Designer    Video 14 Aug 2017

Rebelling against the current lean toward maximalist living, Seattle-based architect, George Suyama built this stunning slim-line home among the trees for himself and his wife.

Suyama questions whether his early years in a Japanese-American internment camp led to his love for simplicity. “My theory is that we had nothing there so I became obsessed with little things,” he began. “I was at a camp in Idaho called Minidoka and it was a tarpaper barracks. They were long shed buildings, I don’t know how many families lived in them, you had one window and a stove area and there were curtains that separated one family from another. Maybe because there was nothing there that I wanted to make everything as simple as I could.”

Suyama’s primary aim for this property was not only to craft a practical yet contemporary form, but also to ensure that not a single tree was removed or damaged. The resulting eco-conscious house is 18-feet-wide and features walls, roof ceiling and floor all in one colour; the only exception to these strict dimensions is the pure white box that is home to the kitchen, bathroom, stairs and loft, and runs nearly the length of the home.

Join Kirsten Dirksen as she and George Suyama explore further into the home…

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