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The Wabi House Just Might Make You Smarter

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 Wabi House Just Might Make You Smarter

Image source: Daniel Hennessy

The Wabi House Just Might Make You Smarter

Image source: Hisao Suzuki

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 Wabi House Just Might Make You Smarter

Image source: Hisao Suzuki

The Wabi House Just Might Make You Smarter

Image source: Hisao Suzuki

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.

The Wabi House Just Might Make You Smarter

Image source: Hisao Suzuki

The Wabi House Just Might Make You Smarter

Image source: Daniel Hennessy

Also, the backyard rock garden is a neat feature.

The Wabi House Just Might Make You Smarter

Image source: Daniel Hennessy

A pine tree on the site was granted first precedence and the architects routed the plans around it.

The Wabi House Just Might Make You Smarter

Image source: Daniel Hennessy

The dining area includes customary Japanese furnishings and does not have upper mounted cabinets.

The Wabi House Just Might Make You Smarter

Image source: Daniel Hennessy

The Wabi House Just Might Make You Smarter

Image source: Daniel Hennessy

The Wabi House Just Might Make You Smarter

Image source: Daniel Hennessy

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.

The Wabi House Just Might Make You Smarter

Image source: Daniel Hennessy

The Wabi House Just Might Make You Smarter

Image source: Daniel Hennessy

The Wabi House Just Might Make You Smarter

Image source: Hisao Suzuki

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.”

Ken added:

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.

The Wabi House Just Might Make You Smarter

Image source: Daniel Hennessy

The Wabi House Just Might Make You Smarter

Image source: Daniel Hennessy

The Wabi House Just Might Make You Smarter

Image source: Daniel Hennessy

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.

The Wabi House Just Might Make You Smarter

Image source: Hisao Suzuki

Photography by Hisao Suzuki and Daniel Hennessy.

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