As citizens of Kyoto, we have a responsibility to preserve and protect Kyoto’s beautiful cityscape into the future.
Our town, where we live and work, has many old pre-war buildings.
Our stewardship must include the preservation of these old historic buildings through renovation, which will make them safely inhabitable as homes for future generations.
In the past, the life span for a house had not been a mere 30 years like it is today. Housing in the post-war period of high economic growth sees as a matter of course new construction as basically “scrap and build.” And this led to a radical transformation in construction methods as well as in considerations concerning their value.
In Kyoto, we have many beautiful old buildings. However, as these traditional old buildings—including the kyo-machiya townhouses, which contribute so much to the overall beauty of the urban landscape in Kyoto—began disappearing, we at Hachise began to realize the unique patina found in well-maintained old houses and that one simply cannot judge a building by its age.
With this in mind, Hachise has decided to create houses that have irreplaceable charms that cannot be realized with new housing construction, and we came up with a plan to renovate old houses to make the most of their potential value.
Our machiya renovations do not merely bring the house back to what it once was—for we aim for something much more than that.
Our renovated properties aim to help residents enjoy life better. By providing safer and more secure housing, our renovations also take into consideration the needs of a modern lifestyle. But what’s more, they help to contribute to the overall beauty of the city. Our homes are places of great beauty that allow residents to experience nature and to live in harmony with the four seasons.
At Hachise, we will continue to come up with plans for the renovation of traditional buildings that will serve to innovate and give new life to urban culture in Kyoto.
We continue to work hard to make Kyoto a pleasurable place for people to live.