- Name: Kua Bay House
- Type: Modern Contemporary
- Bedrooms: 6
- Bathrooms: 8
- Built: 2018
The ultimate getaway and home away from home, situated along a rugged stretch of Hawaii coastline, this family retreat embraces the spirit of Mauka-Makai, the symbolic flow of lava from mountain to sea, through its direct connections to the volcanic landscape and dramatic vistas of the Pacific Ocean.
“A delicate response to the landscape, the house is meticulously detailed to thoughtfully transition between the natural and manmade, interior to exterior, and heavy and light.” – Juror, 2019 AIA Honolulu Design Awards
The house unfolds as a series of curated experiences. The entry on the mountain side of the property is cut into the lava field to limit its visual impact and establish privacy from surrounding neighbors.
“Kua Bay is refreshing in its simplicity and restraint. The materials are beautiful and deftly handled. In framing its gorgeous site, the structure becomes less of a mundane object and more of a platform for the experiences of relaxation, escape, and an appreciation of nature.” – Award Jury Comment
The main hale seamlessly frames the ocean with expansive floor-to-ceiling retractable glass doors and wood screens, intended to soften harsh sunlight and provide relief from trade winds without obstructing views.
“While the floor-to-ceiling sliding doors open to dramatic vistas, it is also clear that this home does not rely entirely on its incredible views. There are quiet moments such as the guest bedroom facing a calm water feature carved into lava, which is a place of unexpected, serene beauty.” – Nicole Hollis
With clean lines, large openings and simple geometries, the horizontal structure mirrors the ocean’s horizon and provides an elegant transition from lava to sea.
- Architect: Walker Warner Architects
- Interiors: Nicole Hollis
- Landscape: Lutsko Associates
- Builder: Ledson Construction
- Photography: Douglas Friedman, Laure Joliet, Marion Brenner
- Location: Kua Bay, Hawaii, USA