Shigeru Fuse's latest residential project in Japan is composed of three interlocking concrete tubes
The brief from the owners was for a concrete, gallery-like space where they could showcase their favourite collection of design furniture
'The house is located between two valleys and on soft ground, so deep foundations were a necessity', Fuse explains. 'To reduce the footprint, the upper structure soon turned into a cantilevered one'
Fuse then moulded the slanted walls with the roof slab into one smooth and continuous concrete structure
The dining room, bathroom and a special studio space (where the owner's wife cuts her friends' hair) are extruded from the 6m-high central living space
Within the multifaceted interior, it is the use of light instead of conventional walls that divides the central void
A flight of black, minimal steps guides the visitor through the house; an experience that changes according to the light intensity outside
The reflection and refraction of natural light onto the slanted surfaces produce a sequence of places which make the interior feel divided, but at the same time connected', Fuse explains
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