Japanese studio Akio Ishiki Architects has transformed an old wooden building named House on Hayashizaki Matsue Beach into a warm-colored residence and public restaurant.
Located on Kaigandori in the southern Japanese city of Akashi, this mixed-use space was built by a local designer in a 50-year-old building and includes a curry restaurant, as well as living and work spaces.
Designed to reflect traditional Japanese dwellings, the house and restaurant are housed in a previously dark and isolated wooden building.
During the renovation, Akio Isshiki Architects aimed to combine existing elements with contemporary features to reflect the mixed-use nature of the project.
“The house was divided into several small rooms, small and dark,” studio founder Akio Isshiki told Dezeen.
“It was very old and damaged, but fortunately the carpenter did a good job so there were no leaks and the structure was solid.”
Accessed from the road side, a series of circular stone-planted vestibules wind their way to form a path that runs along the front of the building, giving access to the restaurant on the ground floor.
Here, a terraced sheltered porch offers outdoor seating, separated from the interior space by wide glass sliding doors set in a timber frame, offering views of the garden and complete When opened, it connects the dining space with the outside.
Inside, the floors are covered in dark tiles, reflecting the area’s history as a former large-scale tile production area.
“These tiles are inspired by the lava cobblestones found in cities in Central and South America, and the texture and shape of the edges are handmade one by one by a tile craftsman in Awaji,” says the workshop.
The dining space at the front of the building features wooden furniture, including custom D-shaped chairs designed by the studio and made by local woodworkers.
“To ensure stability on uneven floors, the chair has three legs, and we use thick material to prevent it from getting into the seams of the tiles,” says Isshiki.
“We aimed for a primitive design of unknown nationality, and aimed for a composition as simple and crude as possible.”
The kitchen, separated from the main space by an earth-toned counter, is tucked to one side of the dining room and is formed by walls covered in wood paneling and white tiles, as well as two suspended circles facing the street. It is characterized by its light fixtures. window.
The Japanese shoji screen at the end of the dining room is the first in a series of flexible partitions throughout the house that can be pulled out to separate spaces.
“With a tropical and nostalgic feel in mind, we covered the shoji screens with nets similar to mosquito nets or blinds,” says the studio. “The elegant plane created by imperfect partitions such as shoji and sliding doors is typical of ancient Japanese architecture.”
“In this house, where cultures, nationalities, and eras are all fused, we thought it would be appropriate to have a space that partially blends together and allows us to feel each other’s presence, rather than creating permanent divisions. How to use it,” he continued.
The rest of the ground floor, built on a high timber platform, contains private guest rooms separated by shoji screens, including a traditional Japanese room facing the garden.
The home office is adjacent to the dining space, and a central black ladder leads to the upper floor, where the bedroom, bathroom and utility room branch off from the other side of the hallway.
The studio’s upper level adds an open arrangement of dining and living spaces with warm-toned surfaces such as red walls and dark wood beams that interact with the home’s original rustic roof structure. I am.
“The walls on the second floor are carved walls mixed with red iron wood, and were finished by plasterers from Awaji,” says Isshiki. “This is an attempt to incorporate colorful walls from each country into architecture in a Japanese context.”
Other Japanese homes recently featured on Dezeen include a Tokyo home spanning two stacked volumes and a concrete home supported by a single pillar on Japan’s Okinawa Island.
Photography by Yosuke Otake.