the world's most visited architecture website

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects


Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.


Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »


All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.


Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Articles
  3. K House / D.I.G Architects

K House / D.I.G Architects

K House / D.I.G Architects
© Tomohiro Sakashita
© Tomohiro Sakashita

Architects: D.I.G Architects Location: Nagoya City, Japan Design Team: Akinori Yoshimura, Maki Yoshimura Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Tomohiro Sakashita

© Tomohiro Sakashita © Tomohiro Sakashita © Tomohiro Sakashita © Tomohiro Sakashita + 14

Project Area: 89.4 sqm Collaborators: Nawakenji-m

A small house located on a steep slanting slope. The client simply wanted a life with a blessing of nature nearby and the beautiful townscape in distant.

Left only a very narrow flat part which is barely enough for a car, the site was steeply sloped down, almost like a cliff. We first had an idea to excavate the ground to generate a living space.  Corresponding the nature form, heterogeneous and flexible space would retrieve the enchantment of the site. Not a house constructed on a cliff, but a habitat generated by the nature form of the cliff. A habitat like a pit or a shed posteriorly discovered in the terrains of landscape.

© Tomohiro Sakashita
© Tomohiro Sakashita

So we dig the earth to make the “floor”. Then a “sail” was set on that dent. The structural image of the generation of this “sail” is that the closed and self-contained systems like a polyhedron or a sphere, came down to the site and was spread up through anchoring to the earth. Now we’ve got a certain volume on a steeply slanting surface wrapped with a pitted earth and the sail-like tent on top.

© Tomohiro Sakashita
© Tomohiro Sakashita

Then we put a flat and straight deck bridging the vacant space. There’s no function assigned for this deck for the moment. But you might have moments in the life surrounded and protected by the earth that you need a place detached from the ground. There’s no partition dividing space, but level differences by a deck and a pit that generate characteristics for the empty space. The uses are not regulated except the bathroom. You think how to use while in use, through the direct feeling to your body.

© Tomohiro Sakashita
© Tomohiro Sakashita

View the complete gallery

About this author
Fabian Cifuentes
Cite: Fabian Cifuentes. "K House / D.I.G Architects" 16 Aug 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
Read comments

You've started following your first account!

Did you know?

You'll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.