Kauhale Kai Residence, Hawai'i

Designerde Reus Architects
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

This residence, on Hawai‘i’s South Kohala Coast, was inspired by the clients’ affinity for Hawai‘i and Polynesia, along with their appreciation for contemporary design, modern art, and the beauty of natural materials. The design intent was to create island architecture of this time and place, while reflecting Polynesian and Asia-Pacific cultures. Conceptually, the home is organized as its own village, with a series of separate pavilions. The simple structures are crafted with a tropical vernacular and a modern sense of restraint. Hipped-roof pavilions are the most visible expression of the home’s organization. Open spaces and gardens are sequenced around the pavilions, as are pools that punctuate the interstices. The experience is of living indoors and out, amidst gardens and water, with detailing that is rustic and refined, formal and informal. Living spaces are accommodated within separate pavilions designated as Main Gathering, Master, Family, and Guest pavilions. Stepped cedar ceilings in the Dining and Outdoor Living pavilions reference ancient tropical cultures. These two pavilions are connected by a shade trellis that frames a circular water feature — the wellspring of the home. The owner’s request for a formal, glass dining room floating on water was realized with a pavilion of sliding glass panels that sits within a pool that spills into a larger pool below. Inside, a coral focal wall features Balinese artifacts. Durable, low-maintenance materials were chosen to support the modern architectural concept and accommodate the Hawaiian coastal setting. Exterior materials include: copper shingles, basalt site walls, coral columns, limestone pavers, steel doors and windows, cement plaster walls and bronze hardware. Interior materials include cedar ceilings, ‘ōhi‘a and teak hardwoods, sand-grain veneer plaster walls, limestone and granite. Photovoltaic solar panels are hidden behind the garage’s roof parapet. This residence honors its location, its influences, and its inhabitants.

About Designer

Mark de Reus is founding design partner of de Reus Architects, an award-wining architectur firm based in Hawai'i. He has been widely recognized for his designs of resorts and residences and his portfolio also includes clubhouses, spas, restaurants, hospitality, community planning and misxed-use projects. His first book, Tropical Experience Architecture + Design, gives readers an in-depth look at a number of Mark's most celebrated designs. Architectural digest recognized Mark de Reus as one of the world's top 100 architects and designers in their AD100 list. Earlier in his career, Mark was principal of Hart Howerton's Hawai'i office. He served as Director of PAI, based in Jakarta, Indonesia, and was a Senior Vice President of the San Francisco based firm Backen, Arrigoni & Ross (BAR). "My vision is to create places where architecture, environment and landscape come together as one in a uniquely meaningful way."