Q Architecture is a gifted Japanese design studio that effortlessly infuses contemporary renovations with historical elegance. The Timeline Machiya House in Northern Kyoto was originally built as a traditional dwelling in the early 1900s. Since then a series of poorly-planned renovations corrupted the home's original integrity, so Q Architecture was commissioned to revive it after it lay dormant for 10 years.
The Kyo-Machiya has been empty for the last decade, but when its new owners moved to Japan following a long stint in San Francisco, they commissioned Q Architecture to restore the original Kyo-machiya as part of the program’s remodel. In order to do this, the architects repaired parts of the building that were damaged and created a sunken doma floor that leads to the outdoor garden. They also converted the extension area from one of the previously renovations in to a lovely living area.
The project is called Timeline Machiya because each past intervention reveals something of the epoch in which it was completed. The home owners wanted to preserve both the historical record and mood of each era that is reflected in the materials. The result is a gorgeous semi-traditional Kyoto home that enjoys piles of soft daylight.
Kai Nakamura Photography