House in Abiko / fuse-atelier

© Shigeru Fuse

Architects: fuse-atelier (Shigeru Fuse)
Location: , Chiba pref.,
Structural Engineers: Konishi Structural Engineers
Main contractor: Shishido Koumuten
Type: Houses-Residential
Site area: 101.00 sqm
Built area: 48.54 sqm
Total floor area: 80.01 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Shigeru Fuse

© Shigeru Fuse

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.

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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

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

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

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.

Cite: "House in Abiko / fuse-atelier" 21 Dec 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • Robert Brown


    • robert cooper

      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.

      • majchers

        Yeah… yeah… but one has to live in this too. A bit diffferent story than an abstract art on your wall.

  • majchers

    Truly earthquake proof…

    • Robert Cooper

      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.

  • Der Geistreich

    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

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

  • toba

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

  • Tim

    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.

  • David

    Stunning. Inviting… kinda like a parking garage.

  • Mário Marques

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

  • rob

    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

      Great building – yes, but a house? Never mind a… home? Neah…

  • Spacer Nix

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

  • Allan

    This house is not for living. It’s for… punk

  • Nancy Liu

    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.