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Shibumi House / Arkifex Studios

Shibumi House / Arkifex Studios

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Strafford, United States
  • Architects: Arkifex Studios
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  3000 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Photographs Photographs:  Aaron Kimberlin
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Marvin, Trane, Metal Sales Panel, Trimble, Twinmotion
© Aaron Kimberlin
© Aaron Kimberlin

Text description provided by the architects. Seeking escape from the corporate environment, the clients came to us with a simple desire—A house that had a Zen-like feeling when they came home from their busy executive jobs. A secluded 18-acre property comprised of native prairie and Ozark woodlands provided an ideal setting for such a challenge.

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© Aaron Kimberlin
Plan
Plan
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© Aaron Kimberlin

Concepts of Zen aesthetics inspired the Shibumi House. Specifically, the concepts of Shibumi and Wabi-Sabi. Shibumi—an ideal wherein objects and experiences exhibit in paradox -and all at once- the very best of everything and nothing: elegant simplicity.

© Aaron Kimberlin
© Aaron Kimberlin
© Aaron Kimberlin
© Aaron Kimberlin

Wabi-Sabi—an intuitive way of living that emphasizes finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay. The form of the house was also derived from Zen aesthetics as the proportioning system for both plan and elevation was generated from tatami aspect ratios and patterning.

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© Aaron Kimberlin

The materiality of the project was kept very simple and honestly represented. The traditional shou sugi ban technique of charring cedar was used on the exterior to further express the design objectives.

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© Aaron Kimberlin

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Cite: "Shibumi House / Arkifex Studios" 24 Oct 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/949926/shibumi-house-arkifex-studios> ISSN 0719-8884

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