Daita Project by Sasaki Architecture

Rich lifestyles in minimalist space

Project Specs


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Daita Project is a residential complex consisting of 16 apartments located in a quiet residential area close to a main road in Setagaya-ku in the Western part of Tokyo. The site is located in a hilly area dotted with L-shaped mansions surrounded by trees.

▼项目外观,external view of the building


An L-shaped space was created resembling the nearby mansions. Plantings are used at the building’s exterior reflecting the nearby natural green spaces. Three maisonette units face the street and step in relation to the natural slope of the property. The upper floors utilize the height difference provided by this slope to create a diverse sectional profile. The dwelling units span the depth of the site and access the surrounding scenery which resembles the natural landscape surrounding the nearby mansions. This access to nature is felt and experienced by utilizing the different heights of the dwelling units.

▼项目外观,屋顶随街道高差变化,external view of the building, roof changing along the street slope

▼建筑入口,entrance of the building

▼连接建筑不同高差区域的绿化台阶,planting stairs connecting the building areas on different heights


L-shaped colored stainless steel openings are dispersed along the facade penetrating the outer and inner wall surfaces creating a feeling reminiscent of the surrounding green area and references the existing trees nearby. Studios are arranged above the maisonettes and their ceiling heights gradually change along the sloping street while the roof follows in kind. This provides a diverse collection of spaces within the cross-sectional volume of the building.

▼立面点缀L型绿色窗框,L-shaped green window frames dispersed along the facade

▼窗框细部,closer view to the window frames

▼绿色窗框与周边树木相呼应,green frames corresponding to the trees nearby


The dwelling units combine a simple design with little wasted space which allows for a variety of flexible configurations. This is expressed by the contrasting white paneled and bare concrete walls. A series of steps within each of the spaces creates a relationship where living, dining and bedrooms can be changed by the residents. In addition, an L-shaped self-supporting wall has been designed to be used as a walk-in closet or perhaps as a compact PC booth.

▼居住单元,台阶连接不同空间,dwelling units with steps defining different areas

▼随着高差可以欣赏不同的室外自然景观,enjoy the outdoor natural landscape through different heights

▼室内空间由简洁的白色板材、混凝土墙面和木地板组成,interior space composed of white panels, concrete walls and wooden flooring

▼不同布局的房间,apartments with different layouts

▼屋顶随着空间高度变化,roof changing along with the different heights of the space

▼楼梯细部,details of the staircase


A playful use of materials and spaces based on a minimalism related to the nature of the site provides a richness to this special experience. A lifestyle not dominated by things and a liberating sense of freedom exists within the space. A dialogue between the existing architecture and surrounding area is firmly established through the use of color, green plantings and the physical form of the residence.

▼混凝土楼梯间,可以看到室外的自然环境,concrete staircase with view to the outdoor natural landscape

▼夜景,night view

Architects: Ryuichi Sasaki / Sasaki Architecture
Lead Architect: Ryuichi Sasaki / Sasaki Architecture
Address:5-9-17-403 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0062, Japan
Phone +81-3-3405-4333 Fax +81-3-3405-4336
Website: www.sasaki-architecture.com
Architecture Team: Ryuichi Sasaki, Gen Sakaguchi, Anna Kwapien, Yuriko Ogura, Cecile Brissez, Anthony Heller

Structure: Kazuki Takano / Atelier La Cle
Client: Kenji Miumi / Agilex Co.,LTD.
Contractor: NI Kensetsu
Color Stainless Polish: Shinko Stainless Kemma
Light: Natsuha Kameoka / Lighting Sou
Photo: Takumi Ota Photography

Site Area: 267.93m2
Building Area: 535.93m2
Structure: Reinforced Concrete
Construction Schedule: October, 2017 to March, 2019

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