Hawaiian home set in a lush tropical landscape inspired by the architecture of the Polynesian Islands

Architects: Olson Kundig
Location: Hawaii, United States
Year: 2011
Area: 4.305 ft²/ 400 m²
Photo courtesy: Benjamin Benschneider
Description:

“This Hawaiian home is designed as several pavilions set in a lush tropical landscape.

On the ground floor, lava stone is used to visually anchor the buildings to the site and the broader landscape while referencing traditional island building. The structures feature exposed timber frames.

Inspired by the vernacular architecture of the Polynesian Islands, the majority of the living spaces are on the upper floors, providing inhabitants with a prospect of the ocean and refuge from the elements.

Movable wooden louver screens and six 6’ x 15’ operable roof flaps combine to form part of the natural ventilation and sun shading strategies. Interiors are by RP Miller.”