Japanese architecture studio miCo., created by Mizuki Imamura and Isao Shinohara, redesigned this simple house, modifying the landscape of a residential district. 30 years old wooden house is located on a typical narrow piece of land and is surrounded by other houses. The architects decided to divide the house to three separate units, which lightened the house visually and solved shading and ventilation problems.
"We tried to see this dense neighborhood of wooden houses as a “compact cluster of the wooden frames”, which then seemed to us like an editable landscape. The wooden frame structure made it possible to add or subtract beams and columns, setting free the renewal of the building. The wooden frame structure allows for the addition and subtraction of beams and columns to fit the composition of the family and its current purpose, letting us freely renew the house. The issues of the old wooden house were solved by altering the framework without depending on the site or the existing building. Rather than creating a brand-new view, we tried to make an aged building which changes slowly with the landscape." via thisispaper