See the Sprawled Box “House O” in Hokkaido, Japan

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This one-story House O in a small town of Hokkaido, Japan, was strategically planned according to the site’s climate and topographic properties. Unconventional to Japan’s usually dense and narrow architecture, House O is made up of box-like structures that are widely spread out on the unpopulated landscape. The orientation of the boxes are thought out with path circulation in mind, giving the center living room the highest ceiling, with other spaces branching out from it. The pockets of spaces also control the internal temperature during the region’s extreme climates, exposing the many surface sides to sunlight in the winter and aiding in ventilation in the summer. Unlike the all-black exterior, the interior is all white with natural timber, brightening and visually opening the space for the occupants.

  1. Source: Design Boom
  2. Photography: Iwan Baan
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  • Alex

    I love that the light interior contrasts so much with the dark exterior. Definitely an interesting home. I’ve always wanted to go to Japan. Travel is one of those things I don’t mind spending a bit of money on, but it’s frustrating when things you can’t avoid buying are incredibly overpriced, like shaving razors. We’re a shaving company called Dorco and we want to change all that. In fact, our prices are up to 70% less than leading brands. Check them out for yourself and read what others have to say about the quality of our products at Demand More for Less, and save your money for the stuff that matters!

  • Mochi

    Hokkaido is not a ‘small town’. It’s Japan’s second largest island and the largest and of Japan’s 47 prefectures.