House in Sendai-Kasumi by Kiyonobu Nakagame

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Japanese architects Kiyonobu Nakagame have updated their website, showing work including House in Sendai-Kasumi.

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The house, overlooking the city of Sendai, was completed in September last year.

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Here's some information from Kiyonobu Nakagame and Associates:

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The house sits on the hill top that overlooks the city of Sendai, situated within the area called Yakiyama offering magnificent views of cliffs that rise from the Hirose River running at the bottom.

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The site has an elongated configuration in a North/South orientation, adjoined by existing houses on both sides.

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The site planning was conceived in relation to the density of neighboring houses and consisted of the elongated volume placed along the site and the large garden adjoined to it.

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While the site descends towards the cliff side the house volume is lifted up, creating the gap between them in which the garden, the living room and even the marvelous view of Sendai integrate with each another and become a large unified site as a whole.

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In terms of HVAC, we contrived effective heating systems. Although Sendai is not fully a cold district adequate heating devices were still necessary, considering the frequent strong north winds blowing up the hill. Hydronic radiant floor heating was applied to the entire floor area in the large room on the 1st floor. Furthermore, hydronic heating is also provided on the walls in each room, creating comfortable spaces with the radiant heat.

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Location: Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture
Architects: Kiyonobu Nakagame & Associates
Engineers: Kanebako structural engineers
General contractor: Prolog
Completion date: September, 2007
Photographs: K.Torimura

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  • http://jpdesign.org Teddy

    beautiful!

  • K. Rimane

    What a house! What a view! some people are truly lucky!

  • eyeontheworld

    Lego bricks; stacked as steps…with windows.
    Sadly it seems that only two windows benefit from such a spectacular view. Though granted, giving the second floor additional height and a cantilevered aspect does help enhance the views perspective. I honestly think a, floor to ceiling single pane of glass would have suited better. Some nice touches, though I feel, not enough to warrant a successful use of space and area. Shame.

  • loc

    i want to be able to see plants(floors), only in spite of seeing photo it is not possible to see well the idea.
    On the other hand I believe that it was a bad(wrong) solution to the topography, there are other forms of resover it … I do not like it(him,her,you) horribly!!!

  • floyd landis

    The house steps, do you get it, see, steps, stepping, it steps, up and down steps, get it? Look it’s stepping.

  • Gabs

    WHY OH WHY CAN’T WE GET PAST MIES!?

  • Juanjo Vargas

    Gabs, bcos he rules :)

  • izan

    just seing before.but its beutifully from the architect itself.

  • http://xxx paola pini

    j think, it is “no time architecture” with view. thanks

  • gab

    what a house! its really great..a welcoming house after a busy activity…good concept…a big applause to the maker of this house.hooray.cheers!

  • selrach

    Why live in a cozy more traditional style house when you can reside in a cubist godzilla emerging from the earth?