This house, completed in 2008, is a beachfront holiday home on the west coast of Maui, with a floor area of 10,000sq ft. It contains six bedrooms, three living areas, gymnasium, office and three large covered outdoor terraces.
The design of the house proposes a new way of living in the tropical Hawaiian climate. Whereas most houses on Maui are sealed air-conditioned boxes, this residence is predominantly naturally ventilated, designed to take advantage of the sea breezes to cool the interior and exterior spaces. The roof overhangs are carefully designed to ensure direct sun is kept from all glazed surfaces and interior spaces, the flowing water completes the microclimate and offers beautifully dappled reflections onto the undersides of roofs.
It is composed of five separate buildings, linked by broad covered ways and wrapped around an open courtyard. The living pavilions are able to be totally opened to encourage airflow, and to provide views from the courtyard through to the sea. The house reinforces one of the basic design philosophies of Bossley Architects which emphasises the value of environmentally sustainable design by first principles rather than fashion.