Sakae House
© Yuta Yamada

SAKAE HOUSE

Hearth Architects

AREA
88 m²

YEAR
2020

PHOTOGRAPHS
Yuta Yamada

LEAD ARCHITECT
Yoshitaka Kuga

CATEGORY
Houses

LOCATION
Japan

Sakae House
© Yuta Yamada
Sakae House
© Yuta Yamada

This project is a single-family house on a site, where a part of a tenement house was separated and demolished.

Therefore, the site is long and thin with a width of 7.5m and depth of 30m which is like ‘a bed for an eel’.

Sakae House
© Yuta Yamada
Sakae House
© Yuta Yamada

Usually, you advance a typical courtyard on a site like this, but this time we decided to make a floor plan with a front garden and a rear garden instead of a typical courtyard that separates the space because the surrounding environment is an open space.

Sakae House
© Yuta Yamada
Sakae House
© Yuta Yamada
Sakae House
© Yuta Yamada

Then we made an intermediate space (a rich empty space) which has an overflow light and a spot garden-like alleyway at the southern side for two gardens to connect.

Sakae House
© Yuta Yamada
Sakae House
© Yuta Yamada
Sakae House
© Yuta Yamada
Sakae House
© Yuta Yamada

While creating an externally closed space in consideration of privacy, we let in light and created a staging (changes felt by the five senses) in which the shade of light changes depending on the season and time of day, by installing skylights and high sidelights.

Sakae House
© Yuta Yamada
Sakae House
© Yuta Yamada
Sakae House
© Yuta Yamada

In addition, by designing the alleyways and semi-outdoor spaces as if we were designing a city or townscape rather than a house, we were able to create a rich space that makes the most of the intermediate areas (the various connections and depths between inside and outside) while maintaining functionality.

Sakae House
© Yuta Yamada
Sakae House
© Yuta Yamada
Sakae House
© Yuta Yamada
Sakae House
© Yuta Yamada
Sakae House
© Yuta Yamada

The lean and calm space, which is full of nature, will give an extraordinary feeling to the client’s everyday life.


Sakae House
Plan - Ground Floor
Sakae House
Plan - 1st and 2nd Floor


Sakae House
Elevation and section

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