Prefab holiday home in Karuizawa to receive heritage listing

Sekisui House A Type Prefab Home 3

A 53-year old holiday home in Karuizawa is to be the first prefab home in Japan to receive a heritage listing.

The Yamasaki-Usui Villa was built in 1963 in Karuizawa – a popular mountain resort area in Nagano Prefecture. The single-storey house is part of Sekisui House’s ‘A-Type’ of prefab homes. These homes revolutionised Japan’s home-building industry in the 1960s. The house remains in largely original condition and is said to be the oldest surviving A-type model in the country.

The A-type was introduced in April 1960 as the first of Sekisui House’s prefab homes. Later that year the A-type prefab houses were exported overseas to countries including Australia and Tanzania. Over the following years additional models were introduced, including cabin homes and two-storey homes.

The house has been owned by the Yamasaki and Usui families since 1971. It was built using a light-weight steel frame and has a total floor area of just 34 sqm (366 sq.ft). The house is privately owned and not open to the public.

Sekisui House A Type Prefab Home 2

Sekisui House A Type Prefab Home 1

Sekisui House A Type Prefab Home 4
An early advertisement for Sekisui House’s A-Type model home.

Prefab homes were widely introduced in Japan from the early 1960s. They were able to quickly meet a severe housing shortage amidst a period of rapid economic growth following WWII. Daiwa House created the first prefab home – the Midget House – in 1959. The house was a single room of less than 10 sqm (108 sq.ft), and could be assembled in as little as three hours.  In 2014, prefab homes accounted for approximately 15% of all new homes built in Japan in the year.

Sources:
The Chunichi Shimbun, March 12, 2016.
Nagano Prefectural Board of Education Press Release, March 11, 2016.
Sekisui House Newsletter, March 15, 2016.

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