Home Tour: George Suyama

As part of a new home tour series, produced in partnership with Sonos and West Elm, architect George Suyama invites us into his woodland refuge.

Beneath a gray November sky, cargo ships navigate the choppy waters of the Pacific Northwest. In the distance, historic houseboats and grandiose estates illuminate Seattle’s tree-lined coast. A brief swath of green between the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal and Brace Point marks the existence of The Junsei House.

Junsei translates loosely from Japanese to “purity.” The name wasn’t architect and owner George Suyama’s first choice (pronounced ‘juns-eye’, he thinks “it’s hard to say”), but it captured the essence of a structure so harmonious with nature that it dissolves into its wooded surroundings. Long and linear, the restrained form references a traditional maritime shed. Suyama resolved to minimize disruption to the region’s native cedar trees, whose roots compose an ...

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