Yufutoku is a new construction ‘Machiya’ building. ‘Machiya’ is like a ‘Shophouse’ where the ground floor is a shop, and above is the shop owner’s family house. Machiya has increasingly become rare due to the market economy and disintegration of social structure, and it is increasingly difficult to run a ‘papa and mom’ shop that has close tie to the neighborhood and local economy. To celebrate the spirit of local business and advance ‘Machiya’ building typology, the design focused on the interface on the street, especially the facade treatment with ‘Machiya-style’ wooden louvers. The design was inspired by traditional Japanese wood louvers facade, but the depth of each louvers are parametrically modulated across the facade. The building become a ‘lantern’ on the street in the old neighborhood, the patterns of light spill through the façade allow gradual change of characters in response to the time of a day, traffic lights, climatic lighting conditions in changing weather and season.


Collaboration with ISSHO, Alan Burden(Structure)  Photo: Kouichi Torimura