Modern Japanese Home Extension 1

A young couple living with extended family in a rural, traditional-style Japanese home now have their own private retreat thanks to a modern extension by mA-style Architects. The new volume, primarily made of plywood,  is connected to the main home by a narrow passageway that cuts through the garden, providing easy access to the family while maintaining their own separate space.

Modern Japanese Home Extension 2

The addition stands alone, with its own small kitchen, dining room, living room and bathroom. The main house offers expanded facilities and common space for the entire family. The single-story home gets a boost in height from a V-beam roof truss for a loft-like feel with extra storage.

Modern Japanese Home Extension 3

Ladders and stairs lead up to these storage spaces along the perimeter of the home, as well as a lofted bedroom. The home is finished in white and pale wood tones to encourage the expression of the young couple’s individual style.

Modern Japanese Home Extension 5

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The extension is made of sandwiched 62-millimeter plywood panels topped with a thin roof. This lightweight construction looks a bit more substantial than it is thanks to the edges that overhang the load-bearing walls. Such a construction style is common in Japan, where houses are typically built to last about 25 years.