Lavaflow 5 in Hawaii by Craig Steely

Lavaflow 5 in Hawaii by Craig Steely

Architects: Craig Steely
Location: Island of Hawai‘i, Hawaii, USA
Year: 2013
Area: 2.800 sqft
Photo courtesy: Bruce Damonte

Situated on thirty sections of land of remote field, Lavaflow 5 outlines the ocean and sky with structure and line. The slim steel outline bolsters dividers of shifting haziness; from nothing, to glass, to screen, to strong – making a cover of materials treating the extensive perspective ignoring the Hamakua coastline on the eastern incline of Mauna Kea on Hawaii’s Big Island.


The remoteness of the site, our yearning for extensive open spans, and a promise to fabricate maintainability drove us to examine construction in steel as a system for development. We started by investigating standard construction frameworks however all that were accessible appeared to be ungainly and without the refinement we fancied. So working intimately with our auxiliary specialist, we composed and built up a jolt together basic framework taking into account 8″x8″ wide rib bars that considered long compasses of steel while keeping the class of scale we had imagined.


The casing was manufactured in San Francisco by a shop that for the most part spotlights on little scale engineering steel work. They constructed this casing to the resistances they for the most part apply to their staircases. An off-the-rack ridged self supporting rooftop framework was coordinated into the basic designing and conveyed to the site alongside the steel outline. It took five days to erect the steel outline and rooftop.


Lavaflow 5 sits at the highest point of the property shielded from the solid winds that are a consistent on this side of the island. The house is long and thin with all rooms looking north towards the sea. Flow is on the south side and sun is relieved along this augmented lobby with an epoxy tar screen – an item normally utilized for modern decking. The house is lifted over the site and entered over a 50’x 50′ reflecting lake.


The thin arrangement of the house gives inactive cooling through cross ventilation taking into account the disposal of mechanical aerating and cooling. The mechanical screen channels the daylight making a reliable and diffused inside light quality for the duration of the day. Another practical element incorporates a sun oriented warming framework for all local high temp water. This positively basic building of steel, cement, and glass gives the key prerequisites to living while centering consideration on living experientially in Hawaii’s dynamic surroundings.

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