanagi-kyoto-japan-designboom-large2
timber box brings light inside the black-stained interior of atelier luke's kyoto terrace house

timber box brings light inside the black-stained interior of atelier luke's kyoto terrace house

timber box brings light inside the black-stained interior of atelier luke's kyoto terrace house

 

 

 

project info:

 

name: terrace house near demachiyanagi

architect: atelier luke

location: kyoto, japan

team: naomi murasaki, junko nakatsuka, luke hayward

builder: matsuhiko construction

site foreman: hideya tanaka

cabinetmaker: jurinsha

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy

ARCHITECTURE IN JAPAN (1031)

RENOVATION ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN (170)

RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIORS (2125)

PRODUCT LIBRARY

a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

designboom will always be there for you

milan, new york, beijing, tokyo,  since 1999
X
5