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TADASHI YOSIMURA ARCHITECTS is a Nara, Japan-based architecture office founded by Tadashi Yoshimura (born in Japan) and Yihsuan Lin (born in Taiwan) in 2006. We work in a former pharmacy, an old-fashioned traditional Japanese townhouse built about 200 years ago. We are now doing several projects, residence, renovation, town-planning, etc, utilizing local materials and traditional skills for our creation. Besides, not only in Japan but also in Korea and in Taiwan we have proposed several projects that architecture is as part of landscape, utilizing local building techniques and materials.

吉村理建築設計事務所は、奈良中部を拠点に活動している一級建築士事務所です。想像力をかきたてられる多くのモノにあふれた約200年前に建立された古い町家を事務所にして様々な設計活動を行っています。日本の伝統技術や地場の素材を現代的なデザインと融合し、店舗・酒蔵・ギャラリー・住宅のほかリノベーション・まちづくりなど様々なプロジェクトを実現しようとしています。関西圏にとどまらず日本各地でプロジェクトを提案し、更に日本のみならず韓国や台湾等の海外でもその土地の伝統工法や地元の材料を利用し、建築が周辺環境と一体となるような計画を提案してきました。

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Hanauchiya Renovation

This project is the renovation of a traditional wooden town house in Nara, Japan, built about 200 years ago, for a young couple and their children.This old house consists of several small buildings, and there are several spot gardens, and passage gardens between buildings.However, taking no thought of interaction between buildings and gardens, repairs have been carried out on numerous occasions, and the interior has also been redecorated with new materials. Except for the main structure and façade, the original model can no longer be seen. ‘Void space’ carved out the old house, taking out new materials. Void space means the new large space turned into a porch by opening all sliding window panels, and the new small earthen floor space, connected existing spot gardens and passage gardens, facilitated lighting and ventilation. Making the new space, we reuse materials from old house, to the extent possible.By inserting this void space, it connects the new with the old, and a revival is achieved through a skilful fusion between buildings and gardens. We reuse structural members and old mud wall from old house as structural reinforcements and heat storage materials. And new outside materials are planned to be able to reuse in the future, binding with wedge. (photo by Hitoshi Kawamoto)
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Nishikura

住居を併設した酒蔵である。葛城山の麓に位置する敷地周辺には、この蔵元をはじめ昔から職住一体の大型町家が数多く存在し、職と住の風景が混ざり合った独特の活気を生み出している。この町並みに魅力を与えている既存酒蔵の西隣に「西蔵」が建てられた。設計の手がかりとなった与件は、酒蔵として機能するために必要な気積の確保、小屋裏を含めた蔵の上階を居住スペースに充てて無駄なく活用、そして江戸時代からの町家が多数残る町並みと調和した蔵のただずまいを作る事、であった。そこで切妻屋根の9mスパンの小屋トラスで2階の床を吊る事で、1階に9m×15mの無柱空間を作ると同時に2階にも1階と同面積の床を生み出した。1階が酒蔵の為に必要な気積を確保した柱の無い機能的な大空間である一方、2階は大型トラスが1.8mと2.7mの2種類のスパンで林立する面白い空間になった。既存蔵のデザインを取り入れ過去の酒蔵と繋がりながら東面通りの雰囲気を作り、開口部や軒先のプロポーションを十分検討し北面オープンスペースに対して背景となるような蔵のただずまいを作るなど、積極的に町並みと関係を作っている。(写真撮影 笹の倉舎/笹倉洋平
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Wood block House

The house is designed for an elderly married couple, and their grand children that occasionally stay with them.The site is located in a housing district developed 30 years ago that kept the natural land form. Around the site, we can see beautiful retaining wall made of granite. I try to extend the exterior topography to the interior of the building.If day light diminishes, the shape of the structural shear wall that creates a relationship to the site’s stone wall , is projected onto the glass façade.Similar to retaining stone walls, this wall is best play equipment that kids enjoy to clime, pass under the hole , sit, and see distant scenery.
A Structural shear wall system of wooden blocks
This structural shear wall consists of ship-shaped wooden blocks. These blocks can be easily stacked without the help of skilled workers, and can be disassembled and assembled in different location if necessary. (photo by Hitoshi Kawamoto)
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TADASHI YHOSIMURA INTERVIEW WITH j.j.magazine GRAND HYATT SEOUL
1. Please Introduce ‘TADASHI YOSIMURA ARCHITECTS’ To Us.
TADASHI YOSIMURA ARCHITECTS is a Nara, Japan-based architecture office founded by Tadashi Yoshimura and Yihsuan Lin in 2006. We work in a former pharmacy, an old-fashioned traditional Japanese townhouse built about 200 years ago. We are now doing several projects, residence, renovation, town-planning, etc, utilizing local materials and traditional skills for our creation. Besides, not only in Japan but also in Korea and in Taiwan we have proposed several projects that architecture is as part of landscape, utilizing local building techniques and materials.
2. What Is Most Important To You When It Come To Building House?
First, residents feel safe, relax, rich, happy. Second, building connects to environment and nature.
3. The ‘WOOD BLOCK HOUSE’ Series Jump Off the Page. What Motivated You To Start This Project?
We are interested in integration traditional and contemporary. In Japan there are a lot of beautiful wooden buildings utilizing traditional wooden construction skills. But nowadays because of speed and cost, most houses are built without traditional techniques.
4. What Were You Trying to Portray Through ‘WOOD BLOCK HOUSE’ Project?
We were trying to integrate traditional skills and modern materials, creating new wooden structural system on limited budged, speedy. This structural wall consists of several wooden blocks that can be easily stacked without the help of skilled workers, and be disassembled and assembled in different location if necessary in the future. Now we try to apply this wooden block system to fast shelter after earthquakes.
5. Do You Believe That Architecture Could Be a Vital Element to change Social Environment?
I think that architecture is one of several important factors to change social environment. Today resources are limited, so we have to be aware of impact of architecture on nature and environment.
6. Building Nowadays Are Sky-high and Gigantic. Curved and Warped Lines Exude Beauty Whereas Candidly Straight Lines Loose Charm. Populated By Intimidating and Capacious Buildings Are The Urban Setting of Today. It Looks More Like a Construction Site Than Architecture?
It is important that architecture connects to its context. Not understanding the context makes ‘architecture’ just only ‘building’.
7. Could The Height of a Building Become a Standard To Distinguish Social Hierarchy?
In our time, not competition for impact of form but harmony with environment becomes a standard.
8. Recent Architecture Seldom Feels As If Is Built Not for the People but for the City’s Aesthetic. People Should Come First, And It Should Be Architecture for the People, However It Seems More like the Space is Built and People Are Forced into That Space. The Reason Why I wanted to Interview You Was Because You Seemed like a Person Who Would Pursue Humanism Architecture. Shaw I Understand Your Architecture as Humanish Architecture?
We always attach importance to dialogue. Dialogue makes projects better.
9. Architecture Environment in Japan Seems to be a lot different From That in Korea, Is There an Architecture Style That is Spot-Lighted Currently in Japan ?
there are so many architecture styles. Many of them are interested in sustainability.
10. What is The Definition of Architecture If you May.
Architecture is not just only building but the whole landscape including all environment of the building.
11. In This Modern Setting, What Would be a Healthy Architecture?
Healthy architecture connects to environment and nature, is built as a part of landscape, utilizing local materials and local building techniques, where we always feel nature.
12. Lastly, Are you an Architecture Who Follows Current Trends, or Are you an Architecture Who Creates Newness with Your Own Will, Regardless of Current Trends?
I am not interested in current trends. More important thing is how new space, new value of lifestyle can be created.(2011.12.21)

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Cedar House

敷地は町全体が緩やかに南へ傾斜する見晴らしの良い素晴らしい住宅地の一角に位置します。新しい試みとして、周辺と敷地とを塀や柵で区切る事を止め高低差だけを境界とした上で、緩やかな斜路により周辺と敷地内とをあいまいに繋いでいます。周辺から敷地内に入り込んだ斜路はそのまま中2階のデッキテラスに接続するスロープへとつながり、道路の高低差を利用した重層的な床レベルや内外を複雑に行き来する回遊動線とあいまって、建物の中だけではなく、豊かな周辺環境全体の中に住んでいるような心地よい開放感があります。この建物は接着剤や合板を一切利用せずに、大きな気積の在来木造住宅を実現しています。自然素材の木造住宅といえど、現実には合板や接着剤に大きく頼っています。裏方が変われば表面のデザインにも変化が生じ、従来の木造住宅には見られない、新しい建築表現になったのではないかと思います。厚板の斜め張りや、貫壁など伝統工法を織り交ぜ、無垢材だけで構造上の解決を試みています。更にあらゆる2次部材を30mmをモジュールとして、木組みやビス止めで組み上げており、将来的な再利用やリノベーションに対応しています。(写真撮影 川元斉)
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Guryongpo Project

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