norisada maeda atelier: AG+ norisada maeda atelier: AG+
jun 09, 2011

norisada maeda atelier: AG+

‘AG+’ by norisada maeda atelier in fujisawa kanagawa, japan all images courtesy norisada maeda atelier photographer: toshihiro sobajima




‘AG+’ by tokyo-based practice norisada maeda atelier is a multi-level private dwelling in fujisawa kanagawa, japan. considering the client’s request for maximum floor space,the design features a floating loft level between the ground and first floor which is treated sensitively with both materiality and light to result in a low-lying multi-purpose room.

street face




from the street, the small project is read simply and clearly as a white box with only a strip of glazing wrapping around its core as its distinguishing trait. lacking any other form of windows other than a low-running band by an outdoor reflective pool, the house remains completely private on the ground floor as well as the upper level. strategic placement of internal glass elements ensure that the whole interior is well illuminated.

outdoor water basin




standing over the centre of the main space, the loft space has a low ceiling height of 1.4m. the surface of the ceiling is covered in aluminum, providing the illusion of extension by a mirroring effect. the reflective nature of the aluminum also serves to reflect natural light to the space below. the upper storey, accessed by a set of folded white stairs establishes site lines to the rest of the dwelling by a long line of structural glass that runs along one side of the floor.

interior view

looking up from ground level

under the loft

living space

stairs leading up to loft

loft level

stretch of windows

reflective effect of aluminum ceiling

view of washroom behind loft

blinds closed over windows

stairs up to second floor

view of second storey

glass floor

night view


project info:


site area: 117.86 m2 total floor area: 107.86 m2 structural system: timber storeys: 2

  • Amazing, I love how the architect played with light and allowed the rays to focus on the perfect spot. Everything was done with careful consideration. I just wish the exterior was less simple and box looking.

    Iman Mubarak says:
  • @Iman, I agree with you man, but I don’y feel you on the extrior and have to add, this is the very esense of where modern japanse is now!

    Amin says:
  • Unusual and totally unique.

    contraband says:
  • looks like a swiming pool

    Myfezazi says:
  • If you like living in an empty swimming pool, then this is the house for you.

    SARA says:

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