Photo © Ryuichi Sasaki
Photo © Shimizu Ken
Photo © Shimizu Ken
Photo © Shimizu Ken
Photo © Shimizu Ken
Photo © Shimizu Ken
Photo © Shimizu Ken
Photo © Shimizu Ken
Photo © Shimizu Ken

Kitchen Centered House

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Location
Tochigi
Year
2010

Kitchen-Centered House – This house for family is located in the countryside one hour by bullet train from a large city. The flat, 3000-square-meter site is surrounded by forest on the southeastern side and farm fields on the northwest, with beautiful views of the mountains.

The house is designed to respond to this broad variety of scenery. The volumes and roofs of the house also shift according to the angle at which they are viewed, recalling the diverse surrounding landscape.

Mrs. O plans to spend most of her day in the Kitchen Center. The Kitchen Center is composed of two layered voids located in the center of the house and encompassed by a series of volumes labeled Space A to Space I. The layout of these volumes follows the logical sequence of usage, moving from public areas such as the entrance to more private area like the bedroom towards the back of the house. At the center of it all sits the Kitchen Center, which functions as a control center from which one can see and sense every other space.

The glass windows and wide openings in the Kitchen Center provide diverse interior views, creating interactive linkages with the other spaces both visually and functionally. Furthermore, by using sliding doors to make the borders of the rooms more flexible, we were able to create spaces that expand, contract, or even transform according to how the residence use them and how they spend their time in the house, not only from moment to moment but also from year to year.

Collaboration:Kazuya Nishimura/h+design architect
Structure:Wood
Site: 3,736.00 sqm
Building Area: 281.15 sqm

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