Fugu Project, Kyoto (2018)

A renovation of an 80-year-old Machiya that contained a Fugu restaurant in the center of Gion. The Machiya was renovated into a residence that combines the best of both Japanese culture and western amenities, using only all-natural materials. The client was a couple from the US, who enjoys the Japanese lifestyle, but stressed that they spent most of their time in the kitchen, gathering with friends.
Therefore, an effort was made to give them the comfort of their kitchen in the US surrounded by real Japanese culture. The addition of work by Eriko Horiki adds a new dimension to this project. Ms. Horiki is a world-renowned washi artist that made a piece of washi that acts as a screen between 2 spaces in the house; a first for her.

*Designed in cooperation with TOMURO Atelier.