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Asian Inspiration

Our client, a professor of Japanese sociology at Harvard, owned a Deck House home with its post and beam construction and 1950’s modernist simplicity. She asked Feinmann to design a multi-purpose addition to meet several needs: a functional yet spacious home office, a beautiful entry way into the home, and a serene sitting area.

The client mentioned she has always wanted a Japanese “scholar’s study,” which is traditionally a contemplative workspace area enclosed by shoji screens. We told her the Japanese minimalism she desired and the clean modernist aesthetic of her existing home could marry quite nicely (the blending of East and West) with some thoughtful interventions.

The challenge then became finding a way to balance these styles. The house is surrounded by many trees, so bringing nature into the home was easily achieved through careful placement of windows throughout the addition. But the design element that brought it all together was the large translucent wall (kalwall) in the main hallway. This unique material allows for diffused natural light to envelop the living spaces. It has the same insulative properties as a typical exterior wall, and therefore is considered to be a great “green” building material. It is also quite versatile, and we were able to customize it to give our accent wall the Japanese feel of a shoji screen.

We reiterated this design element with actual shoji screens to enclose the scholar’s study, which also doubles as a guest room. Post-and-beam construction was continued from the existing house through the new addition in order to preserve aesthetic continuity.
Homeowner quote:
"I wanted a certain feeling and the Feinmann architect really got it. I had already been through three different architects—one even said that the house was a tear down."
Awards:
• 2007 Gold Prism Award Renovation/Addition Best Remodeling/Restoration under $250K
• 2007 Best of the Best Design Award Residential Addition for Best Project under $250K
• 2007 Remodeling Design Merit Award Residential Addition $100 - $250K
• 2007 Regional NARI Award Contractor of the Year: Residential Addition
• 2006 Eastern Mass NARI Award Best Addition over $100K


Photos by John Horner
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Abbie D wrote:
Are the walls made of smoked glass? - I'm not familiar with building materials. Please could you tell what kind of material used for the wall? There's still enough light that can come in within privacy right?
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Hi Abbie. Thanks for your inquiry. No, the walls are not made of smoked glass and yes, light still comes through. The material used is called Kalwall. It is used often in skylights and is made with fiberglass, lightweight and extremely tough. The shoji screens on the door are made of a rice paper laminate. Isn't the project fabulous? Our clients were very pleased with the result.
October 9, 2012 at 8:40am     
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lenny351 wrote:
Could you please tell me what kind of wood this is? Need floors to blend with teak furniture. Small LR, DR.
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It is red oak.
May 7, 2012 at 6:14am   
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cwaale wrote:
I'm interested in having something like this used for a kitchen backsplash and can't find any reference photos. It would be nice to get the grid in a smaller format- more subway tile size. Any ideas where I can find an application like this?
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Hi and thanks for your question. The materials used here are Kalwall (on the left) which is a thick, fiberglass material that allows light to pass through. On the right is a rice paper laminated door panels. We don't believe either would work well as a back splash, unfortunately. However, you could use sandblasted glass blocks and then light it from below, above, or behind somehow (that would be a challenge.) If you figure it out, let us know!
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Lovely, what paint color please are the walls?
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The light filtering through the Kalwall becomes luminescent at the interior, complementing the distinctly Japanese aura of the spaces.
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Our client, a professor of Japanese sociology at Harvard, owned a Deck House home with its post and beam construction and 1950’s modernist simplicity. She asked Feinmann to design a multi-purpose addition to meet several needs: a functional yet spacious home office, a beautiful entry way into the home, and a serene sitting area. The client mentioned she has always wanted a Japanese “scholar’s study,” which is traditionally a contemplative workspace area enclosed by shoji screens. We told her ...
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