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House in Abiko by Fuse-Atelier

House in Abiko by Fuse-Atelier. Photo: Fuse-Atelier

Fuse-Atelier completed the House in Abiko - a residence built for a furniture collecting couple.

The Tokyo-based architecture office Fuse-Atelier finished design and construction of a three-story residential building in Abiko City, Chiba prefecture, Japan.

Front view of the House in Abiko by Fuse-Atelier. Photo: Fuse-Atelier

Shigeru Fuse was hired to build a residence for a couple, which collects furniture as a hobby. He developed a concept that revolves around an open living room suitable for multiple furniture constellations.

View of the back of the House in Abiko by Fuse-Atelier. Photo: Fuse-Atelier

The House in Abiko is located on a narrow site between neighboring structures at the bottom of two plateaus that demand stakes for construction because of the soft foundation. Consequently - to reduce the building costs by keeping the number of stakes down - the building was constructed in reinforced concrete with a minimized ground floor area and two cantilevered upper stories.

The building’s main feature, the double-height open living space, is located in the cantilevered second story featuring room-high square windows overlooking the street on the one end and the backyard on the other end of the space.

The open living space of the House in Abiko. Design by Fuse-Atelier. Photo: Fuse-Atelier

A skylight in the multi-angled ceiling above further adds to the open and airy atmosphere of the living space despite the surrounding heavy concrete structure. To maximize the amount of
natural daylight entering the house the floor is colored in reflective white.

 

Longitudinal section of the House in Abiko. Design and drawing by Fuse-Atelier

 

Two sections of the House in Abiko. Design and drawing by Fuse-Atelier

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