House in Kamisawa

Tato Architects
Hyogo, Japan

Tato Architects has reconfigured a Japanese house through an interior that strays from traditional forms while respecting history.

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Established by Yo Shimada in 1997, Tato Architects has plenty of experience designing houses and interiors, and has carried out projects in different parts of Japan. Place, culture, and history are the concepts upon which it applies criteria of the kind that give importance to specific everyday needs. In this case the firm was commissioned to renovate a small Japanese house for a couple in Hyogo. To make the most of the available space and fit it out for two people, the original structure was maintained, but the traditional multi-room layout was eliminated.

The project used the opportunity to experiment with form, reconfiguring the interior by adding curved wooden walls to seal off the private areas (bathroom and bedroom), always independently of the external structure. Part of the upper space of curved walls was allotted for storage. A kitchen, a living room, and a dining room completed the program, freely arranged around a large terrace and thus getting much natural light.

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