The past and the future coexist in this daylit house in Nara, Japan. Tokyo-based architecture studio ASSISTANT designed the house as a cluster of small buildings for an elderly couple who places great value on preserving memories. The result is a steel-framed structure that was built in several different locations and then assembled on-site to create several overlapping spaces.

House of 33 Years, prefab, Japan, Assistant architects, steel frame, locally sourced materials, green architecture, prefab housing, pavilions, courtyard, installations

House of 33 Years, prefab, Japan, Assistant architects, steel frame, locally sourced materials, green architecture, prefab housing, pavilions, courtyard, installations
Photo by Shinkenchiku-sha

Local carpenters in Aomori built the main quarters of the house using locally available materials. The project was initially installed as part of the “Kime to Kehai” exhibition at the Aomori Contemporary Art Centre. After the exhibition, the team disassembled the structure and loaded it on a truck to transport it to Nara, where it was reassembled as the House of 33 Years.

House of 33 Years, prefab, Japan, Assistant architects, steel frame, locally sourced materials, green architecture, prefab housing, pavilions, courtyard, installations
Photo by Shinkenchiku-sha
House of 33 Years, prefab, Japan, Assistant architects, steel frame, locally sourced materials, green architecture, prefab housing, pavilions, courtyard, installations
Photo by Shinkenchiku-sha

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Students at the Sendai School of Design built the rooftop pavilion as an homage to Philip Johnson’s Ghost House. Before becoming a permanent part of the house, the pavilion was installed in the courtyard of a university campus and used by the students as a space for growing vegetables.

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Via Archdaily

Lead photo by Shinkenchiku-sha

House of 33 Years, prefab, Japan, Assistant architects, steel frame, locally sourced materials, green architecture, prefab housing, pavilions, courtyard, installations
Photo by Shinkenchiku-sha
House of 33 Years, prefab, Japan, Assistant architects, steel frame, locally sourced materials, green architecture, prefab housing, pavilions, courtyard, installations
Photo by Shinkenchiku-sha
House of 33 Years, prefab, Japan, Assistant architects, steel frame, locally sourced materials, green architecture, prefab housing, pavilions, courtyard, installations
Photo by Shinkenchiku-sha
House of 33 Years, prefab, Japan, Assistant architects, steel frame, locally sourced materials, green architecture, prefab housing, pavilions, courtyard, installations
Photo by Tadasu Yamamoto