fuse atelier: house in hekida fuse atelier: house in hekida
aug 23, 2011

fuse atelier: house in hekida

‘house in hekida’ by fuse-atelier located in nakano city, japan all images courtesy of fuse-atelier




tokyo-based fuse-atelier (shigeru fuse) has completed ‘house in hekida’, a single family residence located within the rural setting outside nakano city in northeastern nagano, japan. a crisp white rectangular form is exposed along one face with a series of open air roof terraces revealing impressive views to inhabitants. this dwelling is immersed within nature, presenting commanding views of kitashiga kogen’s mount kosha and an extensive apple orchard. the east facing facade unfolds to the landscape with abundant glass windows carefully positioned on the site to ensure privacy from neighbors.

the white rectangular form is complimented with a backdrop of rugged mountains




defined by two stacked elements, an open air stair leading to the roof top within the center of the structure is accessible from a void at ground level. a secondary interior circulation rises vertically through the home directly connecting the successive levels. spaces bordering the steps are visually linked across the cavity and natural light filters into the pristine monochromatic rooms.

roof terrace

view into the dwelling from roof terrace

roof circulation leads into the dwelling

stepped building profile partially reveals the tops of nearby hills

view of stairs through floor to ceiling glass windows

entrance to kitchen and living space from stairs

outward view from living space

kitchen from living space

stairs bordered by kitchen and bathroom

open air stairs at first level

open air terrace on first level


children’s room

interior illuminated at night

at dusk

in snow

site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1

floor plan / level 2

roof plan














project info:


architects: shigeru fuse/fuse-atelier +musashino art university,fuse-studio consultants: akira suzuki/a.s.a general contractor: kakumagumi structure: timber site area: 404.78 sqm built area: 71.08 sqm total floor area: 104.88 sqm

  • who could eat watching someone going to the bathroom?
    maybe japanese?

    juliano says:
  • transparent bathroom?? wtf.. i dont mind if scarlet johannson bathe in it though..

    suzuki honda says:

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