From the Hamptons to Hawaii, 5 exclusive homes influenced by Japanese architecture and design — all from Christie’s International Real Estate
Renowned architect Kengo Kuma’s Suteki House in Portland, Oregon, is an outstanding example of adapting long-revered Japanese building traditions to 21st-century lifestyles. An L-shape in wood and floor-to-ceiling glass over two levels, it measures 4,739 square feet, with an appearance of lightness and weightlessness. Based on the principle of shakkei (‘borrowed scenery’), the home capitalises on its natural surroundings and landscape to enhance the residence itself.
Situated on 36 acres in exclusive Montauk Point, the Malibu of the East Coast, this extraordinary property is a masterpiece of oceanfront living. Designed by architect Frank Hollenbeck, the 7,000-square-foot tea house-inspired main residence features a beautiful Japanese-influenced blue-tiled roof. The property includes its own nature preserve and commands a bluff overlooking a secluded sand beach with access to world-class surfing and ocean fishing.
This 2.3-acre estate is beautifully situated at the corner of Ladera and Monovale Drive in the exclusive celebrity enclave of Holmby Hills. A long private drive leads up to a motor court and a stately Tudor Revival mansion with leaded glass mullion windows, imposing archways, and a high-pitched roof. Surrounding the residence are lush gardens with a tennis court, pool, pool house, two detached guest houses, and an authentic Japanese tea house and wraparound koi pond.
Sui Generis is a one-of-a-kind luxury estate situated on the banks of the Manasquan River. The nine-bedroom residence is arrayed with exquisite features throughout, including a wine cellar, billiards room, home theatre, and two-story atrium. An alluring pool comes with cabana, bar, and outdoor kitchen, while a pretty Japanese-style garden provides a tranquil space to relax.
Designed and built by its current owner, Japanese entrepreneur and businessman Matsuichi Nakamura, this spectacular hilltop retreat is perched above the West Maui coastline at the highest viewpoint of Kapalua’s Pineapple Hill. The 4,100-square-foot home includes three spacious bedrooms, three full and two half bathrooms, and a sleek, stylish kitchen that flows to the dining room, offering unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean and outer islands.