Wood Old House by Tadashi
Yoshimura Architects

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Wood Old House by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects

Japanese architect Tadashi Yoshimura created a living room lined with mud during the renovation of this 200-year-old family house in Nara.

Wood Old House by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects

The folded mud screen forms a wall and ceiling opposite the room’s glazed facade, which slides back to transform the space into a porch in warmer weather.

Wood Old House by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects

The house, named Wood Old House, comprises a cluster of separate blocks with small gardens and earthy pathways between.

Wood Old House by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects

Other rooms include a gallery, also lined with mud, as well as storage areas with wooden beam walls and translucent paper screens.

Wood Old House by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects

Another interesting project by Tadashi Yoshimura is a house with woven timber walls - see it here.

Wood Old House by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects

Photography is by Hitoshi Kawamoto.

Wood Old House by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects

Here's some more text from the architect:


Project description

Wood Old House

This project is the renovation of a traditional wooden town house in Nara, Japan, built about 200 years ago, for a young couple and their children.

Wood Old House by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects

This old house consists of several small buildings, and there are several spot gardens, and passage gardens between buildings.

Wood Old House by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects

However, taking no thought of interaction between buildings and gardens, repairs have been carried out on numerous occasions, and the interior has also been redecorated with new materials. Except for the main structure and façade, the original model can no longer be seen.

Wood Old House by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects

‘Void space’ carved out the old house, taking out new materials. Void space means the new large space turned into a porch by opening all sliding window panels, and the new small earthen floor space, connected existing spot gardens and passage gardens, facilitated lighting and ventilation. Making the new space, we reuse materials from old house, to the extent possible.

Wood Old House by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects

By inserting this void space, it connects the new with the old, and a revival is achieved through a skilful fusion between buildings and gardens.

Wood Old House by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects

We reuse structural members and old mud wall from old house as structural reinforcements and heat storage materials. And new outside materials are planned to be able to reuse in the future, binding with wedge.

Wood Old House by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects

Architects: Tadashi Yoshimura Architects
Location: Gose-city, Nara, Japan

Wood Old House by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects
Structural Engineers: Kazuhiro Yamaguchi
General Contractor: Nakayama Komuten

Wood Old House by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects

Site area: 634 sq m
Building area: 139 sq m (renovation area)

Wood Old House by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects

Total floor area: 139 sq m (renovation area)
Structure: wood; 1story

Wood Old House by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects

Principal use: residence, gallery
Project Year: 2011

Wood Old House by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects

Materials
External wall: Japan cedar, plaster
Inner wall: Japan cedar, pine, old mud wall

  • rock

    beautiful. very sensitive

  • antonius

    nicest project i have seen here for a long time

  • Anna

    so elegant and natural. Imagine the smell… It must smell fantastic, like a good wine… Humid earth, fresh wood, plants…

  • Annon

    I don't comment, but this is just beautiful. Love the folded mud screen.

  • e1027

    oh, how i would like to spend some time in this house!!!

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    Japanese styles. Really great!