with its house of ichijyoji, japanese studio YAP architects renovates a compact apartment in kyoto to suggest ‘a nest within a tree.’ the dwelling sees the revitalization of a fifth floor corner unit within a 40-year-old apartment building. the orientation of the unit ensures natural sunlight and ventilation from three sides, along with views across its lush, natural context. the pre-existing layout saw a strict, cloistered division by partition walls, closing off much of the interior from the views outward. the design team opened the interior space with a suspended interior frame structure which demarcates the programming.
images by kenta hasegawa
YAP architects realizes its house of ichijyoji as a porous ‘nest’ which allows light and wind to circulate throughout the entire space. with all the interior partitions dismantled, a skeleton frame is suspended within the center of the open unit. this new volume is realized as an occupiable object which integrates furniture and programmatic zones, including a bedroom, piano space, and dining room. around this three-dimensional object, the design team organizes a bath space, a dressing room, a kitchen, a closet. these zones are arranged as a single connection, generating a ‘living landscape’ as if entwined in a nest.
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project title: house of ichijyoji
architecture: YAP architects
location: kyoto, japan
floor area: 67.63 square meters (728 feet)
completion: april 2019
lead architect:akito yamaguchi
construction: miyoshi komuten / toshihiro miyoshi
structural consultant: mitsuda structural consultants / eisuke mitsuda
fabric design: fabricscape / kiyohiko yamamoto
photography: kenta hasegawa