The 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 the often dramatic use of concrete in Japanese architecture but to the rural tradition of Japanese farmhouses. The strong interaction of the interior and exterior is an important part of this tradition. The marriage of the house and garden. Resting on top of the concrete walls that define the building is a “storm shrine” to watch the often dramatic storms move across the Kansas landscape.