A modern home based on Hawaiian traditions

A modern home based on Hawaiian traditions

15 August, 2014

Nestled on the exotic island of Hawaii is a 750 square metre house designed by the Belzberg studio which perfectly integrates with the Kona landscape and culture. The house is arranged from east to west, with an exterior gallery corridor connecting the different “pods” with the different rooms and communal areas in the building. Large...

Nestled on the exotic island of Hawaii is a 750 square metre house designed by the Belzberg studio which perfectly integrates with the Kona landscape and culture.

The house is arranged from east to west, with an exterior gallery corridor connecting the different “pods” with the different rooms and communal areas in the building. Large glass windows give you breathtaking views, with ocean views eastward and volcanic mountain ranges westward.

The aim to unite the residence with its natural surroundings was achieved, with wood being used as a covering over all the spaces and for several decorative elements too. An upside-down teak wood basket sculpture on the residence’s entrance welcomes the visitors. In fact, the long-established tradition of basket weaving on the island was its inspiration.

In addition, local natural resources were used for the building’s exterior: the façade is covered with beautiful reclaimed teak wood from old barns and train tracks- and dark volcanic stone from the Kona mountain range. Both materials are very important for Hawaiian culture and architecture. Teak wood was also used to create vaulted roofs, terrace floors, columns and other handcrafted works.

In line with the house’s natural essence, large photovoltaic panels were installed to save energy and sustainable basalt rock was used to cover the swimming-pool as it heats up the water in the sun. Even the water is extracted from three local drywells.

Photos: Benny Chan (Fotoworks), Belzberg Architects

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