You might be tempted to see the simple, clean, fresh renovation of a cafe in Nara, Japan by architect architect/designer Jun Murata/JAM, completed this year, as nothing too exciting until you view the before photos and see what had to be worked with. The result of a calming, relaxing, home-like space from what used to be there is amazing, then, and you enjoy the simple style even more.
“The site is located at the foot of Mt. Wakakusayama in northern Nara. Here, in a region of a historical area including Machiya (traditional wooden townhouses), Shin-Yakushi-Ji and Buddhist temples. The Intention was to create a rich relaxation place for tourists and neighbors.”
“The building which should be repaired is an old steel frame two-story building, and is connected with the back to two old wooden one-story house and the small yard on the south. In order not to make the guest of all the generations that share this space feel construction a feeling of oppression and a feeling of tension, inside details are arranged simply and purely. And, many wooden and aged furniture, lighting, and goods are displayed.”
More on the architect’s website.