The House O, centred around the kitchen offers flexibility and functionality designed by RYUICHI SASAKI + KAZUYA NISHIMURA is located in Nasu-Shiobara, Japan. House O is a house for a couple expecting children, located in the countryside with an hour bullet train ride to the metropolitan. Its flat, 3,000 sq m premise surrounded by a forest on the south-east side, and a 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.
Encompassing volumes are named from space A to space I. The layout of each space is in a sequence of functions, in accordance with the needs and usages of the residents, and transforms from public areas, such as the entrance, and more private areas such as bedroom as you walk towards the back. And the centre of all space, the ‘Kitchen Centre’ functions as the control centre of the house where one can see every space.