Japanese homes are known for their elegant harmony of practical space and meditative features. This renovation of a Japanese guest house by TD Atelier updates the home by combining traditional architectural elements with modern interventions. The 120 year old house, located near Kyoto’s Nijo castle, was built in a typical narrow and slender site with five horizontal areas, two of which were disassembled and replaced by ‘voids', used to connect the space vertically.
The home features art commissioned by Misaki Yurina, who created two abstract paintings for the entrance door - one with an image of a lattice-like grid of Kyoto streets and one with a motif of pine leaves from the Nijo castle. Each room is separated by traditional Japanese sliding doors, while a small, ground floor Japanese courtyard and a roof garden round out the renovation.
Photo credit: Matsumura Kohei