Kawauchi House

Our project narrative unfolds as a captivating journey through time and transformation, deftly balancing echoes of the past with the demands of the present. Originally built in 1959 for Minako ‘Pat’ Kawauchi and her husband Tak, the residence stands as a poignant testament to enduring care and continuity.

In our meticulous endeavor to rejuvenate the architecture, we have conscientiously preserved the essence of Pat’s enchanting garden—a cherished symbol of the community renowned for its profusion of flowers and natural beauty. This commitment to preservation serves as the cornerstone of our design narrative, which delves into the interplay of craftsmanship and modernity within the context of Californian living.

Inside, a deliberate integration of wood and natural elements not only imbues the space with authenticity but also pays homage to the rich cultural heritage intrinsic to the home. Limewash walls, patina steel, and carefully oiled wood finishes converge in a harmonious symphony of textures, unfolding into a design that is both gentle and distinctly contemporary.

At the heart of the residence lies a two-story entrance atrium—an architectural pivot around which household life revolves. This central space, reminiscent of the communal areas found in traditional Japanese homes, serves as a nexus where visual lines converge and the external beauty of the courtyard seamlessly blends through expansive sliding doors. This architectural feature allows occupants to intimately experience the rhythm of the seasons. Bedrooms and functional spaces are strategically positioned to delineate clear zones of activity and tranquility, while the pervasive use of wooden elements fosters a serene and inviting atmosphere, accentuated by metal accents that nod to tradition while ensuring enduring freshness. With its meticulous attention to detail and thoughtful integration of old and new, our project stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of the Kawauchi family.

  • Main Facade
    Main FacadeGarage
    EntryFront Yard
    Front YardKitchen
    KitchenLiving RM
    Living RMNight Yard
    Night YardScreen
    CorridorFloor Plan-1st
    Floor Plan-1stFloor Plan-2nd
    Floor Plan-2ndSite Plan
    Site Plan
  • Huan Fang, Peter Suen
  • Fifth Arch


Huan Fang, Peter Suen


Fifth Arch