Kim House

JA+U : Kim House 2011 by Waro Kishi + K. Associates / Architects

JA+U : Kim House 2011 by Waro Kishi + K. Associates / Architects
The 75 m2 (807 ft2) house is located in a densely packed neighborhood of row houses. To Kishi’s surprise, the area had hardly changed over the past twenty-four years. Originally designed for a family of six, the house was redesigned for a couple. The lot is a mere 2.58 meters (8.46 feet) wide and 5.4 meters (17.7 feet) long . The structure – consisting of four steel frames with concrete footings – has been preserved.

JA+U : Kim House 2011 by Waro Kishi + K. Associates / Architects

*Exterior view of the original from 1987. Image provided by architect

The new glazed front facade is screened by delicate steel louvers. The relative openness of the renovated house, in comparison to the solid facade of the original building, shows Kishi’s renewed appreciation of the home’s surroundings.

JA+U : Kim House 2011 by Waro Kishi + K. Associates / Architects
The entrance is set back from the street. This creates a 1.2 meter-deep (3.9 feet) semi enclosed space divided by a bamboo screen.

JA+U : Kim House 2011 by Waro Kishi + K. Associates / Architects

JA+U : Kim House 2011 by Waro Kishi + K. Associates / Architects
The first floor is a long open space which contains a living / dining room with a kitchen. The space is entirely visible from the street when the glass door is open. The space receives generous natural light from a skylit central atrium.

JA+U : Kim House 2011 by Waro Kishi + K. Associates / Architects
The atrium separates the upper floor into two distinct spaces. The bedroom is located on the street side behind the louvered facade.

JA+U : Kim House 2011 by Waro Kishi + K. Associates / Architects
The open-air terrace toward the back of the house provides more daylight and fresh air.

Waro Kishi + K. Associates / Architects is a Kyoto-based architectural practice. Their recent works include; Kionji Temple, House near Kyoto Gosho, and Nitto Pharma Cento Anni Hall.