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House in Abiko / fuse-atelier

  • 01:00 - 21 December, 2011
House in Abiko / fuse-atelier
House in Abiko / fuse-atelier, © Shigeru Fuse
© Shigeru Fuse

© Shigeru Fuse © Shigeru Fuse © Shigeru Fuse © Shigeru Fuse +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Abiko, Chiba pref., Japan
  • Architects

    fuse-atelier (Shigeru Fuse)
  • Structural Engineers

    Konishi Structural Engineers
  • Main contractor

    Shishido Koumuten
  • Site area

    101.00 sqm
  • Area

    48.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. This project is a residence for a couple in their thirties, built in Abiko City. The client desired a gallery-like concrete-made space where their pleasure of designed furniture stands out.

© Shigeru Fuse
© Shigeru Fuse

The location is at the bottom of two plateaus on a soft foundation. Therefore, stakes were necessary to support a reinforced concrete structure. In order to reduce costs, contacting area to the ground was minimized and the number of stakes was reduced. Accordingly, the upper structure was cantilevered. Then, the walls in varying volumes and the roof slab were made into three-dimensional continuous slanted surface and the stress transmission was rationalized, which became a characteristic form.

© Shigeru Fuse
© Shigeru Fuse

Living/dining room on the second floor has a large open composition towards the green way so as to take in the trees planted on the south side of the site to the interior space. The haircutting space was raised for 1.2 meters from the second floor, so that people will look at the south side green way and the upper side green way and the upper side of the parking on the north side. It also controls the eyesight from the surroundings. The interior space was given a modulated proportion and scale that respond to each space’s activities.

© Shigeru Fuse
© Shigeru Fuse

The monocoque form made of concrete was inflated and squeezed, following the necessary spatial volume at the living room, cutting space and the wet area. The stiff structure enabled a sash-less detail of glass and the exterior wall aligned in the same surface and realizes the exterior that emphasizes various facets.

© Shigeru Fuse
© Shigeru Fuse

The residence creates many senses of distance by the form that pursued the relationship of spaces and a rationality of the structure. Moreover, by the angles of the multi-surface composition the space is divided, though connected, and creates various sequences that are accompanied by sensual natural light's reflection and refraction.

© Shigeru Fuse
© Shigeru Fuse
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Gordon Anderson · January 09, 2013

This house rocks. It also doubles as a hair salon. Wicked cool place to get your hair done.

Old japanese houses are death traps in earthquakes. The tile roofs act like upside down pendulums, they fall apart, catch fire and the whole neighbourhood burns. Thats why so many people died in the Kobe earthquake, mostly old people in old houses. If you read the description, stakes=piles.
As for cost, it is up to the client to share their personal details, my parents taught that it was rude to ask people how much they paid for things.

Chio + Chris · August 08, 2012

beautiful concrete residence

RaúlGHO · August 08, 2012

@jessigoldemberg @archdaily Sí arquitecta, la escalera está muy buena, el resto no tanto.…

Jessica Goldemberg · August 08, 2012

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Arcabruja · August 07, 2012

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Ivan Cotado · March 30, 2012

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Nancy Liu · March 30, 2012

The most mysterious about architecture project is like this without a price quote for each project. That is the far distance between market and end user for the field of architecture. As an end user, we have never get idea for how we can afford to a project each time these architect present. What a waste of idea of design to most common of us.

Can each of the presentation with a quotation each time to most viewer to know how much they can afford to have a dream home and start to saving up.

From site obtaining, cleaning, plan drawing, permit.....until completion of a project in total cost.

Thank you.

Ahmad Borham · December 29, 2011 #architecture #Design

Allan · December 28, 2011

This house is not for living. It's for... punk

Crapule au ch?colat · December 27, 2011

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Omar Helmy · December 26, 2011

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Spacer Nix · December 23, 2011

Love it. Would love to tour it. Those stairs make me a little queasy, though.

rob · December 23, 2011

I think this building has nothing to do with hadid and it doesn't need any other labels. It's just a very cool and adventurous structure and space on a quite small area. I think it's a great house.

Stan Majcherkiewicz · December 23, 2011 09:13 PM

Great building - yes, but a house? Never mind a... home? Neah...

Hugo Vieira · December 23, 2011

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Nabeel Riaz · December 22, 2011

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Mário Marques · December 22, 2011

An ovni just Landed!! very weird and i sincerely don't see a point or benefit on the crazy geometry!

untermstrich · December 22, 2011

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amada Carlota HR · December 22, 2011

House in Abiko / fuse-atelier

NSTUDIO · December 22, 2011

Formes que inspiren - House in Abiko / fuse-atelier

Lambert Engineering · December 22, 2011

House in Abiko / fuse-atelier

David · December 22, 2011

Stunning. Inviting... kinda like a parking garage.

Andrew Wright · December 22, 2011

@ourmaninabiko I think you need to tone down your HQ - you&#39ll blow your cover at this rate:

Chris ( · December 22, 2011

@ourmaninabiko I think you need to tone down your HQ - you&#39ll blow your cover at this rate:

Tim · December 22, 2011

I don't think these geometries are constructed. If you look at their past work, it's all very cubic and controlled. I'm not convinced that this is a firm that should be working with these types of forms yet. I'd be interested in seeing a diagram explaining how they generated these geometries and whether it really holds up after a closer look.

toba · December 22, 2011

Just as a joke, but it looks like a MINI ME building of zaha hadid!!!!

Der Geistreich · December 22, 2011

Curious and oddly interesting, but I can't help but think that if I turned this project in to a professor without a serious justification story, I'd not get a favorable grade.

i2h · December 22, 2011 03:22 AM

thankfully in the real world (given the proper client), you can indulge yourself a bit.

majchers · December 22, 2011

Truly earthquake proof...

Robert Cooper · December 30, 2011 06:29 AM

Yes, truly. It might flop over but may not fracture. The traditional Japanese house was earthquake-proof too but in a different way. The roof structure would slip and slide as it was meant to, not snap or bend like our rigid western trusses. Foundation was individual stones with holes in the top to receive wooden pegs. These would snap first. so the house was free to skitter across the ground like a sideboard. All this with complex wood joints and no nails.

Robert Brown · December 22, 2011


robert cooper · December 23, 2011 01:08 AM

Masterwork? I agree wholeheartedly. All the comments about its structure are are inane. The house is about light, not structure. It is wonderful to see that some people learned something from Kahn and Corbu beyond concrete tie holes.


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