ISSUE 4  |  Japan by Design

A DIT (Do-It-Together) Renovation in Hayama, Japan

January 25, 2017 6:00 AM

BY Alexa Hotz

Last year, architects Takuya Tsuchida and Makiko Okano of the Yokohama-based firm No. 555 renovated a humble apartment in the coastal city of Hayama, Japan, by moving in for the summer and renovating it bit by bit. The architects enlisted the No. 555 design team and students from the Kanto Gakuin University to help with the painting and plasterwork (stucco finished with a coating of lye), and treated the polished concrete floors like a Jackson Pollock painting. Here’s a look at the project from finish to start (scroll down).

Photography by Masatoshi Mori, courtesy of No. 555.

Hayama House by No.555 Architects in Japan

Above: The living room is outfitted with midcentury modern and traditional Japanese antiques. A grouping of potted plants and hanging Staghorn fern bring life into the small space. For similar furniture from Beijing-based Lost & Found, see our post Communist Era–Inspired Furniture in Beijing.

Hayama House by No.555 Architects in Japan

Above: The concrete floor with splatter paint detail.

Hayama House by No.555 Architects in Japan

Above: The dining room is kitted with a custom wood table in the same style as the kitchen counters and French brasserie rattan chairs (you can source them at American Country or Williams Sonoma).

Hayama House by No. 555 Architects in Japan

Above L: No. 555 designed the open kitchen with a series of unfinished wood countertops finished with eco-friendly oil from Osmo. Above the kitchen island in the foreground is a custom hanging wine rack suspended from steel wire. Above R: The entryway to the apartment with shelves for storing house shoes.

Hayama House by No. 555 Architects in Japan

Above: A modern Japanese living space with tatami mat flooring and a concealed storage closet.

Hayama House by No. 555 Architects in Japan

Above: Detail of the painted flooring that runs along the perimeter of the room.

Hayama House by No. 555 Architects in Japan

Above: In the bedroom, open closet storage is designed with an extended train rack for hanging clothes and floating wall shelf below.

Hayama House by No. 555 Architects in Japan

Above: Two different bathrooms in the house with matching faucets, fixtures, and mirrors. The Wide Enamel Lab Sinks are by Toto.

Hayama House by No. 555 Architects in Japan

Above: The industrial bath has waterproof FRP (fiber-reinforced plastic) panel walls and an inset Kaldewei TForm Bathtub with the base walls removed for a more deconstructed look.

Before

Hayama House by No. 555 Architects in Japan Before

Above: The start of the project in early summer 2016. Photograph via the No. 555 blog.

Hayama House by No. 555 Architects in Japan Before

Above: The No. 555 team at work. Photograph via the No. 555 blog.

Hayama House by No. 555 Architects in Japan Before

Above: Architecture students from the Kanto Gakuin University help plaster the walls before a group BBQ on the beach. Photograph via the No. 555 blog.

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