Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects recently completed House I, the latest addition to their line of playful and contemporary houses named after letters in the English alphabet. Reminiscent of the inside of a pumpkin, the open layout house plan centers on a spacious and arched living room, from which individual spaces radiate out. Supported by uneven, curved walls, the unconventional pod-shaped house achieves a sense of enclosure without the staidness of the typical square home.
Designed for a family of three, the small home by Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects maintains strong connections and sight lines with its surroundings. Natural light streams into large windows and skylights that also frame views of neighboring gardens and fields.
The playful, lopsided interior consists of irregularly sized living spaces that radiate outwards from a central, arched space. Each curved, pumpkin ridge-like dividing wall convenes at the apex of the central arched room to support a large roof. In lieu of a second floor, wooden shelves accessible by stepladders jut out from the sides of the walls to create additional space. A simple materials palette consisting of warm wooden tones, locally cut white stone, and gray concrete matches the minimalist, open plan layout.