ok, so it's not really my house, but I could totally live here.
The woodwork is awesome.
This is an intervension by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects, what they did was a void in order to form a central porch that could connect the original structure of the house ( made 200 years ago), and the existing gardens with the new renovation, this also allowed natural light and ventilation throught the house.
For me this is good architecture, they perserved what was important (like the facede and structure of this japanese house), and they did only what was necessary.
A lot of architects would have teared the house down and would have done something completely diferent, in order to show that THEY did the house.
We architects have to have respect for the things that were there before us and we have to be patient.