client for this house was a professor of business at the University
of Kansas. Educated as a cultural anthropologist, her lifelong
interest in Japanese culture was evident as the design process
unfolded. We were not only drawn to their often dramatic use of concrete but to the rural tradition of
Japanese farmhouses. The meeting of
the interior and exterior occupies an important part of this tradition,
which realizes the marriage of the house and garden. Resting on top of the concrete walls that define the building is a "storm shrine" for her to watch storms move across the Kansas landscape.