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NRM architects office: house in sakai
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may 23, 2012
NRM architects office: house in sakai


‘house in sakai’ by NRM architects office, osaka, japan
all images courtesy of
NRM architects office

image © eiji tomita

osaka-based practice NRM architects office have recently completed ‘house in sakai’, a residence for a family and an elderly parent in osaka, japan.
set back from the street, a solid facade of striated black metal panels borders an expansive forecourt. a square of pavement is removed
from the driveway to form a plot for trees and shrubs, partially concealing the entrance from view. an entry walk parallels the concrete
retaining walls which outline the site’s extents, generating a compressed and introverted experience. a singular rectilinear

dormer window peers above the rectangular elevation providing outward
views towards the rooftops from the internal stairway.

at ground level, a combined kitchen, dining and living area directly access an open-air courtyard. once outside, inhabitants may re-enter
the interior through the grand common space or through an additional side door which leads to a bathroom and corridor. accessed from the living room,
the main stairs are placed within the double-storey volume which overlooks the street and neighboring dwellings.


front elevation
images © eiji tomita


(left) corridor to japanese-style room
(right) japanese-style room

images © eiji tomita


japanese-style room
image © eiji tomita


(left) corridor
(right) living room

images © eiji tomita


(left) stairs
(right)
central courtyard
images © eiji tomita


view of the living + dining area from the kitchen
image © eiji tomita


(left) dining + kitchen opens to the courtyard
(right) courtyard
images © eiji tomita


(left) at night
(right) entry walk
images © eiji tomita


floor plan / level 0


floor plan / level 1

project info:

architects: shunichiro ninomiya + tomoko morodome / NRM-architects office
location: osaka, japan
principal use: personal house
structure: wood structure, 2 stories
site area: 325.46sqm  building area : 122.15sqm
total floor area: 173.91sqm
project completion: 2011
photograph: eiji tomita

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