Launch Slideshow

New materials contrast with the antique timbers, setting up a dialogue between old and new.

Yachiyo, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

Yachiyo, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

  • Galvanized steel-faced sandwich panels wrap the building in a modern skin.

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    Galvanized steel-faced sandwich panels wrap the building in a modern skin.

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    Toshihiro Sobajima

    Galvanized steel-faced sandwich panels wrap the building in a modern skin.

  • Corner sliding doors open onto a private terrace.

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    Corner sliding doors open onto a private terrace.

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    Toshihiro Sobajima

    Corner sliding doors open onto a private terrace.

  • Two 100-year-old timber frames, relocated and combined, form the structural system of the new house.

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    Two 100-year-old timber frames, relocated and combined, form the structural system of the new house.

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    Toshihiro Sobajima

    Two 100-year-old timber frames, relocated and combined, form the structural system of the new house.

  • New materials contrast with the antique timbers, setting up a dialogue between old and new.

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    New materials contrast with the antique timbers, setting up a dialogue between old and new.

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    Toshihiro Sobajima

    New materials contrast with the antique timbers, setting up a dialogue between old and new.

  • Rotated in relation to each other, the timber frames form a geometrically complex interior.

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    Rotated in relation to each other, the timber frames form a geometrically complex interior.

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    Toshihiro Sobajima

    Rotated in relation to each other, the timber frames form a geometrically complex interior.

  • The first and second floor plans

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    The first and second floor plans

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    Courtesy of Atelier Tekuto

    The first and second floor plans

  • New materials contrast with the antique timbers, setting up a dialogue between old and new.

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    New materials contrast with the antique timbers, setting up a dialogue between old and new.

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    Toshihiro Sobajima

    New materials contrast with the antique timbers, setting up a dialogue between old and new.

atelier tekuto
tokyo

Responding to the widespread neglect of his country’s vernacular residential architecture, Tokyo architect Yasuhiro Yamashita has created a new model of adaptive preservation. This project, in a seaside community south of Tokyo, uses the timber-frames of two 100-year-old “folk houses” as the armature for a contemporary private residence/art gallery. Rotated in relationship to each other, the dark-stained exposed structural frames form a spatially complex interior. Contrasting colors distinguish new material from old, while steel post bases hold columns above floor bricks salvaged from an 80-year-old factory building in China. Sandwich panels (galvanized steel, rigid insulation, and wood-wool cement board) wrap the building in a sculpturally abstract envelope.

“The inside is old, but the outside is new,” Yamashita said, through an interpreter. “Both are independent, but both are networking very well. The one thing that connects them is the light.” Our judges saw in the result “a new approach to preservation: Instead of absolutely freezing [a historic building] in amber or demolishing it, a way to preserve it.” To Yamashita, it represents an effort to highlight the value of tradition in a culture oriented ever more toward the new. “An old thing is just an old thing for some people, but it does have value if you see it from a new point of view.”


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product details

bathroom fittings and fixtures, flooring (ceramic tile), and kitchen fittings: INAX, global.inax.lixil.co.jp; cooktop, oven, and refrigerator: Panasonic, www.panasonic.com; exterior spaces and solar energy system: Sankyo Tateyama, www.exteriorworld.jp; lighting fixtures: Sugatsune, www.sugatsune.com