A cluster of interlocking pavilions surrounds a two-story atrium that serves as the heart of this family village. Here is where everyone gathers for meals, for conversation and to be with friends, moving out into the pavilions for privacy, and spilling onto the great lawn or into one of the four gardens to reconnect with nature. There is an easy transition here between open and enclosed, public and private, nature and civilization, which reflect the close collaboration between client, architect, interior designer, and landscape designer. 

The home is a blend of California Modernism and more traditional Spanish Colonial with its wide swathes of cool white plaster.  Rather than be bound to any particular lexicon, the team built from these traditions, and from the client’s fascination with Asian design, a fresh language that could bring the continuity to the influences. Courtyard rooms, sleeping porches, walls made up of doors and windows, a koi pond that functions as a fence, open walkways that feel like being outdoors, and a tiny jewel box garden that is as snug as any room—the property is always welcoming and constantly surprising. 

This family home began with a marriage of a unique property and an organic structure. As the family lives in it and grows up in it, it takes on a kind of warmth and humanity that can’t be built in—one can only make room for it to develop.  


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KAA Design is a leading-edge design studio dedicated to advancing the California lifestyle through contemporary architecture. For over 25 years, we have created one-of-a-kind homes that place a premium on comfort and beauty, elevating the rituals of daily life from the mundane to the sublime.

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