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HUG: stepped terrace house
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jun 20, 2012
HUG: stepped terrace house


‘terrace step house’ by HUG, sabae, fukui, japan
image © satoshi asakawa

flanked by two strips of rice fields, the ‘terrace step house’ by tokyo-based practice HUG, is positioned within a residential
neighborhood in sabae of fukui, japan. the surrounding environment has optimal lighting and wind conditions to produce
a living space with a primarily outdoor atmosphere. a large open-air terrace comprised of long stairs connects the ground level
rooms with the first floor’s bedrooms. positioned above the home’s parking, this configuration manages to eliminate views
of the street while circulating inhabitants through the exterior spaces.

serving as an extension to the interior, the 50 square meter terrace seamlessly links the two levels while doubling as an open
forum for activity. blurring the boundaries, the space’s function is vaguely defined to encourage a comfortable enjoyment
of the open air.


north elevation
image © satoshi asakawa


south elevation
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view from the southwest
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facade detail
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detail of concrete steps
image © satoshi asakawa


upon entry, the floor elevations begin to rise
image © satoshi asakawa


the living room is positioned a few steps above the ground level corridor
image © satoshi asakawa


living + dining room
image © satoshi asakawa


the terrace becomes an extension to the interior living space with an enclosure of sliding glass doors
image © satoshi asakawa


daylight pours into the living room over the terrace
image © satoshi asakawa


terrace in the evening
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the terrace is a dimensional open square
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terrace and stairs illuminated at night
image © satoshi asakawa


ceiling height of the living room is 4.5 meters
image © satoshi asakawa


floor plan / level 0


floor plan / level 1


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