“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”
Upon entering the house, an immediate sense of comfort and warmth greets the guest. The presence of various materials from nature gives out a subtle earthy scent. Visually the space is pure and balanced with minimal decoration, embracing the simplicity of negative space. We aim to capture the house’s original character, and not change for the sake of change. Spaces are repurposed only for functional needs, evolving the house to a home suited for modern-day living.
The old gallery kitchen is repurposed into a luxurious bathroom that looks out into the garden’s Maple Tree. Tone on tone textures to create formless, soundless integrity to this minimal relaxation space. The bathtub is Shigaraki-yaki handcrafted by ceramic artisans in the Shigaraki area. Original ceilings, window frames, and shoji screens are restored to reveal its purpose. A modern dried bonsai piece opposite of the bed juxtaposes the traditional setting. Original tokonoma on the right wall is restored to display artwork by local up and coming artists. Seamless tatami flooring and a custom low wood table define a living space without obstructing the view to the garden.
Architect: Uoya Shigenori
Developer and Interior: Maana Homes
Photography with courtesy of Maana Homes