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Architecture Design of Kua Bay Residence

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Kua Bay Residence designed by Walker Warner Architects with NICOLEHOLLIS and Lutsko Associates, is a stunning family retreat in Kona, Hawaii. This house perched a basalt and cedar-clad on a mountainside of lava rock with an infinity pool that looks towards the sea. Indeed, the challenge was to manipulate the site so that the house would blend with the landscape. While providing a graceful and multi-layered experience from mountain to sea.

The rooms and spaces of this house designed to seamlessly transition into one another. Also, a concept informed by the way in which lava and water flow towards the Pacific Ocean. As entering, the bedroom suites, the focal point of the experience becomes a striking outdoor lava grotto space, deliberately pulled away from the building to create a sophisticated and moody private outdoor terrace where guests can admire the beauty of the natural lava and bathe in privacy.

The entry sequence provides a transitional experience from the sunken auto court surrounded by lava. Also, stepping up on the axis to the elevated courtyard and dramatic reveal of the oceanic panorama at the main hall, augmenting the sensation of vast openness that initially drew the clients to the site. Blending the line between inside and outside, the courtyard framed by a raised tree bosquet and lava outcrops mirrored by a series of reflecting ponds. In addition to this, the courtyard serves as a private gathering space shielded from trade winds where guests can take in and appreciate the views of the mountains and the sea.

The Architecture Design Project Information:

Kua Bay Residence, Family Retreat in Hawaii by Walker Warner Architects

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Kua Bay Residence, Family Retreat in Hawaii by Walker Warner Architects
Kua Bay Residence, Family Retreat in Hawaii by Walker Warner Architects

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Kua Bay Residence, Family Retreat in Hawaii by Walker Warner Architects
Kua Bay Residence, Family Retreat in Hawaii by Walker Warner Architects
Volcanic rock rings the house.

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Kua Bay Residence, Family Retreat in Hawaii by Walker Warner Architects
Kua Bay Residence, Family Retreat in Hawaii by Walker Warner Architects

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Kua Bay Residence, Family Retreat in Hawaii by Walker Warner Architects
In addition top this, dark stone walls frame openings.
Kua Bay Residence, Family Retreat in Hawaii by Walker Warner Architects
The Kua Bay Residence features reflective pools.

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Kua Bay Residence, Family Retreat in Hawaii by Walker Warner Architects
Kua Bay Residence, Family Retreat in Hawaii by Walker Warner Architects

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Kua Bay Residence, Family Retreat in Hawaii by Walker Warner Architects
Kua Bay Residence, Family Retreat in Hawaii by Walker Warner Architects

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Kua Bay Residence, Family Retreat in Hawaii by Walker Warner Architects

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Kua Bay Residence, Family Retreat in Hawaii by Walker Warner Architects
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Kua Bay Residence, Family Retreat in Hawaii by Walker Warner Architects
A bedroom of this Kua Bay Residence opens on to a pool.

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Kua Bay Residence, Family Retreat in Hawaii by Walker Warner Architects
Kua Bay Residence, Family Retreat in Hawaii by Walker Warner Architects
A living area of this Kua Bay Residence opens to the view.

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Kua Bay Residence, Family Retreat in Hawaii by Walker Warner Architects
Kua Bay Residence, Family Retreat in Hawaii by Walker Warner Architects
Besides, alaskan yellow cedar contrasts with dark basalt.

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Kua Bay Residence, Family Retreat in Hawaii by Walker Warner Architects

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Kua Bay Residence, Family Retreat in Hawaii by Walker Warner Architects
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Text by the Architects: Situated along a rugged stretch of coastline, the family retreat 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. Kua Bay Residence’s site captures the stark contrasts between land and sea in the Hawaiian topography. On the mountainside of the property, dark lava formations create a dramatic backdrop. Besides, on the ocean side, the immediate adjacency to the turquoise oceanfront makes you feel as if you are standing on the edge of the earth. Hence, the challenge was to manipulate the site so that the Kua Bay Residence would blend with the landscape while providing a graceful and multi – layered experience from the mountain to the sea.

Photo credit: Douglas Friedman, Marion Brenner, Laure Joliet | Source: Walker Warner Architects Inc

For more information about this project; please contact the Architecture firm :
– Add: 353 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94105, United States
– Tel: +1 415-318-8900
– Email: [email protected]/ [email protected]

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