Beams apparent as an accent in a Japanese guest house

Beams apparent as an accent in a Japanese guest house


Today, our team is in Japan to familiarize you with a slightly different project that involves the renovation of a guest house built 120 years ago. Located near Kyoto’s Nijo Castle, the building combines traditional architectural elements with modern accents. The credit goes to td-Atelier, a Japanese architecture firm that has done fascinating work. The interior decoration advocates exposed beams that bring a certain warmth. The wooden cladding and the modern design staircase contribute to the contemporary décor. In addition, a Japanese garden enhances the outdoor space while creating a Zen atmosphere.

The exposed beams are present in every living space of the guest house

Beams apparent as an accent in a Japanese guest house

For the renovation of the “Khaki guest house”, the architects focused on the coexistence of old and new elements. The abstract paintings on the doors are one of the masterpieces of the artist Misaki Yurina. Being a characteristic feature of Japanese architecture, the sliding doors separate the different rooms.

Beams apparent as an accent in a Japanese guest house

The exposed beams in dark wood contrast with the light wood trim of the rooms. A rather captivating detail is the modern and minimalist staircase that combines two different materials to create a meeting of cold and heat: steel and wood. The white support used by the stairs is, indeed, the toilet. Located in the immediate vicinity, the dining room in Japanese style is furnished with solid wood furniture that provides unmatched warmth while bringing together the traditional and the modern.

Beams apparent as an accent in a Japanese guest house


The guesthouse “Khaki” is full of surprises. Let’s discover another unusual detail that plays the role of a connection between the two rooms on the second floor. It is a steel bridge that was installed during the renovation of the building. We also notice the exposed beams and sliding doors that are the centerpieces of the house.

Beams apparent as an accent in a Japanese guest house

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We have already told you a few words about the Japanese garden decorating the outdoor area. But the house also has another rooftop garden as you can see by taking a look at the example above.

The guest house “Khaki” seen from the outside

Beams apparent as an accent in a Japanese guest house


Beams visible on the ceiling in one of the bedrooms

Beams apparent as an accent in a Japanese guest house


The dining room glorifying solid wood

Beams apparent as an accent in a Japanese guest house

Sliding door and minimalist staircase

Beams apparent as an accent in a Japanese guest house

The Japanese garden creates a zen atmosphere

Beams apparent as an accent in a Japanese guest house

Steel bridge connecting the two chambers

Beams apparent as an accent in a Japanese guest house

Images of the house before the renovation

Beams apparent as an accent in a Japanese guest house

Project schema

Beams apparent as an accent in a Japanese guest house

* Architects: td-Workshop

Beams apparent as an accent in a Japanese guest house


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