A wooden private house built in 1986 with 2 stories was renovated to 2 apartment houses. In each floors, we made existing small rooms to convert one big room, and added a new entrance door for 2nd floor. One floor became for one dwelling unit. This was a 1980′s typical ordinary style house for mass public family. In many cases, we are difficult to find attractiveness in it. But this house had 2 japanese traditional style room which was installed ‘Shoji’, half transparent thin paper screen, on a sand wall in each floors. We carefully chose and left some Japanese architectural elements and treated them as like fragment of space design. As the result, we made the total design in a way like editorial design of magazines, using Japanese style elements, new contemporary style and materials.
from: Makoto Yamaguchi Design