This is a renovation of a house built about 90 years ago in Nara City.
The house was used for rent and was abandoned after several (merciless)
renovations. The columns, beams and earth walls were seriously damaged
by the leak and ants. Sunlight was blocked by the baths and toilets that
were added to the garden, and trees and weeds were overgrown.It takes a
long time and a lot of money to repair a house by Japanese traditional
construction method , and insulating and air-tightening the entire house
also destroys features of the traditional Japanese house which loosely
connected interior and exterior.Therefore, we created a compact living
room in the center of the house, which was aseismatically reinforced and
thermally insulated by a modern construction method, and created a
semi-outdoor space called
Sukima around it.
Sukima includes the
entrance, storage, garage, toilet, library, stairs, etc., and supports
the functions of the house.The nested plan makes this house a legacy of
the traditional Japanese house characteristics, where interior and
exterior resonate with each other.