Engawa House
© Yohei Sasakura

ENGAWA HOUSE

nLDK Architects

ARCHITECTS
nLDK Architects

PHOTOGRAPHS
Yohei Sasakura

CATAGORY
Houses

YEAR
2021

STRUCTURE ARCHITECT
Kataoka Structural Design Department

LEAD ARCHITECT
Yoko Kondo

AREA
115 m²

MANUFACTURERS
NOZIMOKU

PROJECT MANAGER & CONTRACTOR
IFA

LOCATION
Osaka, Japan

In Japan, there are four seasons and beautiful nature but there are lots of disasters too.It was not common recently because houses needed high airtight and insulation.

Engawa House
© Yohei Sasakura
Engawa House
© Yohei Sasakura
Engawa House
© Yohei Sasakura
Engawa House
© Yohei Sasakura
Engawa House
© Yohei Sasakura

Our ancestors have been living with them. After the huge earthquake, a vast and long embankment was constructed along the coast.

Engawa House
© Yohei Sasakura
Engawa House
© Yohei Sasakura

It can control disasters but also interrupt views. I would like to design comfortable spaces for the ordinary and extraordinary.

Engawa House
© Yohei Sasakura
Engawa House
© Yohei Sasakura
Engawa House
© Yohei Sasakura
Engawa House
© Yohei Sasakura
Engawa House
© Yohei Sasakura

The site faces a park with beautiful cherry trees and also a hill with a risk of landslides.But I think that houses should open to the outside again to take in sun, lay and wind and ventilating.

Engawa House
© Yohei Sasakura
Engawa House
© Yohei Sasakura

The house should have a concrete wall that prevents landslides. And the clients wanted to see their garden and the park from their house.

Engawa House
© Yohei Sasakura
Engawa House
© Yohei Sasakura

So I designed the concrete platform with 1 meter height = ENGAWA. The Engawa is a traditional part of the house in Japan for connecting the interior and the exterior.

I updated the traditional Engawa to the modern concrete ENGAWA. It is also wider than traditional ones so residents not only pass through corridors but also hang out in the living room.

Engawa House
© Yohei Sasakura
Engawa House
© Yohei Sasakura


Engawa House
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