B.L.U.E. studio creates a collage of japanese tradition and modernity
in matters of architecture, japan has been on the cutting edge for a long time. its vernacular style was a precursor to millennialism, and the inspiration of revolutionary architects such as frank lloyd wright and many others. needless to say, this traditional japanese style does not feel dated in anyway and certainly not in the case of this guest house designed by B.L.U.E. architecture studio in kyoto, japan. the project manages to combine traditional and contemporary styles for a result that is both cozy, and perhaps timeless.
the guest house is quite small, with only two floors, and a small footprint; yet, through clever use of space it achieves a sense of roominess. this effect is added to by the selected seating, which is very low to the ground, giving the ceilings a lofty effect. B.L.U.E. stands for bejing labratory of urban environment; it is a studio based in beijing that specializes in urban development, architecture and furniture design, and these aspects can be seen in the facets of this project.
the interior, which was in a dire state before the project was undertaken, did offer some interesting features, including some amazing original wooden ceiling beams that were preserved in the new design. from these elements the architect expanded, adding new shōji screens to match. these screens have more modern designs but maintain the geometry of the structure. each part is completed with attention to detail, from the garden to the stairwell — the effects are in the photos.
another unique and interesting feature of the renovated house is the channel that leads directly from the street into the garden. the door is made of glass and allows light to enter. it’s a beautiful cross section of the building that allows visitors to effortlessly enter the home by whatever means desired.