Wahi Lani
Photo by Matthew Millman

Wahi Lani

Walker Warner as Architects

Surrounded by jungle-capped cliffs and cloud-shrouded peaks, the understated architecture emphasizes the grandeur of its natural surroundings. Designed for easy access to surfing and outdoor recreation, it’s the perfect place to live and play. 

The U-shaped form of this jewel box is crowned by a sloping shed roof, complete with clerestory windows and floor-to-ceiling glass. Its heart lies within the courtyard and lanai, nestled between walls clad in the subtle sheen and charcoal effect of Shou Sugi Ban. 

photo_credit Photo by Matthew Millman
Photo by Matthew Millman
photo_credit Photo by Matthew Millman
Photo by Matthew Millman
photo_credit Photo by Matthew Millman
Photo by Matthew Millman

Honey-hued wooden slats punctuate the facade, while an inherent warmth reverberates from the ipe wood deck. From this relaxing perch you can soak in the sights and sounds of the island or easily plunge into the depths of the pool. 

photo_credit Photo by Matthew Millman
Photo by Matthew Millman
photo_credit Photo by Matthew Millman
Photo by Matthew Millman
photo_credit Photo by Matthew Millman
Photo by Matthew Millman

The exterior’s charred wood walls continue inside the home, blurring the lines between inside and out with an interplay of light and shadow. An eclectic assemblage of colorful accents contrasts the interiors, adding visual interest to the inviting, neutral foundation. 

photo_credit Photo by Matthew Millman
Photo by Matthew Millman
photo_credit Photo by Matthew Millman
Photo by Matthew Millman
photo_credit Photo by Matthew Millman
Photo by Matthew Millman

This is not just a house, it is an elevated surf shack and neighborhood gathering place, with expansive front gates that beckon passersby inside when wide open, fostering a sense of community, but ensuring privacy when closed. 

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