November 26, 2022
Td-Atelier and Endo Shorijo remodel conventional machiya home in Kyoto

Japanese design studios Td-Atelier and Endo Shorijo Design have renovated a century-old machiya townhouse in Kyoto with minimal interiors that intend to honour the house’s present structure.

Known as Home in Marutamachi, the Japanese home was constructed over 120 years in the past and is organized throughout two flooring on an extended and slim web site.

Machiya house
Home in Marutamachi is a standard machiya home in Kyoto

Tucked between two different residential properties, the home is an instance of the picket machiya townhouses that have been as soon as frequent in Japan’s historic capital Kyoto however are actually susceptible to going extinct.

“Conventional Kyoto townhouses are being destroyed at a tempo of 800 homes a 12 months,” Td-Atelier defined.

“Outdated buildings do not match fashionable life. Nonetheless, we wish to cease the decline of Kyoto townhouses by fusing custom, design and new life.”

Td-Atelier kitchen interior
The kitchen is encased in a white quantity

Td-Atelier and Endo Shorijo Design dressed Home in Marutamachi’s inside with new parts together with smooth tiles and geometric furnishings alongside supplies reused from the unique home, as seen within the conventional staff room.

The studios retained the constructing’s picket columns and beams however added white volumes to accommodate rooms together with the kitchen and examine to keep away from disturbing the prevailing structure with harsh structural supplies.

Bathroom in Kyoto house
The tea room was constructed utilizing supplies reused from the unique constructing

These variously sized cubes have been designed to imitate the contrasting heights of buildings in a cityscape.

“The gaps and omissions created between the amount group and the prevailing columns, beams, partitions and flooring create continuity within the area,” Td-Atelier stated.

All through the home, Td-Atelier and Endo Shorijo Design adopted a minimal materials and color palette together with a mix of sunshine and darkish woods alongside easy concrete.

A skinny, sculptural gentle is suspended above the timber breakfast bar on the second ground, the place occupants can sit on clusters of subtle-coloured stools.

Td-Atelier garden
Unique options have been maintained within the backyard

Outdoors, a plant-filled backyard options components from the constructing’s unique structure comparable to sandy-hued lanterns and a chōzubachi – a standard stone water bowl traditionally used for laundry palms earlier than a tea ceremony.

Home in Marutamachi was shortlisted for home inside of the 12 months on the 2022 Dezeen Awards.

Dezeen not too long ago introduced the winners of this 12 months’s interiors classes, who are actually competing to win the general interiors undertaking of the 12 months award.

The images is by Matsumura Kohei.