Between Refurbishing and Reworking by IHRMK

An interior shot featuring an empty living area with wooden floors, ceiling and a window.

Studio: IHRMK
Consumer: Personal
Yr: 2021
Kind: Personal Home
Location: Ishioka, Ibaraki, Japan
Builder: Gunji Kenchiku Kogyosho
Standing: Accomplished
Photographer: CHIBA Kenya
Publications: architecturephoto.internet

A photograph that captures the living room showcasing the wooden floors and ceiling, also the glass windows and doors made with wooden frames.

{A photograph} that captures the lounge showcasing the picket flooring and ceiling, additionally the glass home windows and doorways made with picket frames.

A close-up shot of the sliding glass doors and windows with a wooden frames.

An in depth-up shot of the sliding glass doorways and home windows with a picket frames.

An image that captures the living room facing the kitchen island counter.

A picture that captures the lounge going through the kitchen island counter.

A close-up shot featuring a window sill as the focal point of the image.

An in depth-up shot that includes a window sill as the point of interest of the picture.

An interior shot captured from the kitchen area, featuring the holes of the beams on the columns.

An inside shot captured from the kitchen space, that includes the holes of the beams on the columns.

A photograph that showcases the seamless integration of the living and kitchen area.

{A photograph} that showcases the seamless integration of the residing and kitchen space.

A close-up detailed shot of the wooden wall material of the house.

An in depth-up detailed shot of the picket wall materials of the home.

An image that captures a kitchen island counter facing the living room area.

A picture that captures a kitchen island counter going through the lounge space.

An interior shot featuring the kitchen area with a stove top oven next to the window.

An inside shot that includes the kitchen space with a range prime oven subsequent to the window.

We have been commissioned to renovate a barely run-down tatami-covered front room and a kitchen/eating room in a home situated in Ishioka Metropolis, Ibaraki Prefecture. As the kids had moved out and the husband had retired, the homeowners have been spending extra time at residence. The primary request was to regulate the format in order that the kitchen turns into a spot not only for the couple to cook dinner but additionally to encourage them to have conversations.

Additionally they needed to renovate part of the home into a snug area for everybody to calm down when their kids and grandchildren are visiting in addition to for the couple to make use of day by day. Once we visited the location, we noticed a sizeable one-story home constructed utilizing conventional building strategies, surrounded by the homeowners’ farming fields.

Seeing the husband speak about his fondness for wiring and plumbing work, the spouse speak about their day by day life, and the light getting old of the partitions that make up the rooms, we felt that we didn’t wish to make a drastic intervention. Our design was to not do a dramatic “transforming” that modifications the area solely or a “refurbishing”* that limits itself in enhancing the tools and fittings.

As an alternative, we needed to do a “restore” that nurtures the prevailing ambiance. We aimed to function one thing that exists between the scope of refurbishing and transforming* with out choosing an excessive amount of on the subtext of the outdated and the brand new. It was executed by exposing the unique finishes as a lot as attainable, including new supplies and finishes with out artificially getting old or coloring them, and never utilizing the variations as an architectural vocabulary.

Just like the metabolism of a cell, the historical past of a spot is fashioned by way of new layers lapping over the outdated layers. Interventions such because the demolition of the partitions that separated the lounge from the kitchen, the therapy to fill the holes of the beams on the columns, the day mattress bench that reuses the bay window the place a TV and phone had been carelessly positioned, the kitchen island counter going through the lounge, the light concrete stairs approaching the kitchen entrance, or the insulation added beneath the ground and on the outside partitions could also be a group of small alterations.

Nonetheless, they’re constructed on the historical past of the home, and they’re a part of the dialogue between the home with the current and even with the long run. The challenge was what reminded us that presenting robust ideas and spatiality or discovering the raison d’etre that architects are inclined to obsess over, should come after such dialogues.

Silver Linings

As a result of building firm having issues with a distinct challenge, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the consumer residing in the home throughout the building, the method took for much longer than anticipated. It was scheduled to start in September and be accomplished in November, however sadly, we couldn’t meet the consumer’s want to end building earlier than the chilly climate set in.

As a compromise, we determined to make a short lived residing unit through the use of the carport for farm tools adjoining to the principle home, enclosing it with corrugated polycarbonate, and inserting a kitchen counter faraway from the home. The development was lastly accomplished in June of the next 12 months. With interruptions in between, the development interval finally ballooned to 10 months.

Though this was, in some methods, a failure, it allowed s new historical past to be carved into the small shed. Thus even after finishing the house, the shed capabilities as an “annex” to calm down inbetween farm work. The couple continues to reside right here peacefully whereas rising crops.

*Following the terminology within the Japanese used-housing market, we outline “refurbishing” as the development of primarily deteriorated tools and floor finishes, and “transforming” because the renewal of the spatial composition that extends to finishes, tools, and typically the construction.

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