House in Kashira-cho

JA+U : House in Kashira-cho by Shigenori Uoya Architects and Associates

This newly renovated, 67.9 m2 (730.9 ft2), residence is located in a mixed-use district in Kyoto. Originally, when there was no space to expand in this dense area, houses were built behind those already lining the streets. 

JA+U : House in Kashira-cho by Shigenori Uoya Architects and Associates

JA+U : House in Kashira-cho by Shigenori Uoya Architects and Associates

The architect converted three of these landlocked nagaya – row houses – which can only be accessed from the street by a meter-wide narrow alley, into one residence with a central courtyard.

Two of the original row houses stand side by side at the rear of the site. The third house faces the other two, creating an open space which was once used as an entryway.

JA+U : House in Kashira-cho by Shigenori Uoya Architects and Associates

The architect transformed the former entrance area into an open-air central courtyard. He also removed the walls facing the court and replaced them with glazing to bring natural light into the rooms.

JA+U : House in Kashira-cho by Shigenori Uoya Architects and Associates

JA+U : House in Kashira-cho by Shigenori Uoya Architects and Associates

JA+U : House in Kashira-cho by Shigenori Uoya Architects and Associates

The wall that separated the two adjacent houses was removed. Part of the upper floor was also removed to create a gallery overlooking the kitchen / dining area.

JA+U : House in Kashira-cho by Shigenori Uoya Architects and Associates

The second floor is covered with dark lacquered lauan plywood. The ladder leads to a roof deck with a view of the neighboring temples and a cemetary.

JA+U : House in Kashira-cho by Shigenori Uoya Architects and Associates

Shigenori Uoya Architects and Associates is a Kyoto-based architectural office. Their House in Mibuhigashihinoki-cho is also featured in Jutakutokushu (Special Housing) August 2012.