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A Lovely Re-use in an Ancient Japanese Village

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In a village on Teshima, an island lying in the Seto Inland Sea, a vacant house set among the old houses of the village, was converted by architect Koichi Futatsumata from CASE-REAL into a dormitory for seasonal restaurant workers.

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Depopulation in the isolated village has left many houses vacant.
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The idea was to make the most of a vacant house, as an example of a way to cope with depopulation, a problem for Japan, by making a dormitory for restaurant workers.

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The interior space is comprised of three private rooms and a lounge, and a small courtyard set in the middle.
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The huge white terrace extends out to the open space bringing a sense of relief and freedom.

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Inside and out, woods, stones, and plasters are all in whites, with different expressions and tones.

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Restful white makes a peaceful dormitory, allowing sleep day or night for restaurant shift workers.
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In Japan, white is not only a symbol of new beginning, but the sacred color representing purity, innocence, and peace.

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All the furnishings and functional features of the dormitory are in various white materials.

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The only break can be seen laying down. Here are some of the original rafters from the old house that was their before.

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The deteriorated traditional Japanese style roofing shingles were replaced.

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The new roof followed the basic form and color of the original, elegantly integrating old and new.

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But the dark wood exterior, remembered by the villagers, cladding the existing wall facing the lane was left untouched.

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This sensitive integration of new and old gently expands the language of the existing architecture on the island.

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New elements of new Japanese style, like these beautiful doors, are are carefully blended in without clashing with the surrounding village, which remains unchanged from ancient times.

Photographs: Hiroshi Mizusaki

Via Arch Daily

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2 Comments so far to “A Lovely Re-use in an Ancient Japanese Village”
  1. Contempo Space Says:

    love the use of white. Really makes it feel updated

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