kazuya saito architects: house yagiyama kazuya saito architects: house yagiyama
nov 13, 2012

kazuya saito architects: house yagiyama

‘house yagiyama’ by kazuya saito architects, sendai, miyagi, japanimage © yasuhiro takagiall 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.



gate entryimage © yasuhiro takagi



living roomimage © yasuhiro takagi



threshold to dining areaimage © yasuhiro takagi



(left) dining room(right) living roomimages © yasuhiro takagi



dining areaimage © yasuhiro takagi



dining roomimage © yasuhiro takagi



entry at duskimage © yasuhiro takagi



elevated perspective of residenceimage © yasuhiro takagi



site plan



floor plan / level 0






project info:



architect: kazuya saito architectslocation: sendai, miyagi, japanstructural design: atsuhiro nakahata + yasushi moribestructural system: woodenstoreys: 1 storeymaximum height: 5,330 mmsite area: 468.96 sqmbuilding area: 137.47 sqmtotal floor area: 137.47 sqmproject year: 2011-2012photographs: yasuhiro takagi

  • you can watch the movable panoramic images at the address below.

    kazuya saito says:
  • It’s a lovely looking design. Yet while I am no architect, I can’t help but comment… the first things I notice are that it has no eaves and roof cavity – so it’s gonna be hot in there in summer… and again with no eaves, and no gutters, the water will just run straight off the roof and down the side walls. And no protection from rain when you step outside. These are boring things but I couldn’t imagine living in a house without them.

    bruce says:
  • Very good point Bruce, I agree with you.

    Paul says:

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