This was a small-scale renovation of the first floor of a two-story wooden house in Gifu City. The client's request was to dramatically change the space by renovating it with a focus on finishing and details, without changing the basic existing floor plan. In a normal design process, the focus is shifted from the large "whole" to the small "parts" to elevate the building. The selection of materials and details in this process are merely one of the means to support the "whole". However, in this case, the "whole" (in this case, the exterior and floor plan) had already been decided, and we started from the "parts", so the key point was where to place the "axis". Therefore, by proceeding with the balance between materials and details as the axis, a new space where tension and gentleness coexist was born.

Photo:Yutaka Kinumaki