fuse atelier: house in abiko
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jul 28, 2011
fuse atelier: house in abiko


‘house in abiko’ by fuse-atelier in abiko, chiba prefecture, japan
all images courtesy fuse-atelier

tokyo-based fuse-atelier (shigeru fuse) has completed ‘house in abiko’, a three-storey
private dwelling in abiko, chiba prefecture, japan. conceived for a couple who collects
furniture as a hobby, the design revolves around an open and brought living room that is
flexible for multiple configurations.


street face

situated on a tight site flanked by neighbouring structures, the monolithic form is constructed from
reinforced concrete and features a multitude of faceted corners. two volumes protrude out of
the street facade to create an overhang above the entrance and the car park. the larger cantilevered
arm is fronted with a single plane of glass which permits sunlight to enter the interior.


back of the plot

accommodated on the second storey, the main living space sits elevated over the street with
a double-height void above it. the language of the faceted exterior is continued to the interior,
manifesting as a dynamic multi-angled ceiling form. this heightened focal point extends
the sense of space vertically, resulting in a room that is exceptionally open and airy,
despite the heaviness of the material used. a punched-out sky light and another square-faced
window to the back of the plot coupled with the reflective white floor maximizes the amount of
natural daylight entering the house.


(left) cantilevered arm
(right) street view


interior view


views of the ceiling


looking down on the living space


kitchen and mezzanine level


views of cantilevered staircases


night views

project info:

structure: reinforced concrete
storeys: three above grade
site area: 181.44 m2
built area: 53.50 m2
total floor area: 53.50 m2

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