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  7. House Refurbishment in Kaga / Tailored design Lab

Refurbishment in Architecture

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House Refurbishment in Kaga / Tailored design Lab

  • 20:00 - 26 December, 2015
House Refurbishment in Kaga / Tailored design Lab
House Refurbishment in Kaga / Tailored design Lab, © Yuji Nishijima
© Yuji Nishijima

© Yuji Nishijima © Yuji Nishijima © Yuji Nishijima © Yuji Nishijima + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kaga, Japan
  • Architects in Charge

    Hidetoshi Sawa, Tomohiko Iida, Norifumi Watanabe
  • Contractor

    Shimoara co., ltd.
  • Area

    105.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Yuji Nishijima
© Yuji Nishijima

“I lived in this house until I was eighteen years old. This house could be restored to its original scenery and beauty for me.”

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

With this statement, the nature of this project was determined: to renovate the 70-year-old house to match the 70-year-old man’s original fond memory of his earlier home where he lived until he was eighteen years old.

© Yuji Nishijima
© Yuji Nishijima

The surrounding village has almost fully vanished due to depopulation. The ground floor space that was originally used for large village gatherings and ceremonies has now been remodeled to be a more intimate Doma-space for meeting close friends and family.

© Yuji Nishijima
© Yuji Nishijima

We wanted to symbolize purity in the Doma by making a “renovation of subtraction”. By carefully stripping the wood from the ceiling joists, we create a large double-height space that uncovers the buildings pure structure and reveals the robust roof trusses above.

© Yuji Nishijima
© Yuji Nishijima

The wood,  with an elegant local red cedar traditional red stain that has maintained its original quality and color, is repurposed from the ceiling to the ground floor as floorboards, tabletops, and handrails. To complete the Doma and form a more dignified space, the ground floor’s original soil is solidified and a window is made high above.

Section
Section

Because the man had lived in an urban center for 50 years, it was also necessary to upgrade the house into a modern living space by making a “renovation of addition”. The damaged kitchen walls were replaced with an airtight double-wall that is insulated and earthquake-resistant.

© Yuji Nishijima
© Yuji Nishijima

The areas of subtraction and addition are connected by cutting a large window into their intermediate wall. This connection creates a relationship of mutual awareness between the spaces, strengthening each individually and the house as a whole.

© Yuji Nishijima
© Yuji Nishijima

Our intention in the design is to recover the original scenery and beauty of the house according to the man’s memory and further modernize the house. The existing materials reflect the past; through a minimalist method, we have carefully reorganized them to create a respectful house for the 70-year-old man’s last home.

© Yuji Nishijima
© Yuji Nishijima

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Cite: "House Refurbishment in Kaga / Tailored design Lab" 26 Dec 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/779213/house-refurbishment-in-kaga-tailored-design-lab/> ISSN 0719-8884
© Yuji Nishijima

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