The beauty of seeing work from Japan is that we get to experience two extremes. On one hand we get to see the modern and progressive work typically expressed in retail; simultaneously we also get to admire the tradition and simplicity of the vernacular outside the city. This house in Hieidaira, located at the foot of Mt. Hiei near the border of Kyoto and Shiga, is a perfect example of this serene language.
Designed by Tato Architects who have been established in 1997 by Yo Shimada in Kobe, Japan, this home is the dwelling and work studio of an artist. The client requested a space for his parents with hope that they would live with him in the future.
photos © Satoshi Shigeta