satoshi saito encloses 'house in sakai' behind tall fireproof walls

satoshi saito encloses 'house in sakai' behind tall fireproof walls

satoshi saito of SAI architectural design office has designed a wooden house in a residential area of sakai, a city in japan’s osaka prefecture. the dwelling — titled ‘house in sakai’ — occupies a corner plot in a fire prevention area, and has been designed accordingly. the three-storey residence is surrounded by firewalls, which protect the house while creating three enclosed courtyards. these voids also serve as lightwells, bringing natural illumination into the property.

satoshi saito house sakai
all images by norihito yamauchi



satoshi saito, who leads SAI architectural design office, designated that the ground floor should contain an office as well as washroom facilities. a wooden staircase leads to the more private level above, which accommodates the primary living space: a kitchen, a dining area, and a lounge. finally, the top floor serves as the sleeping quarters with a balcony wrapping around two sides of the room. see other projects by satoshi saito on designboom here.

satoshi saito house sakai

satoshi saito house sakai

satoshi saito house sakai

satoshi saito house sakai

floor plans (click to enlarge)
image courtesy of SAI architectural design office

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image courtesy of SAI architectural design office



project info:


name: house in sakai
location: sakai, osaka japan
site area: 65.37 square meters
building area: 31.14 square meters
total floor area: 71.36 square meters
design: SAI architectural design office, satoshi saito
photography: norihito yamauchi

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