The site is a corner of the back alley leading to the shopping street . in the city of Osaka, Japan.
It is a renovation project of a wooden house built in 1976 . The existing buildings had an office part and residence part. The promiscuous office’s facade revealed ugly appearance to the street.
By sloppy composition of inside rooms, the residence part was showing the abrupt condition.
The architect “Since the client is an artist, a comfortable living space, the space for creation, and exhibition space of her works were required. Additionally, she requested the renovation of the office’s facade. Under the hard condition of structure and the severe cost condition, we considered how the space should connect and separate. It had to provide enough natural light to the inside space without making new windows. For that I I needed to know the direction of natural light first.”
“Firstly, all unnecessary walls are removed. The old structure was dismantled to design a rationally light plan. Secondly, a oblique wall was installed in the center part. We created a corridor with enough width beside it. The wall gives a deep impression of depth. In addition, it narrows the soft natural light from the south side, amplified the intensity of it with proceeding inside space” acoording to Jun.
The south face part, where previously Japanese-style rooms were located: it was a space that had been used as a traditional alcove and Buddhist altar. During the renovation it was converted to one large room. It is now used as living, dining and Japanese-style room. This space is related to the Japanese-style room and has a rectangular opening. It is is used as the exhibition area.
The newly created alcove space and Japanese-style room are separated from the altar. Small walls are cut off at the acute angle edge. A white rectangle with indirect light behind it, emphasis the emptymess of the space.
Slits the ceiling with various widths were created to install indirect lightings, curtains and a sliding doors. Additionally a vertical slit was bored on the wall of the boundary with Japanese room, to lead the natural light from the south into the linen room that has no windows.
Opening doors appears to be free-standing, keeping a gap between the wall surface. To eliminate the noise insulation and airtightness, these doors has been designed to moderate this airflow properly.
Jun: “Through the day and night, light and air can pass through, and add natural sounds to the the daily life. It gives the movement and various expressions of life into the white space with the inorganic atmosphere, and makes the space rich. Delicate details with simplicity are highlighting the impression of material which chosen carefully and the expression of light. I wanted to give the house a variability and tolerance in space. I think, by providing the residents a basic space of living, they are able to slect where to want to stay any moment of the day and night.”