Yachiyo by Atelier Tekuto


Yachiyo by Atelier TEKUTO

Japanese architects Atelier Tekuto have created a house in Hayama, Japan, by wrapping two 100 year-old wooden warehouses in a new faceted skin.

Yachiyo by Atelier Tekuto

Glazed doors at one corner slide back to join the open-plan interior to a terrace, exposing one wooden column of the original structure.

Yachiyo by Atelier Tekuto

New wooden furring strips and composite boards are laid over the old beams and supports of the two warehouses, which can still be seen inside.

Yachiyo by Atelier Tekuto

Flooring removed from the lower storey of The Yachiyo house was re-used upstairs, while the ground floor is now covered in reclaimed bricks.

Yachiyo by Atelier Tekuto

The house also contains a temporary shop.

Yachiyo by Atelier Tekuto

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The following is from the architects:


Although Atelier Tekuto’s «Relocation» project has been underway since 2007, Yachiyo is the first «Re-location» building completed in Japan. The building is situated 100 meters from the ocean in Hayama, Kanagawa prefecture. This is used as a secondary residence and temporary shop.

Yachiyo by Atelier TEKUTO


To make 100 year old materials last for another 100 years. To fuse old and new material, juxtaposing the regional and cultural differences in a parallel arrangement.

Yachiyo by Atelier TEKUTO

We treat sunlight as a material. A material that can be captured only for an instant. It has the ability to fuse the juxtaposing elements or emphasize their differences. It exists both within and outside the human concept of time.

Yachiyo by Atelier Tekuto

Sunlight turns the interior space inside out. It highlights the dramatic structure as it permeates the building, accentuating the marriage between traditional and contemporary values. At night, custom handmade light fixtures let Yachiyo float into sight like a constellation fireflies.

Yachiyo - Japanese word meaning «a long time».

Yachiyo by Atelier Tekuto


Two abandoned warehouses built 100 and 120 years ago were chosen. In order to reinforce the structure, the two warehouses were wrapped with furring strips that also function as thin columns. Enhanced high-pressure wood wool cement boards which act as insulation were attached. This provided structural reinforcement, humidity control and thermal insulation all in one system.

Yachiyo by Atelier Tekuto

The wrapping material was reduced to a thickness of 95mm in order to provide more interior space. Also, the preexisting material was treated in order to prevent infestation and provide resistance against the salty environment. The first floor is composed of eighty year old bricks made in Shanghai. The material of the previous first floor was then refinished and applied to the 2nd floor. In effect, disused materials were transported from distant locations and given new life.

Yachiyo by Atelier Tekuto

Re-configuring Values

“Re-configuring Values” is a concept that will permeate the 21st Century. The following concepts are essential to this discussion:

Yachiyo by Atelier Tekuto

Ecology: the conservation of the global environment - the most significant theme for this century – ought to be examined from a new standpoint, through new developments and re-configurations.

Cross-Culture: adopting specific local and regional characteristics in order to achieve not just simple integration between different architectural styles and cultures, but to create culture on an entirely new dimension.

Reconsideration of Time: a re-examination of the past in order to predict the future. An increased awareness of time as a phenomenon that can preserve local and regional differences in material and character.

It is essential to achieve a greater understanding of when to preserve, when to eliminate or when to maintain.

Yachiyo by Atelier Tekuto

Based on these three approaches, we are working to “re-configure values” by recycling, reducing and relocating Japan’s traditional Minka houses in order to give them new life.

  • Great! Would love to see it furnished though.

  • Preserving the traditional core with a shiny new mecha skin. Go Japan!

  • yuc

    With all respect for the difficult task achieved, I wonder how is that (visual) alteration allowed in Japan, isn't a 100-year-old timber structure regarded as a cultural heritage there?

  • Dare

    Is it possible to repaint the indoor? Quite depressing Color
    and the lighting still not helping. Restorecreation Idea is always a good idea.

    • edward

      Why would you repaint the historic structure? Beautifully atmospheric, grainy, textural wood interiors in contrast to less interesting exterior…

  • Jones

    Not to be a naysayer or anything, but there are hardly any windows and thus a real lack of natural light in a lot of the space, which strikes me as bizarre at best.

    yuc – Restoration of older structures is generally much less common in Japan, where the average building has a lifespan of a few decades, than it is in Europe, for example. As far as heritage goes, they're very good at looking after some stuff, but not so precious about most of their building stock.

    Dare – Paint? What a strange comment.

    • leeseungho

      It has been a storage building with no windows originally. Why bother making holes to the original structure, which eventually make the building weaker?

      • Jones

        It's a timber-framed structure, so it's over 90% 'holes', it would have been mind-bogglingly easy to incorporate windows without having to alter the fabric. Furthermore, the fact that it didn't have any natural light in the first place is not a justification for its having no natural light now. Why bother? People have to live there, don't they?

  • I think the exterior of this building is stunning. But I agree with Dare about the interior needing some color/light – that upper level is rather dingy-looking.

  • I agree I would lvoe to see this furnished! Looks amazing!!!!