hideyuki nakayama architecture: O house
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. the project 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.

hideyuki nakayama architecture: O house
the passageway which wraps around the main house

hideyuki nakayama architecture: O house

hideyuki nakayama architecture: O house
the dining area and staircase which leads up to the main house’s second floor

hideyuki nakayama architecture: O house

hideyuki nakayama architecture: O house

hideyuki nakayama architecture: O house
staircase which reaches out from the passageway

hideyuki nakayama architecture: O house

hideyuki nakayama architecture: O house
view into the house

hideyuki nakayama architecture: O house
the tower-like dollhouse structure of the house

  • Nice, very very nice. In India it’d be impossible, too much dust on shoes, in the air 🙂

    sooding says:
  • Plan would’ve been really helpful,

    w says:
  • seems nice but its difficult to understand with these pictures

    yem says:
  • It looks really elegant with a hint of simplicity, but hard to completely grasp with the pictures. The floor plans would have been helpful.

    Jerome Lockett says:
  • It appears like… nothingness.. n the colour gray is simply restless for the eyes…..
    efforts have been taken to give a look of old Japanese house externally.. but from n its too monotonous.

    Vijayshree says:
  • Very interesting, especially the interplay of light on the varying sheens, and materials.

    Mark Allison, AIA says:

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