urban architecture office: ABE house
urban architecture office: ABE house urban architecture office: ABE house
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

  • Fantastic! This is what the Tatooine upper-class would live in.

    Jack says:
  • I feel admiration for her talent.

    jj says:
  • I wonder what happened.
    facade so natural nice!!

    Michael says:
  • Stunning

    Wes Kramer says:
  • i like the style

    joes says:
  • I would live here in a minute. I didn’t think that I would like this from looking at the outdoor pic, but now I want one.

    Nicholaus says:
  • fantastic! I have always loved concrete, i love the exterior, the interior, the bathroom and everything else about it.

    morteza says:
  • For a moment I thought I was visiting a house built by Escher

    iBouc says:
  • what a lovely garden is surrounding the house! I\’d love to be the gardener.

    No sorry, I was thinking being in the wrong film by reading the above coments. I don\’t like this accumulation of boxes & stairs at all. The concept was really fantastic. Showed a wideness & airyness i hardly can feel in the end product. Don\’t be blinded by the really nice finishing and detailing – But the lack of the original concept is a big – in my eyes.. Where is the garden? Where the light canopies?

    gardener says:
  • Wow, that\’s cool. That\’s really cool! 

    joh says:
  • I think that New beauty.I\’m so psyched!

    kiko says:
  • why everything need to be like a museum?……… i hate that.
    my respect more fore the client than for the architect

    antinaco says:
  • looks like bare concrete to me? will they leave it as it is? just like that? very cool concept!

    visit my blog! 🙂

    url=http://archidumdum.com] ArchiDumdum.com [/url]

    Michael Tadeo says:
  • looks like bare concrete to me? will they leave it as it is? just like that? very cool concept!

    visit my blog! 🙂

    [url=http://archidumdum.com] ArchiDumdum.com [/url]

    sorry for the duplicate comment. i don’t know how to delete the first one 🙁

    Michael Tadeo says:

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