Tokyo architect Yasuhiro Yamashita has created a new model of adaptive preservation. Instead of just capturing a place in time, he dismantles and reconstructs a new puzzle of old and new: slick, contemporary galvanized steel panels envelope old wood. 100-year-old timber frames from "folk houses", relocated and combined, form the structural system of the new house. Contrasting colors distinguish old from new. Empty, the house is intriguing, if not a bit ominous . . like an abandoned warehouse.
He has won Residential Architect's grand award in restoration/preservation. Read the article here.