A Machiya of our Time

Kyoto, Japan.

Machiya are traditional wooden townhouses found throughout Japan and typified in the historical capital of Kyoto. The project proposes a new revision of this typology adapting the type to the current time. In an urban situation with higher density cities, the project proposes a densification of the type as well. Accommodating four different units instead of one, the proposed Machiya tries to adapt to a new situation and the courtyard becomes the core of the unit.

As an infill urban location, the project becomes richer as more units are added to the equation. An aggregation system allows the genesis of an interior semi public space where all the units are connected. The lack of public space in the streets is supplemented in a new pedestrian atmosphere where different courtyards and volumes tie the void together.