Nature provides an endless supply of inspiration to designers, and it's also where design collective Penda found their muse for House O, a small circular garden-house inspired by the cross section of a tree trunk. Designed for a famous Beijing wood-artist, the donut-shaped structure takes design cues from tree rings with radial ring-like floorboards and vertical louvers that mimic tree bark. Open on all sides to natural light, the south side of the house is lifted to make room for the second floor master bedroom and to let natural light into the basement.
Following the cyclical nature of the client’s daily routine, the interior spaces of House O are laid out in the order of his day-to-day activities. The south-facing master bedroom occupies the highest point in the house with a view out towards the yard. A spacious living room and access to an interior courtyard located at the center of home can be found on the second floor. Glazed strips on the floor as well as the lifted and glazed south-facing opening let in natural light to the basement level, where the kitchen, bathroom, and studio are situated.
Clad almost entirely in glass and bright, honey-colored wood, House O will be built in the garden space of an existing property and surrounded by privacy hedges. A glazed exterior wall wraps around the facade and is punctuated by movable wooden louvers to protect the interior from direct sunlight. The structure is currently under construction and is slated for completion early next year.
Images via Penda Designhouse