Makani’ Eka, The Big Island Architecture Development, Hawaii Retreat Property, Luxury House Photos
Makani’ Eka on The Big Island, Hawaii
8 Feb, 2021
Makani’ Eka Retreat
Design: Walker Warner Architects
Location: The Big Island, Hawaii, Central Pacific, United States of America
Makani’ Eka is set atop a hardened lava flow with views of sky, sun, and water, this family compound strikes a balance between modernity and tradition. Old and new ebb and flow through a simple composition of small structures linked by a lush courtyard and a series of walkways and patios. Composed of four independent structures, including a cedar-clad main living pod, the siting balances the desire to host friends and family as well as privacy.
Architecture and interiors are modern yet rely heavily on traditional materials and touchstones. “We think of it as a village,” notes Greg Warner, of the arrangement, a grouping of four separate structures. The home is built to rest gently in the landscape but also to last for generations. “We execute enduring archi¬tecture—in the sense of material quality but also livability,” Warner says. “We have high hopes for the legacy of this project.”
Traditional Hawaiian villages, typically organized in loose clusters, inspired both 1.5-acre site plan and the architectural style. The composition of canted steel columns, steep-pitched roofs, and rhomboidal window and door openings “represent a contemporary interpretation of early Hawaiian hale shelters,” Warner says. “They’re like modernist lean-tos.” The compound is surrounded by a field of lava and native grasses.
The main living pod is pushed to the edge of the sea, while the supporting structures, containing the two guest suites and communal relaxation areas, are set back, deeper in the property. Guest suite bedrooms open onto concrete-walled private courts for additional seclusion. The arrangement assumes that the three-bedroom residence feel expansive and take advantage of the views.
The structures housing the master suite and the main living areas are located on the site’s ocean side. Set back deeper in the property are pods containing the two guest suites and communal relaxation areas. Bedrooms open onto concrete-walled private courts for additional seclusion. Interiors encompass approximately 4,800 square feet, but the arrangement makes the three-bedroom residence feel expansive.
The use of heavily mortared lava rock was inspired by the historic Mokuaikaua Church, located in nearby Kailua. Windows are framed in stained sapele mahogany. Western red cedar serves as the dominant wood—both for cladding and the roof shingles—since it resists heat, moisture, and insects. Inside, stained and lightly polished concrete flooring keeps things cool during the day.
Inside spaces flow seamlessly to outside. Sapele-framed sliders glide open to the elements, and operable windows swivel to coax in the breeze and encourage cross ventilation. “The living room unfurls to become porch-like,” Warner adds, noting the continuity of floor and ceiling materials between interiors and adjacent alfresco spaces. The degree of openness led Marion Philpotts-Miller of Philpotts Interiors to favor “indestructible” solution-dyed acrylic upholstery for much of the casual furniture.
A Lee Kelly oil on canvas animates the living room’s assemblage of Christian Liaigre furnishings, including an oak lamp and sofa and wenge lounge chairs; the ceiling slats are bleached Douglas fir. The kitchen’s island and table are topped in honed Cararra marble. Custom surfboards—one hand-painted, the other crafted of paulownia—hang above the rec room’s Eero Saarinen table.
Philpotts-Miller sought to capture the “adventurous nature” of the clients. “The use of color is very playful and dynamic,” she says. In the rec room, for instance, custom surfboards are mounted on the wall like artworks. A koi pond is the focal point of the courtyard between the main living and master suite pods. The scheme is no-frills, simple, and airy, with a midcentury vibe that Philpotts-Miller explains was inspired by the work of Hawaiian modernist Vladimir Ossipoff. “Because the architecture is so thoughtfully put together and there’s so much natural texture, we didn’t need to load up the interiors,” Philpotts-Miller continues.
The master bedroom is likewise grounded with earthy, timber-toned accents—whitewashed wood wall paneling, a walnut bench—and also lifted via a sky-blue rug and throw pillows. The master bedroom’s bench is walnut. Concrete walls and cedar slats enclose the custom cast-concrete tub standing in the courtyard off the master bathroom. Flooring in the master bathroom and throughout is polished, stained concrete. A niche in the master bedroom features a chair by Naoto Fukasawa. The master suite’s study culminates in a sitting area with a Charles and Ray Eames lounger offering Maui views.
Makani’ Eka, The Big Island Hawaii – Building Information
Design Team: Walker Warner Architects
Principal: Greg Warner, Principal, AIA, LEED AP
Senior Project Manager, Architect: David Shutt
Project team: Rob Campodonico, Anja Hämäläinen, Boyce Postma, Rina Wiedenhoeft
Walker Warner Architects: Architecture
Philpotts Interiors: Interiors
David Y. Tamura Associates: Landscaping Consultant
Lighting & Engineering Integrated: Lighting Consultant
Hayes Structural Design: Structural Engineer
Mark Morrison Mechanical Engineering: M/E/P
Kona Wai Engineering LLC: Civil Engineer
Arc Wood & Timbers; Na Kalai La’au Woodshop: Woodwork
Oakes Management: General Contractor
Exterior siding: Western Red Cedar, very light resawn; Lava Rock, lime putty
Ceiling: Douglas fir, bleached and dyed
Steel (AESS): Exposed steel, painted black
Roof: Western Red Cedar shingles
Roof decking: Douglas fir, resawn, dark stained
Stone: Lava Stone, lime putty
Countertops: Carrera Marble, honed; Basaltina, honed and filled
Cabinetry and millwork: Poplar, painted Western Red Cedar, stained
Interior Paint: Navajo White (Benjamin Moore)
Exterior doors: Sapele Mahogany, stained (Quantum and Tradewind)
Interior doors: Sapele Mahogany, stained (Western Pacific Building Materials)
Door hardware: Sun Valley Bronze
Windows: Sapele Mahogany, stained (Quantum and Caoba Doors)
Floors: Concrete, stained and lightly polished
Concrete walls: Panel formed, poured in place
Firepit: Lava stone, custom
Patio: Dining Chairs, Kettal
Study: Chair, Herman Miller through Design With¬in Reach
Kitchen: Table, Chairs, Stools, McGuire; Perennials: Chair Fabric. Flexform: Pendant Fixture.
Living Room: Christian Liaigre: Sofa, Lounge Chairs, Table Lamp; Glant Textiles: Sofa Fabric. Raoul Textiles: Sofa Pillow Fabric, Lounge Chair Back Fabric. Poltrona Frau: Armchairs. Mike Riley Woodworks: Custom Coffee Table. De Sousa Hughes: Custom Bench. Nobilis: Bench Cushion Fabric. Indich Collection: Custom Rug.
Master Bedroom: Kona Coast Upholstery: Custom Headboard Panel. Per¬ennials: Headboard Fabric. Jim Thompson: Bed Throw Fabric, Pillow Fabric. Madeline Weinrib: Rug. Nido Living: Bench, Side Table. Through Design Within Reach: Sconce. B&B Italia: Chair. Victoria Morris Pottery: Custom Lamp. Rec Room: Knoll: Table. Through Design Within Reach: Dining Chairs. Dedon: Rocking Chairs, Ottoman. Hess Surfboards: Custom Surf¬boards. Chilewich: Rug. Nido Living: Side Table.
Bathroom: Concrete Works: Tub. Nido Living: Side Table. Sonneman—A Way Of Light: Sconces.
Guest Bed¬room: Herman Miller: Benches. Jim Thompson: Pillow Fabric. Design Within Reach: Floor Lamp, Sconces. Galbraith & Paul: Pillow Fabric. Rosemary Hallgarten: Custom Covers. Anthropologie: Chair. Tucker Robbins: Side Table.
Throughout: Sun Valley Bronze: Door Hard¬ware. Benjamin Moore & Co.: Paint. Maui Custom Woodworks: Custom Beds.
Photography: Matthew Millman
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