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Interesting Circular House inside a Rectangle

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Circular hollows create a series of sunken rooms and curved balconies inside a rectangular shaped wooden house by UID Architects in Japan.

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Contrasting boldly with the circular interior, the exterior is a rectangle. This saves the building from a mawkishly hobbit-like quality that circular houses otherwise tend to have.

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The resulting circular interior spaces are welcoming and inviting, yet also crisp and unsentimental.

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Six excavated spaces provide circular living rooms inside the building and terraces in the garden.

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Interestingly, the curved structure is all executed in plywood, not a material that suggests curves.

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The house is for a young married couple with a child, and set in Okayama Prefecture near Seto Inland Sea.

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The couple wanted a house that really connected with the earth, and part of this house is sunk into the ground, which creates a view out at ground level.

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Light from the sunken circular part of the house illuminates the suspended rectangle exterior.

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Surprising expanses of glass soar over the rectangular frame.

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The top mezzanine is a sleeping loft, and the circular kitchen is below.

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So someone could stroll to the edge of the sleeping floor above and sit at the edge, hanging their legs over the side, overlooking the rest of the interior.

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The sheer oddness of sitting above the kitchen sink is part of the eccentric charm of this youthful Japanese design.

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A very long view through the entire house is seen from the sleeping area at the corner of the mezzanine.

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The very interesting sense of being able to walk around and through this “forest canopy” of wood is enhanced by actual trees growing in the house.

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