Kohala Coast Residence, Big Island, Central Pacific Luxury House, Property Photos, Architecture Development

Kohala Coast Residence on The Big Island, Hawaii

Aug 6, 2021

Design: de Reus Architects

Location: The Big Island, Hawaii, Central Pacific, United States of America

Kohala Coast Residence Big Island Hawaii

Kohala Coast Residence, Big Island Hawaii

Kohala Coast Residence

Situated alongside a lava flow dating from 1801 on the leeward coast of Hawaii, this 10,361-square-foot residence was designed as a modern interpretation of indigenous island architecture and a way to connect the occupants to nature, the region, and its culture. Rather than orienting the house directly to the view, the home’s living spaces are set at an angle, resulting in glancing coastal views that reveal the visual drama of the natural setting.

Kohala Coast Residence Big Island Hawaii

Kohala Coast Residence Big Island Hawaii

The home is organized as a series of interlocking yet separate hale (pavilions), with the resulting spaces between the hale becoming as important to the experience as the hale themselves. This exploration of void or emptiness, which the Japanese call “Ma,” is meant to sharpen focus on the definition of meaning of space itself, our relationship to it, and what remains. For this house, traditional design elements are tempered through a Japanese sense of restraint and interest in craftsmanship. The result is an aesthetic the architects describe as tropical minimalism.

Kohala Coast Residence Big Island Hawaii

Exterior materials were selected for their natural beauty and durability, as well as their contribution to the minimalist aesthetic and quiet sense of restraint. Exterior finishes include zinc metal roof shingles, black anodized aluminum doors and window frames, painted steel fascia and columns, stone terraces, walls and columns, and integral color cement plaster.

Kohala Coast Residence Big Island Hawaii

Meeting the spirit of the community design guidelines hipped roofs were used for the individual pavilions. Flat roof where solar panels to be hidden from sight were used on connecting roofs. Landscape plantings contributes to the exotic, yet ultra-simple aesthetic. Reflecting pools work their way in and around the pavilions, further enhancing Zen-like aesthetic and adding to the calming influence living among water elements.

Kohala Coast Residence Big Island Hawaii

Kohala Coast Residence Big Island Hawaii

The interior aesthetic is restrained. Finishes include stone and teak floors, grayish stained white oak ceilings and cabinetry and millwork, granite counters, and veneer plaster walls. Sliding architectural wood screens throughout the house create privacy between spaces and, but create an atmosphere of refinement and mystery.

Kohala Coast Residence Big Island Hawaii

Furnishings are minimal with a focus on signature pieces, including a contemporary free-form wood sculpture that was found in Bali, as well as the custom dining table and lychee wood coffee tables. Bedroom headboards were also sourced from Bali. Polynesian tapa patterns were carved into teak for many pieces of furniture.

Kohala Coast Residence Big Island Hawaii

The primary bathroom features dynamic architectural elements such as carved walls of Calacatta marble including a stone shower wall. The cool marble is contrasted with a teak vanity. Limestone walls behind the master bedroom headboard and on the back wall of the kitchen were inspired by a graphic kimono pattern.

Kohala Coast Residence Big Island Hawaii

The guest hale features a wall of surfboards by Firewire/Sig Zane Design, a custom albizia and koa long board by Gary Young, and a rare “ulu” wood surfboard handcrafted by Tom Pohaku which was wave-ridden before it was hung.

Kohala Coast Residence Big Island Hawaii

Kohala Coast Residence on The Big Island, Hawaii – Building Information

Architecture: de Reus Architects

de Reus Architects project team
Mark de Reus, Project Principal
Eric Anderson, Project Manager
Christopher Strahle, Job Captain

Project team
Architect: de Reus Architects
Interior designer: Philpotts Interiors
Landscape: David Y. Tamura Associates, Inc.
Structural Engineer: Kahiau Design Group

Kohala Coast Residence Big Island Hawaii

Photography by Matthew Millman

Kohala Coast Residence, Big Island Hawaii images / information received 060821 from de Reus Architects

Location: The Big Island, Hawaii, Central Pacific, USA

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