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* Residential Architecture: House in Sendai-Kasumi by Kiyonobu Nakagame

Posted by the editors on Monday, 3 September 2012

Residential Architecture: House in Sendai-Kasumi by Kiyonobu Nakagame: “..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..The site has an elongated configuration in a North/South orientation, adjoined by existing houses on both sides..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..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..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..”  Interesting stepped form and interior volumes; extensive glazing, abundant natural light, views, interesting fenestration; materials sensibility..

image: K.Torimura; article: Dezeen

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