This restored townhouse effortlessly manages to blend the practical and modern with nostalgia and respect for the ancient past. The result is a property which is both timeless and perpetually polished, clean and yet carefully considered; we can think of nowhere better to take a break from the rush of everyday life than in the quiet harmony of BenTen East.
Although the design of BenTen East may look minimalist, we adore the way this property endlessly delivers on detail. Every angle has been fastidiously carved, each finish meticulously chosen, and every light perfectly placed, so that all the elements of this house chime in accordance with one another and generate a complete harmony.
BenTen East is a restored traditional Kyoto Townhouse (Kyo-Machiya), retaining the original timber structure and parts of the original clay walls, but enhanced with what today’s technologies have to offer in terms of finishing and fittings.
In the founders brief to the architect Asami-san, their intent was one of restoration, which would go over and beyond a simple renovation process. At the same time, they realised the need to incorporate modern comfort features like heated flooring while retaining as much of the original architectural characteristics as possible. The crew that worked on the Benten project are passionate artisans and demonstrated an extraordinary level of intensity and craftsmanship in their work.
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