HAWAII, KUA BAY, PRIVATE HOME

Located along a rugged stretch of the coast, this private home embraces the spirit of Mauka-Makai – the symbolic flow of lava from the mountain to the sea – through its direct connections to the volcanic landscape and the spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.

Architectural design was entrusted to acclaimed Walker Warner Architects of San Francisco. Carved out of the lava fields, the mountain-side entrance to the property significantly restricts its visual impact and ensures a degree of privacy to the home. The floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors in the main wing frame the panoramic ocean vista while retractable slatted wood panels designed to filter the bright sunlight also provide relief from the trade winds, without obstructing the view. The vast windows, simple geometries and sleek horizontal lines of the home’s facade are perfectly aligned with the ocean front. The decor by interior designer Nicole Hollis – known for their ability to create spaces where every detail is finely crafted – also plays up the architectural features. Distinguished by its unique cowhide-clad bookcase-shelf elements, a generous arrangement of the Groundpiece sofa, designed by architect Antonio Citterio, was selected for its adaptability to all kinds of social gatherings.

Architecture: Walker Warner Architects

Interior Design: Nicolehollis

Photography: Douglas Friedman