tomoaki uno architects‘ sagamine house is an exposed concrete dwelling set within the green landscape of a site in an old residential area on the outskirts of nagakute city, japan. the building comprises a concrete exterior, while its interior spaces are complemented by the use of white oak, which can also be found on the various window frames around its perimeter. its different spaces are allocated within two main volumes, while a third, smaller one, connects the two and provides additional room from the first level upwards.images by hiroshi tanigawa and yasuko okamura
tomoaki uno architects has developed sagamine house for a couple who wanted a modern home with exposed concrete as the main material. as such, the entire structure is built in concrete, which attributes a monolithic, brutalist aesthetic to the project. the building comprises two main volumes that enclose most interior functions, while another, smaller unit connects the two and provides space for the kitchen and dining areas.
inside, tomoaki uno has used white oak to soften the roughness of the concrete, applying it in pieces of furniture, stairs, doors, and window frames. placed far from the entrance, the living room benefits from a large, floor-to-ceiling window that offers views towards the east. the japanese architecture studio has designed its white oak structure to frame the scenery like a painting.
name: sagamine house
architect: tomoaki uno architects
lead architect: tomoaki uno
gross built area: 153.27 sqm
location: nagakute, aichi prefecture, japan