Wood Old House by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects

A project for a renovation of a traditional town house built 200 years ago in Nara, Japan, comes from the works of Tadashi Yoshimura. The old house consists of several smaller structures interconnected by garden walkways and atriums. The repairs focused mostly on replacement of interior materials. The main construction and the facade remained without intervention. Materials such as japanese cedar, pine, mud plastering and traditional translucent paper screens were used for individual interior blocks.

The open walkways that connect these blocks promote ventilation and bring daylight into the interior space. Some of the blocks are equipped with sliding wall panels, which allow to reconfigure or extend the space.

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4 thoughts on “Wood Old House by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects”

  1. I have just purchased an old traditional style Japanes home in Hiroshima. The home is in very good condition generally. The previous owners had begun some renovation projects on parts of the home, but they were left unfinished after the husband passed away.

    There is a small, two story block house style storage building detached from the main house. The main house has 4 6-tatami style rooms divided by sliding wood frame, paper covered doors. There are glass door “porches” on both front and rear of the house. The toilet and bath have been modernized with a flush toilet and oil heated, metal bath tub. The kitchen, at the rear of the house is very small and dark with standard fixtures.

    There is a two story section on one side of the main structure that features a 12-tatami sized room upstairs, with wood floors and unfinished sheet rock walls. It is very well lit with long horizontal windows coming to a common corner on the southwest side of the house. Downstairs in this part of the home is a traditional doma, or bare floor entrance way. This lower floor has also had some unfinìshed wall rennovation done.

    Any suggestions, examples of completed renovation work, etc, that anyone would like to share would be greatly appreciated.

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