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