Monday, February 24, 2014

Shimpei Oda in Kyoto

To remodel, it seems, is a bit of a rarity within Japanese architecture. Consider yourself lucky, therefore, to take a gander at this 1920's update from Shimpei Oda. Conceived as a home and street-level gallery, Oda made natural light a priority, something seriously lacking amid the close-quarters of Kyoto's streets. Glimpses of the original beams lend the space a warmth seldom found in the sparsity associated with contemporary Japanese architecture and the steel-glazed storefront is a comforting nod to its early 20th century past. Read the whole article at dezeen


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