urban architecture office: ABE house
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apr 12, 2012
urban architecture office: ABE house

‘ABE house’ by urban architecture office, tama-shi, tokyo, japan
all images courtesy of urban architecture office



tokyo-based firm urban architecture office has just completed the ‘ABE house’, a single family dwelling in tama-shi, a residential district of tokyo, japan. envisioned as an outdoor garden, the interior circulation of this dwelling creates a journey as inhabitants pass between rooms. the exterior form is generated as three volumes of varied heights are clustered at various angles. interconnected with arched portals, the continuous and delineated internal path begins from the open space on the site which was maintained surrounding the building.

(left) front view of the south
(right) interior view of dining room



inside, stairs are carved from the monolithic concrete structure or treads formed from folded metal are added to keep clear vision lines through the intimate spaces. areas for gardens are integrated throughout the spatial progression with outdoor terraces
accessible from each level generating an integrated experience with plantings.

(left) view of rest room door and openings
(right) view of dining room and entrance


interior view of the entrance, dining room, and kitchen from the porch


interior view of the porch between kitchen and living room


interior view of kitchen and dining room from living room


view of the gardens and living room


view of stairs to the 1st floor and a garden from living room


interior view of the 1st floor


view of work space, terrace and upstairs


interior view of the 2nd floor


interior view of bathroom and lavatory


view from the roof garden

exterior view at night


floor plan / level 0


floor plan / level 1


floor plan / level 2


roof plan






house + garden diagram


circulation diagram


conceptual model showing rounded openings to create living spaces within the garden



project info:


location: tama-shi, tokyo
architects: UAo
structural engineers: kanebako structural engineers
general constructors: hanabusa construction
site area: 109.83㎡
building area: 43.81㎡
total floor area: 87.8㎡
structure: steel frame; 3 stories
principal use: private residence
construction period: december, 2011

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