This house was created for an individual who acquired a deep love and appreciation for Japanese domestic architecture while living in Japan for a number of years. The design of this house was inspired by 16th century Japanese Sukiya, or “Tea House” architecture. The architectural design attempts to express the ideals of wabi—a set of ideals which converted the tea ceremony into an occasion for withdrawal from material concerns and worship of purity and refinement. Planned on a traditional tatami grid (approximately 3’ x 6’), the resulting design is a hybrid with influences from many historic, as well as contemporary examples of actual Sukiya houses in Japan.
1990 AIA Chesapeake Bay- Honor Award
1985 AIA Chesapeake Bay- Excellence in Architectural Deisgn Award
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