Perched on a cliff on the north coast of the Hawaiian island of Maui, this subtly spectacular home was designed by Slovenian design firm Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti.
With stunning ocean vistas from an unspoiled landscape, this location was perfect for the homeowners, who wanted something more than just a home. The space had to work as a social venue.
The couple hosts evening culinary events, where guests recognize the absolute passion for cooking. Therefore the kitchen and the dining form the center of the house.
The conception of this project defined several discrete spaces under a common roof. Each separate U-shaped volume is made to open towards and frame a perfect ocean view.
The volumes are self contained private units combining bedroom and bathroom as an en suite. A socializing space between enclosed private volumes serves as a center for cooking, dining, and lounging.
The roof construction is strongly related to the rough climate, with abundant sun and strong ocean winds. The area of the roof is twice the size of the house itself, making the size of the covered outdoor space equal to that of the indoor area. The home requires no air conditioning, being cross ventilated throughout.
The roof structure is carefully attached to the walls of the U-shaped volumes and helps define specific spaces. It serves double duty as a wooden sky deck and materially and topologically integrates the house with the surrounding landscape. Only local materials were used for the finishing of the house.
We’ve divided this gallery into two major sections, each focusing on images from a specific photographer.
First set of photographs courtesy of Anna Moller.
Here we see the entry space on a raised level, with dining room and floor to ceiling glass visible above a hardwood floor that descends toward the living room over a set of room wide steps. Black leather cushion sofa is built into the staircase.
The lengthy contemporary dark wood dining table is complemented by a set of geometric, minimalist dining chairs below a trio of bare bulb pendant lights. A corner fireplace is carved into the wall, while the elaborate music center can be seen at left.
Looking down to the living room level, we see a pair of chaise lounges facing a bespoke wood and external speaker music setup, with sunlight glowing through the wood framed full height glass.
Glancing over the stair-built sofa, the kitchen area is visible, defined by a large two-tier island. The vaulted hardwood ceiling reaches a peak here, marking the center of the home.
With a metal and natural wood divided structure, the kitchen island boasts dining space for a set of bar stools as well as a full sink, facing the larger stainless steel cooking area at left.
The bedrooms, like every other space in the home, are designed to face the ocean side. This example features a raised floor with built-in bed, framed by white walls and full height wood storage cabinets.
This bathroom features a floating wood vanity with extra wide double-tap sink, dark stone floor tiles and a lowered soaking tub. Glass enclosure shower stands at right.
Returning to the view of the ocean side, we see how the roof slope gently evokes the surrounding landscape.
With ease of access and a relatively flat surface, the rooftop can be utilized as a sky deck, providing space for relaxation and play.
Second set of photography courtesy of Cristobal Palma.
The ocean facing side of the home is a series of windows, unbroken except for slim vertical wood beams. The outline of the folded wooden sky deck roof are clearly observed from this angle.
On top of the roof, we see the expansive vistas afforded by the raised elevation and gentle slope of the structure.
Returning to the central kitchen space for a better view of the cooking area, we see an array of stainless steel appliances and surfaces wrapped in light natural wood cabinetry, mirroring the material construction of the island.
With dark wood wrapping around a lighter wood body, the island’s raised dining half contrasts nicely with the geometric black metal bar stools.
From one corner of the central space, we have a view across the entire open area, with the corner fireplace, lower level living room, and kitchen all visible over rich hardwood flooring.
From outside the front entrance, one can view straight through the home, courtesy of full height glass panels, divided minimally by vertical wood beams. The upper level dining room is visible in the foreground.
The music focused living room can be oriented toward the large covered deck, with the full height glass blurring the line between indoor and outdoor spaces.
Here we have a view of the ocean from one of the bedrooms. Thin wood beams minimally obscure the expansive vista.
Pulling back to a wide view of the entire home, we see the family perched on the sky deck roof, taking in the vast surroundings. Subtle recessed lighting highlights the structure beneath the undulating wood roof.
As seen from an aerial shot, the folded roof home nearly blends in with its surroundings. The increasingly sloped cliff face spreads to the left from this angle, ending in the rocky shores below.
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