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Walker Warner Architects Thoughtfully Construct The Ideal Kua Bay Retreat

“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.”—AIA Honolulu Jurors’ Comment

Oct 30, 2020 | By Julia Roxan

Situated along the rugged coastlines of Kohala, this family retreat, dubbed the Kua Bay, 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. Unfolding in a series of curated experiences, this house is characterized by its dual entrances.

Walker Warner Architects Thoughtfully Construct The Ideal Kua Bay Retreat

On the mountain side of the property, the entrance is cut directly into the lava field to limit its visual impact and establish privacy from surrounding neighbours. 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. 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.

Showcasing a palatial garage, and guest house, alongside expansive main living areas which provide sweeping views of the Pacific, an outdoor terrace, and an infinity-edge pool, the Kua Bay retreat represents a delicate response to the landscape, with thoughtful details which form an ideal balance between manmade and natural formations.

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