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.
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.
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.
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.