'house yagiyama' by kazuya saito architects, sendai, miyagi, japan
image © yasuhiro takagi
all images courtesy of kazuya saito architects
japanese firm kazuya saito architects have recently completed the 'house yagiyama', a single storey residence within the hilly area of sendai, miyagi, japan.
positioned to the south of the hirosegawa river, the dwelling is situated amongst residential structures that date from the 1960s. the volume gives privacy
to inhabitants while a breeze passes through the four outdoor terraces. without windows at the perimeter, the interior is opened to daylight with a separated entry,
side door entrance, wash room and garden. high windows allows for daylight and ventilation while eliminating views from neighbors. a central skylight releases
built up hot air and promotes stack effect.
the illusion of a never-ending interior is created by arranging rooms alongside outdoor terraces. a unique palette within every space including
wood-clad walls versus off-white surfaces or flat versus inclined ceilings to mark a change during movement between the spaces. the variety gives residents
opportunities for diverse experiences from day to day.
architect: kazuya saito architects
location: sendai, miyagi, japan
structural design: atsuhiro nakahata + yasushi moribe
structural system: wooden
storeys: 1 storey
maximum height: 5,330 mm
site area: 468.96 sqm
building area: 137.47 sqm
total floor area: 137.47 sqm
project year: 2011-2012
photographs: yasuhiro takagi