Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Intriguing Preservation & Restoration of 100 Year Old Timber Homes

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.

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