The age-defining rings of a tree stump provided the starting point for this round house planned by design collective Penda DesignHouse for a famous chinese wood-artist. House O is a small doughnut shaped house that is carved out of a giant tree stump. The stump is decorated with the age rings of the tree that gives the wood a great look. House O functions as a workspace and a domestic space so that the artist could comfortably carry out his day-to-day routines. The space is divided with a spiral staircase that gives House O a little extra space on top.
Around this focal point, in order to keep the form within a minimized footprint, the decision to manipulate the verticality of the structure allowed us to decipher where public and private programs should be located in relation to the amount of sunlight they should receive. The transfer of fluorescence is achieved through a slight gestural lift towards the south, creating an undulating surface that is visible in elevation. The act simultaneously creates a wave of glazing for the submerged kitchen and hierarchically places the master bedroom at the top of the second floor. here, the client is able to relax as privacy is created through a rhythmic use of wooden louvers that obstruct views into his personal space, said architect Precht.
The small doughnut shaped house will be located on a newly defined plot in the garden of an existing property. Exterior walls will be glazed, screened behind wooden louvres that protect the interior from direct sunlight. A hedge is also proposed around the perimeter of the building, offering an extra degree of privacy. The structure is currently under construction and is slated for completion early next year.
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