Project Architect & Construction Manager
with Sebastian Mariscal Studio
Carlsbad, CA // Private Residence // Design + Build // 2009
Located in a suburban area of Carlsbad, California and inspired by traditional Japanese residences, Wabi house is a modern and introspective take on an old tradition.
A densely planted, forest-like area shields the home from the outside world to create privacy. Remaining almost invisible to the outside, the main volume of the house is defined by a low wall, clad in burned wood, gently sunk into the site.
Within the walls the house rests on a raised platform from which a bridge or ‘engawa’ extends, leading over a small pond to an enclosed burned wood box that forms the ‘genkan’, the traditional room where shoes are removed and the outside world is left behind. The main level of the house offers a series of interior and exterior experiences including a low heated table and tatami mat flooring in the open dining/living area as well as the traditional Japanese bath known as an ‘ofuro’. The entire living space opens at the rear to a sunken rock garden. The master bedroom suite is located on the level above and opens to a spacious rooftop garden.
Photos: Hisao Suzuki