td-atelier’s renovation of a japanese guesthouse combines traditional architectural elements with modern interventions. located nearby kyoto’s nijo castle, the townhouse was built 120 years ago in a typical narrow and slender site with five horizontal areas, two of which were disassembled and replaced by ‘voids’.
photos by matsumura kohei
for the refurbishment of the ‘khaki guesthouse’, the architects used the two voids to connect the space vertically while on the other three areas old and new elements coexist. on the entrance door, artist misaki yurina created two abstract paintings, one with an image of a lattice-like grid of kyoto streets and one with a motif of pine leaves from the nijo castle. each room is separated by sliding doors, a traditional element in japanese architecture, while the renovation is completed with a small japanese courtyard on the ground floor and a roof garden.
the second floor was disassembled and replaced by a steel bridge
the stairway uses a toilet box as a landing area, while the left side is an existing japanese-style room
the existing roof seems to overlap with new parts
in the dining room, the old japanese house and the new architecture are mixing
doors between the first and second area with work by artist misaki yurina
a newly designed japanese garden
the old structure was maintained on top of the guestroom
a bridge connects the two guestrooms
the roof garden uses a japanese rock garden as a motif
drawings showing the five areas
pictures before the renovation
name: khaki guesthouse
design team: tada masaharu and endo shojiro
construction team: fujisaki gumi.co.,ltd.
total floor area: 99.89m2
edited by: sofia lekka angelopoulou | designboom