Traditional Japanese shoji screens and beams bring life to the illuminated house of Kitaoji in Kyoto

House in Kitaoji: A modern interpretation of a townhouse in Kyoto

in Kyoto The city, ATELIER・K has It has been refurbished separate a house Using traditional Japanese architectural styles to redefine the residential experience with an emphasis on physical comfort. The detached house in Kitaoji・F is located at the end of a narrow alley with a distinctive facade characterized by angular shapes. Inside, following the client’s basic directives, the architects largely retained the existing frame structure, allowing a subtle integration of traditional and contemporary elements. In addition, modifications to key elements such as the entrance, stairs, water areas and bedroom location were minimized, while the kitchen was moved to the southern part, resulting in structural reinforcements in the foundation and load-bearing walls.

Traditional Japanese shoji screens and beams bring life to the illuminated house of Kitaoji in Kyoto
All photos by Taizo Furukawa

ATELIER・K diffuses natural light and ventilation

While maintaining the existing flat structure, ATELIER・K structural engineer Akira Kakoda created connections between each space in the plan and the cross-section to enhance daily functionality. The space leading from the entrance to the foyer and stairs has been transformed into an atrium extending across three levels to the loft, while a large opening on the south side allows natural light to flow into the rear of the building while enhancing gravity ventilation. In cross section. Inspired by Kyoto townhouses, sliding doors, shoji screens and transoms are implemented to control sight lines and ventilation according to situational requirements.

The house on the main south elevation of Kitaoji・F, which features galvalume steel panels and aluminum openings, is raised by 250mm from the existing frame that forms an air layer to counter the intense summer sun. This also contributes to creating a cohesive facade with a clear façade feel, incorporating elements such as balcony railings, entrance cornices, and louvres for functional and aesthetic purposes.

Traditional Japanese shoji screens and beams bring life to the illuminated house of Kitaoji in Kyoto

Traditional Japanese shoji screens and beams bring life to the illuminated house of Kitaoji in Kyoto
Entrance and stairs

Traditional Japanese shoji screens and beams bring life to the illuminated house of Kitaoji in Kyoto
Layer of column, wall and stairs

Traditional Japanese shoji screens and beams bring life to the illuminated house of Kitaoji in Kyoto
Place of living/residence

By Atelier K
Master bedroom

By Atelier K
Second floor corridor

By Atelier K
Wooden beams are present in the guest room

Traditional Japanese shoji screens and beams bring life to the illuminated house of Kitaoji in Kyoto
Loft space

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Project information:

name: House in Kitaoji・F
structural engineer: Atelier・K Architect / Akira Kakoda
location: Kyoto, Japan

Photography: Taizo Furukawa

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Edited by: Christina Virgopoulou | com. designboom

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