The Guest Kitchen House at Pelan Village has space appeal. Within its small frame, space is used so effectively that it can not be the result of an accident but instead some clever designing. Built by Ryo to provide a living and kitchen area for guests use, the house is one of the larger buildings he has built, but true to his style, it is still small. It contains a kitchen, living and loft area.
Mostly open plan, the interior is still clearly divided through the clever use of roof height, floor height and one mostly open dividing wall. The loft is only half the length of the building, separating the living area into two spaces, one a cosy retreat under the lowered ceiling, the other a more open, welcoming area and play space. The kitchen is quite small but remains connected to the rest of the space through its half height wall, containing sink and storage. The roof is also double height, helping the small space feel more open than it actually is. The side entrance has a lowered floor clearly defining it’s space, it serves as a wet area when it rains allowing shoes and umbrellas to be taken off under shelter. It provides a nice entrance space.
Asking Ryo and Chika about how the house was designed, it was not surprising to learn that the design changed constantly until they had settled on the best location for something after many hours of thinking. Even down to leaving a 1cm gap between the opened door of the cupboard and the kitchen bench. The ladder to the loft also went through a few changes and it’s current location took some deciding, as the climber steps onto the bench to reach the ladder. But then, the loft is not often occupied and the ladder makes for good shelving and anywhere else it would have encroached into other spaces. The loft is also a very livable space, unlike the Jungle House.
The building is filled with light from its many windows and sliding doors but has a lovely solid feeling to it. Opening onto a large deck area this house was my favourite building and place to spend afternoons at Pelan Village.