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4476 Mount Vernon Drive, ,

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Charles Wong’s well-designed post and beam Yuen Residence is a thematic exercise of the burgeoning postwar influence of Japanese design in Southern California. Wong’s design here functions beyond the definition of a typical house. He has successfully created a residential pavilion delicately wrapped in glass that blends the aesthetic of sixteenth century Japanese aristocratic ideals with the modern ideology of experiential living through introspective and thoughtful design.

Decidedly different from its neighbors, Wong carefully blends the simplicity of post and beam design inside the house and more complex, intricate details on the outside. Both of these elements are experienced through the thoughtful sheathing of glass walls that surround the property. Solid beams support the tongue and groove wood ceiling of the interior of the house and fenestrated rafter tails are seamlessly extended to the exterior. All of these intricate details are met along the periphery of the house as they appear to be delicately balance over the horizontal ribboning of clerestory windows. Engawa decking further accentuates the thematic elements of Sukiya-zukuri influence and is clearly reminiscent of Kyoto’s Katsura Imperial Palace in which Walter Gropius described as “a product of sheer vitality uninhibited in its feeling for volume and movement” after his visit there in 1954.

Spaces within the Yuen Residence are clearly defined. They are not, however, defined by traditional, solid massing; they are identified by clever applications of functional divisions such as an indoor footbridge over a long sunken garden, cabinetry with paper-lined doors, and walls of glass. Fusuma and sliding glass doors, as well as shoji screens accentuate the simplicity of Wong’s composition while simultaneously paying homage to historic design and acknowledging the work of his fellow modern masters. The finished product is a dual exercise in unpretentiousness and existential architecture that redefines the residential experience.

Open House Schedule

Saturday, March 30th 2-4pm
Sunday, March 31st 2-4pm
Tuesday, April 2nd 5-7pm
Saturday, April 6th 2-4pm
Sunday, April 7th 2-4pm

Brokers Caravan

Tuesday, April 2nd 10-2pm
Address: 4476 Mount Vernon Drive
Zip: 90043
Country: United States
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Property Size: 3,593
Property Lot Size: 10,783
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 4

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