Collage of time

Wednesday 31 Oct 2012

Changing the ordinary into extraordinary

The HANEGI G-House renovation project was to convert a two-storey wooden house built in 1986 into a two-unit apartment building. The design of the original house was unremarkable - a typical family house from the 80s that was neither new nor particularly old. However, the reserved and ordinary effect the building had was in fact also one of its defining characteristics.

This building had neither any distinctive features nor any marked signs of age, therefore it was decided to focus on certain elements of the existing house, selectively shifting through all the parts (including those that were planned to create anew) in order to edit and reconfigure them.

The existing small rooms on each floor were converted into one larger room and a new entrance was added on the second storey. Each floor became a single dwelling unit. Architectural elements that were selected from the original building, such as the sand walls and sliding shoji screens covered in translucent paper in the two traditional Japanese-style rooms, were retained as fragments of the overall design, even though new Japanese-style rooms were not created.

The merging of the existing Japanese-style fixtures with the new, contemporary materials, can be seen as a piece of collage transforming the building to create a fresh, innovative space.

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