NAAD lines a century-old Japanese house with plywood

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NAAD lines a century-old Japanese house with exposed plywood

Architecture studio NAAD has gutted a 100-year-old house in Kyoto and re-skinned the interior in plywood to create a temporary dwelling that is designed to look incomplete (+ slideshow).

Ephemeral House by NAAD

Sheets of pale plywood were added by NAAD to the walls, floors and ceilings of the timber-framed property, creating a transient home called Ephemeral House for a client in his 20s.

Ephemeral House by NAAD

The plywood is left untreated throughout and the space is largely unfurnished, intended to give the appearance of a property that hasn't been finished.

Ephemeral House by NAAD

"The surface of the wood constituting the floor, walls and ceiling is coarse and the studs are exposed in the back side of the wall, which gives an impression that the space is under construction or in the process of dismantling," said the architects.

Ephemeral House by NAAD

The architects removed existing walls around the stairwell to create a combined living and dining area, but left the rest of the plan largely untouched.

Ephemeral House by NAAD

Sliding partitions can be added or removed from metal runners between existing dark wood columns, forming individual rooms around a staircase with solid balustrades that rises up in the centre of the space.

Ephemeral House by NAAD

"Our intent in this project is not only to generate an appropriate atmosphere for living, but also to avoid hierarchical dichotomy between past and present," explained the architects, "creating a space that has a rich sense of transience and festivity."

Ephemeral House by NAAD

Oblong cutouts in the plywood hoarding frame panelled windows and host sliding shutters.

Ephemeral House by NAAD

Canvas chairs and metal-framed furniture contribute to the unfinished appearance of the space.

Ephemeral House by NAAD

"The space, which at first is perceived as secure and permanent, actually seems to be fragile," they added.

Ephemeral House by NAAD

"What emerges is a singular here-and-now space for living."

Ephemeral House by NAAD

Photography is by Keishiro Yamada.


Project credits:

Architects: NAAD
Design team: Yoichiro Hayashi, Shogo Sakurai

Ephemeral House by NAAD
Location plan – click for larger image
Ephemeral House by NAAD
Floor plan – click for larger image