Located in Carlsbad, California, the Wabi House is a thoughtful build centered around nature and purpose. Sebastian Mariscal Studio headed the project, which was a renovation that updated the former ranch style home.
The exterior is mostly concrete and charred cedar, a Shou Sugi Ban technique which provides durability and minimal upkeep. Nestled behind a forest-like canopy, the landscape features no maintenance plant selections and the rooftop deck and garden offers a view from above.
The home has gorgeous Japanese style entryways and windows that provide openness and optimal cross ventilation. Wall length glass doors that are positioned across the living quarters slide all the way open to extend the space.
Also, the backyard rock garden is a neat feature.
A pine tree on the site was granted first precedence and the architects routed the plans around it.
The dining area includes customary Japanese furnishings and does not have upper mounted cabinets.
Breaking from the norm of the traditionally laid out residence, the Wabi House does not have closed off rooms that go unused, but rather a continual floor plan that allows a natural flow and real life use.
In an article about the construction on Dwell, homeowners Shino and Ken Mori discussed calligraphy written in the entryway, which offers an explanation of the theme of the house. When asked what the meaning of the writing was the couple replied it meant that even though they didn’t have much, that friends were welcome at the home.
According to Shino:
“This house is empty, that’s why you can get smarter.”
“If you don’t have things, you have to think to accomplish things. Basically, you don’t have to have much.”
The outside koi pond positioned at the entrance mimics the simple, relaxed feel of the home.
Every aspect of the design was considered for its function and though completely minimalistic, it has more to offer than blank space.
Unpretentious and uncluttered, the Wabi House is a reminder that what is most important does not always include material objects.
Photography by Hisao Suzuki and Daniel Hennessy.
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