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Traditional Japanse house

I've been learning "sukiya-zukuri" which is one type of traditional Japanese architectural style. This style is based on the design of traditional tea houses and is characterised by a use of natural materials. The beauty of sukiya-zukuri comes from the delicate sensibility of the slender wood elements and other natural materials used, and the simplicity of ornamentation,

The sukiya gate itself and other surroundings such as a wood skin roof, pillars, stepping stones and a lantern, are made of natural materials. Timbers and natural materials changes its colour and becomes enriched as time goes by. Like the moss on the roof, it harmonizes with nature.

Polished cedar logs are in the sukiya carpenter's warehouse. They are normally polished with fine sand after peeling the bark, it then has glossy wood surfaces.

Processing wooden pillars.

This work is called "hikaritsuke" to fit the shape of seating stone surface and pillar's bottom.

We have just started the construction of sukiya-zukuri house in Amagi, Fukuoka. This project, prefabricated traditional Japanese house is a new trial to shorten the construction period and to reduce the costs. It is a prefab, but using the real method and real materials. In other words, it is an attempt to lower the cost of traditional Japanese house which has an upscale image, to the level of the general houses without compromising the quality. I've joined this project designed by Research Institute for Architectural Culture in Kyoto, as a design supervisor. Have to learn it completely to disseminate this method.


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Capel in a garden

Following the last blog, there's a chapel in the James residence garden with a great view of the sea.

Due to the glass walls of all directions, you could see a wonderful panoramic view which has blue sea, sky, greenery and an old European-style building. This is very confortable space.

The chapel is surrounded by water channel which reflects the sky.

This channel is lit up in the night. No doubt it is romantic.

The interior unified all in white lends even more charm to the view. I was very impressed and learnt a lot from this chapel.


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James Residence

Visited James Residence near my hometown Kobe to observe the architecture and its interior design. The wedding compny, Novarese renovated a residence to a wedding place last year. This building was built in 1934, two-story building made of wood in part reinforced concrete.

Main door of entrance made of iron which has fine art and the stately door creates a mature impression. Apparently it costs several tens of millions of yen.

There were stained glasses beside the stairs. I like the atmosphere of the old western style building.

This has simple design and calm colors. Brilliant.

Drawing room has the simple interior design which certainly shows off the dress. The floor made of parquetry is marvelous.

The other type of floor which is using Taizan Tiles come from Kyoto. The color combination is awesome.

At the entrance of the reception and banquet hall, there's a wall having fabulous color gradation decorated by the famous plasterer, Ario Kuzumi. Would anyone let me try this kind of wall at your place?  

Effectively using the advantage of great location by the ocean, scenery from the hall is great. In the large garden, there's a small and old tea house with thatched roof. This tea house will be renovated in near futre. The James residence is around 80 years old though, it shows beauty of aging by using high quality and real building materials. This observation was really helpful for me.   


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Comorebi Arquitecto

遅ればせながら、建築士事務所登録しました自分の事務所の名前です。"木もれびアルキテクト"といいます。Belatedly my office has been officially registered as an architectural design office whose name is "Comorebi Arquitecto".

The Japanese word "Comorebi" means "sunlight filtering down through the trees and leaves". I really like being under the "Comorebi" such as the above photo. Hope to design a confortable environment and architecture harmonized with nature.

Hope to design a cafe filled with greenery like the above photo, and I'm excited about designing varieties of architecture. I'll walk toward the goal step by step. "walk" means "aruku" in Japanese that sounds like "Arqui" in Spanish. Combined the word "comorebi" with "Arquitecto" as my office name.

The "Chochikukyo" in Kyoto was designed by Koji Fujii, this is my ideal house and my goal. This can never be old after 100 years due to its design and beauty of aging. I'll spend the rest of my life as an architect and will try hard.

Asking my friend to create my cool home page on a website. ”Comorebi Arquitecto” this is my new office name.  

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