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Kitchen Centered House   O Project

Kitchen Centered House O Project by ryuichi sasaki from japan

designer's own words:

Kitchen Centered HOUSE O PROJECT

House O Project is a house for a couple and their expecting children, located in the country side with an hour bullet train ride to the metropolitan. Its flat, 3000 square meter premise surrounded by forest on east-south side, and cultivated field on its west-north side are abundance in sceneries including the beautiful vista of mountains. The house is designed to respond to the premise with variety of views and sceneries. The volumes and roofs of the house are also changeful according to the angle; they are almost reminiscence of the surrounding landscape.

Kitchen-Centered-House Mrs. O will spend most of the day in the “Kitchen Center.” The “Kitchen Center” is literally in the center of the house with two layered voids. Encompassing volumes are named from SPACE A to Space I. The layout of each space is in the sequence of functions in accordance with the needs and usages of the residents, and transforms from public area such as entrance and to more private area such as bedroom as you walk towards back. And the center of all space, the “Kitchen Center” functions as the control center of the house where one can see the things and air of every space. The glass and wide aperture of the “Kitchen Center” gives diverse views which creates interactive linkage with other space visually and functionally. Furthermore, by making borders of spaces more flexible, with sliding door in this case, the space expands, contracts, or even transforms in accordance with the usage and how the time spent in house, not only at the moment but also over the ages.

exterior view photo SHIMIZU KEN

copy_3_o2.jpg kitchen center photo SHIMIZU KEN

copy_0_o3.jpg 2nd floor and kitchen center photo SHIMIZU KEN

plansection.jpg plan section

copy_1_o4.jpg kitchen center and spaces photo SHIMIZU KEN

o5.jpg exterior view photo SHIMIZU KEN

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