dai nagasaka / méga: a house in arashiyama
dai nagasaka / méga: a house in arashiyama dai nagasaka / méga: a house in arashiyama
sep 02, 2011

dai nagasaka / méga: a house in arashiyama

‘a house in arashiyama’ by dai nagasaka / méga in kyoto, japan all images courtesy dai nagasaka / méga image © toshiyuki numata




japanese architecture firm dai nagasaka / méga has designed ‘a house in arashiyama’, a two-storey private residence for a couple in kyoto, japan. located at the foot of the arashiyama mountain, the design seeks to provide a spatial transition between the street and the rising topography beyond.

street elevation image © toshiyuki numata




through a staggering of levels, an artificial landscape is created within the layout of the house. a series of wide stairs have been constructed at the scale of a room to accentuate the ‘hilly’ quality of the interior. in addition, the slight change in elevation clearly defines programs and zones without the use of partition walls. the result is a visually connected space that promotes a naturally flowing circulation.

interior view from doma image © toshiyuki numata




stepped back from the property line to accommodate two parking spots, the main entrance is tucked around the side and enters on a partially elevated level which accommodates the main bedroom. stepped down from the entryway is the doma, a multifunctional space with a compacted earth floor. a curving wall finished in a contrasting dark-stained wood follows the staircases up to the kitchen/living/dining room. the wall features bouldering fixtures – a hobby of the clients. peaking to a symmetrically pitched ceiling, the dichotomous materials lend a dramatic depth to the open space. an outdoor terrace is accessed through a second set of wide stairs, which encourages informal seating arrangements.

stairs up to second level image © toshiyuki numata

view of kitchen image © toshiyuki numata

image © toshiyuki numata

(left) schematic diagram (right) axonometric

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level +1

longitudinal section


project info:


site area: 145.02 m2 building area: 57.95 m2 total floor area: 86.67 m2 storeys: 2 main construction: wood

  • what happened, how did such an ambitious concept turn into such an uninteresting house? the original diagram is so exciting; a house that acts as a mediator between the street and the mountain, or the urban and the natural, the controlled and the uncontrolled. yet, the axon looks like the concept was create a house out of a commercial egress stair?

    too timid says:

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