How do you make an ancient structure modern and livable? Katsuhiro Miyamoto and Associates figured it out with the Hankai House in Akashi City. The original structure has many old pieces – roof parts and walls that date back to anywhere between 90 and 300 years ago.
The original structure was a wooden gate house – construction on the modern part of the structure began in 2007 and just ended summer of 2010. The goal of the architect was to be true to the original structure, while making it modern and safe. The newer parts of the structure make it so that the structure is earthquake resistant, which is amazing considering that means that a historic location is protected.
Aesthetically, it is a wonderful combination of the old and the new, with the textures and flavors of the old with the layouts and convenience of the new. Burnt cedar adorns the outer walls while the floor plans have a modern and open feel.