The House of 33 Years is a residence located next to the world heritage Todaiji Temple in Nara, Japan. The house was designed for an elderly couple who decided to move to a new house thirty three years after living in their first house.
The house consists of multiple pavilions and rooms in wood structure that stand under the big steel-frame house. The relationship between the single elements defines the character of the house as a whole.
The construction process has been pursued in three separate locations simultaneously: Nara, Sendai, and Aomori. In Nara, the exterior steel roof that covers the whole residence has been constructed on-site. Then, having accepted offers by two public institutions Sendai School of Design and Aomori Contemporary Art Centre to participate in their artist-in-residence programs, the duo decided to build a new experience by linking the two institutions through a single residential housing project, to eventually build the house in Nara.