House of 33 Years

JA+U : House of 33 Years by Assistant

JA+U : House of 33 Years by Assistant
The new house, planned to be located in Nara, has two structures of different sizes. The primary outer structure enshrines the family’s memories. Its exterior walls are made from a palette of modern materials – brick, corrugated polycarbonate, galvanized steel, expanded metal, and steel mesh. 

JA+U : House of 33 Years by Assistant

JA+U : House of 33 Years by Assistant
Inside, smaller structures – timber-framed units of various sizes – are layered upon each other. In this house, the family’s memories can be updated and rearranged. 

JA+U : House of 33 Years by Assistant

JA+U : House of 33 Years by Assistant
The in-between space can house activities and artifacts that reflect the family’s past. Plants, furniture, and carpets from their old home will find their place in the new house. The owner’s memories will be preserved all around them. The house’s planned completion will be in August 2012.

Assistant was established in 2002 by Megumi Matsubara and Hiroi Ariyama. Their interdisciplinary works include installations, exhibition design, and architectural design. The House of 33 Years and other selected works by under-35 Japanese architects are featured in JA 86 (Summer 2012).