Tokyo-based fuse-atelier has completed House in Abiko, a three-storey private dwelling in Abiko, Japan.
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. 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.