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hideyuki nakayama architecture: o house
dec 27, 2009
hideyuki nakayama architecture: o house


located in the ancient japanese city of kyoto, the o house by hideyuki nakayama architecture
is a kind of lean-to structure extending from a main 2-storey house.

o house takes its name from its form in which a kitchen, dining room, furniture and bath area,
encircle the main house. these spaces are produced by spanning rafters located between the
retaining walls of the adjacent and main house. the o house space is somewhat like a passage garden.
inside is a curved horizontal space, where a portion of the staircase,
thin steelframe floor and equally
lined fittings are found. the gable side of
the house shows its dollhouse conditions, which are open
and visible from the
adjacent street. going back and forth everyday through this passage-like area,
the residents can see the shape of the main house from outside at various angles.

the house itself appears like a tower, depending on where one views it. the place where the family
sleeps is on the second floor of the main house, and one can access it from the staircase that
reaches out from the passage garden.


the passageway which wraps around the main house


the dining area and staircase which leads up to the main house’s second floor


staircase which reaches out from the passageway


view into the house


the tower-like dollhouse structure of the house

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