East and West intersect at the Suteki House, which combines Japanese principles with an American connection to the outdoors.

According to the architects, the house's

Japanese practice Kengo Kuma and Associates teamed up with Suteki America to build Suteki House for the 2017 NW Natural Street of Dreams, Oregon’s residential construction showcase. The home, which sits lightly on a residential lot in Happy Valley, a suburb of Portland, “envisions a new mode of suburban living by combining Japanese spatial principles and a nature‐based, American way of life,” according to the architects. 

Kengo Kuma designed Suteki House to keep a low profile "under a single, beautiful, and elegant horizontal roof." The L-shaped house hugs the slope of the lot, and the expansive use of glass maintains the interior connection to the exterior on both levels.

Kengo Kuma designed Suteki House to keep a low profile “under a single, beautiful, and elegant horizontal roof.” The L-shaped house hugs the slope of the lot, and the expansive use of glass maintains the interior connection to the exterior on both levels.

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The entry is tucked behind a louvered screen, creating a winding path to the front door. The screen, composed of Alaskan Yellow Cedar, shields views from the sidewalk while still allowing interior occupants to see out, and evokes "a sense of elegance, mystery, and warmth," says the firm.

The entry is tucked behind a louvered screen, creating a winding path to the front door. The screen, composed of Alaskan Yellow Cedar, shields views from the sidewalk while still allowing interior occupants to see out, and evokes “a sense of elegance, mystery, and warmth,” says the firm.

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The ten-by-six-foot solid wood door has a traditional "waving wood" pattern to the surface.

The 10′ x 6′ solid wood door has a traditional “waving wood” pattern to the surface.

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See the full story on Dwell.com: Kengo Kuma Weaves Japanese Design Into This Indoor/Outdoor Oregon Abode

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