Japanese studio Schemata was charged with the delicate renovation of a client's inherited childhood home, which was originally designed by his father. The refurbishment of the old House in Hatogaya involved stripping away most of the walls while still leaving the original wooden beams underneath intact. This created bright open-plan spaces with an unfinished feel that highlights the home's mid-20th-century origins while embracing modern living.
Located in Saitama prefecture, this beautiful home was built by an architect following the client’s father’s original design. The original idea was to fit as many rooms as possible into the space, and have them all with their own distinct feel. But when Schemata architect Jo Nagasaka’s arrived to the property he felt the interiors needed to be brighter and less claustrophobic.
So he stripped down most of the walls but left the beautifully aged wooden skeleton intact. This bold unique decision allows plenty of natural light to fill every corner. As well as being a sweet reminder of the father’s original design.
Photos by Kenta Hasegawa for Schemata