Why is Hachise building new Machiyas？
Kyo-Machiyas, Japanese wooden townhouses built with traditional construction method before 1950, played a significant role in forming such a unique street scape.
While there were 47,735 of these townhouses back in 2009, the number decreased to 42,133 in Kyoto as of 2016. On average 2.2 of them were being demolished per day due to deterioration or vacancy, and then turned into hotels, condominiums or parking lots, etc. With this speed, there will be almost no Machiyas left in Kyoto after 50 years.
Knowing that preservation alone will not prevent such tragedy from happening, Hachise launched the “Kyo Tsumugi” project in the summer of 2018 to build townhouses with the traditional construction method together with Azusa Koumuten as the Kyo-Machiyas of the future.
"Would you like to help form the cityscape of Kyoto 100 years from now?
Passing the traditional construction method to the next generation
Traditional construction method is made up with 3 main components: Kigumi (Interlocking Wooden Joints), Ishibatate (Stone Base), and Tsuchikabe (Daub Wall).
Cutting wood with preciseness to form interlocking wooden joints, and making of the daub wall through covering braided bamboo with mud. These are all wisdoms passed down from the ancestors that even people nowadays are touched and impressed with. This project provides an opportunity to pass down the traditional techniques that Japan is proud of.
KyoMachiya that meets the current earthquake resistance standards
Constructing a new Kyo-Machiya today is extremely difficult today, as it needs to meet the earthquake resistance requirements of the Building Standards Act that went into effect since 1950.
By investing additional effort and resources, the construction project was approved with collective effort from specialists of different fields and the government officials.
We want to make sure the newly built Kyo-Machiyas are as strong to earthquakes as possible.
Redevelop the properties at the end of the alley effectively
The final challenge is to develop the properties at the end of the alley effectively.
With the help of land owners near the property, we were able to built the new Kyo-Machiyas on the lands that do not allow new construction by it selves by applying the 「Collective Building Design System」.
We hope that "KyoTsumugi" becomes a project that bridges the skills of the traditional construction method to the future, and then contributes to keeping Kyoto as beautiful as it is today.
Message from "Azusa Koumuten"
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