Designing a new house in a certain area of Kyoto could be a daunting task for a young architect who wants to try something different. This “machiya” in Kyoto City was built in a historic district protected by a very strict zoning law to preserve the historic beauty of the city. The architect explored the subtle elements of the the Kyo-machiya design carefully, and yet came out with a design that has an utterly contemporary feel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

via Q-Architecture Laboratory
 
Who: Kiwamu Yanagisawa
What: Single family residence
Where: Jyokyo-ku, Kyoto City
When: September 2009
How: Two-story wood frame construction
Site Area: 1,017 square feet (94.51㎡)
Construction Area: 607 square feet (56.42㎡)
Total Floor Area: 1,215 square feet (112.84㎡)