fuse atelier: house in kaijin fuse atelier: house in kaijin
sep 19, 2011

fuse atelier: house in kaijin

‘house in kaijin’ by fuse-atelier, funabashi, japan all images ©  fuse-atelier




japanese architect shigeru fuse of fuse-atelier has recently completed ‘house in kaijin’, a single family residence located in funabashi, japan. a ground level void within a monolithic boundary creates the dwelling’s street entry. a tree is planted within the veranda which mediates the street and interior, and continues to rise and pass through the successive floor plates. a six meter tall concrete wall with minimal window penetrations bounds the site and structure’s perimeter blocking views of the cluttered and densely developed urban landscape and redirecting attention inward to the simple and open spaces.

front facade




an open plan living area and kitchen creates a spacious and unified first floor. large glass doors slide to reveal the outdoor terrace permeated by the canopy of the tree planted within the ground entry’s garden. natural light filters through the exposed shaft and reflects throughout the interior’s monochromatic and pristine white surfaces. the open riser glass tread staircase leads to the upper level bedrooms which return to a cavern like space providing privacy to the inhabitants.

entry garden and veranda at street level

view of entrance from ground floor

stairs to first level

first level living space, kitchen and terrace

living space and outdoor terrace

open air terrace

living and kitchen space

view of living space from kitchen


glass open riser staircase

view of terrace from stairs

view of first and second level from stair landing

stair leading to bedroom levels

upper bedroom levels

entrance illuminated at night

entrance at night

at night

site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1

floor plan / level 2

floor plan / level 3




project info:


location: funabashi, chiba pref., japan type: houses-residential architects: shigeru fuse,  fuse-atelier design team: fuse-atelier + musashino art university / fuse-studio structural engineers: akira suzuki main contractor: nagano koumuten site area: 69.96 sqm building area: 39.19 sqm gross internal floor area: 91.41 sqm start of work: 2008 completion of work: 2010 structure: reinforced concrete floor: 3 storey

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    Eric Calabros says:
  • this minimal house is truly well thought….

    Amin says:
  • beautifully executed, great section, phenominal detailing

    dbkii says:
  • ah so calm and peaceful…. until someone actually does something in this house, then it will be painfully noisy.

    jed says:
  • it is a great design and likely the most architect in Japan want to turn a modern japan to new stone age paleolithic modern design Lol

    giga6164 says:
  • Looks like a sperm donors clinic.! no life nor warmth, after all its not a doctors office, and those stairs, imagine if something heavy fell onto the stairs and ricocheted into the wall…ouch, love the outside walls though.

    peter bainbridge says:
  • I would like to make a donation here

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