The stunning 8,000 sq ft (743 sq m) Kona Residence located in Kona, Hawaii, by Belzberg Architects was completed in 2010.
The Kona Residence consists of:
The bedrooms, common areas, media room, master suite, kitchen and main living space are organized along this spine, which also separates the guest portions of the program from the private suite. A series of parallel walls running north-south clad in a grey reclaimed teak timber planks from barns and train tracks define the room bounding walls that control views and flow of circulation, while warmer toned wooden partitions frame large panes of sliding glass panels that merge interior with exterior. To offset the energy requirements of the structure, two roof-mounted solar arrays and rain water collection systems make a large contribution to its self sufficiency, as the thermal properties of the locally sourced lava stones naturally heat the pool and interior spaces. At the entry, hawaiian basket weaving traditions are interpreted as a pavilion to welcome visitors. [Source: designboom]
Description from Belzberg Architects
Nestled between cooled lava flows, the Kona residence situates its axis not with the linearity of the property but rather with the axiality of predominant views available to the site. Within the dichotomy of natural elements and geometric hardscape the residence attempts to integrate both the surrounding views of volcanic mountain ranges to the east and ocean horizons westward.
The program is arranged as a series of pods distributed throughout the property, each having its own unique features and view opportunities. The pods are programmatically assigned as two sleeping pods with common areas, media, master suite and main living space. A central axis becomes the organizational and focal feature for the entire house, connecting each of the pods through an exterior gallery corridor.
Together with stacked and cut lava rock, the two materials form a historically driven medium embedded in Hawaiian tradition. 3-D modeling and digital fabrication through CNC machinery was incorporated to further enhance traditional elements in a contemporary arrangement. Local basket weaving culture was the inspiration for the entry pavilion which reenacts the traditional gift upon arrival ceremony. CNC milled ceilings and screens throughout the house continue the abstract approach to traditional Hawaiian wood carving. [Source: Contemporist]
To help maintain the environmental sensitivity of the house, 2 separate arrays of roof mounted photovoltaic panels offset the residence energy usage while the choice of darker lava stone help heat the pool water via solar radiation. Rain water collection and redirection to 3 drywells that replenish the aquifer are implemented throughout the property. Reclaimed teak timber from older barns and train tracks are recycled for the exterior of the home. [Source: twistedsifter]
Project type: residential
Construction type: new
Size: 7,800 ft²
Location: kona, hawaii
Design architect: belzberg architects
Principal: hagy belzberg
Project manager: barry gartin
Project team: david cheung, barry gartin, cory taylor, andrew atwood, chris arntzen, brock desmit, dan rentsch, lauren zuzack, justin brechtel, phillip lee, aaron leppanen
Structural consultant: william blakeney inc.
Mechanical consultant: mark morrison & associates
Electrical consultant: lighting & engineering integrated, inc.
Plumbing consultant: mark morrison & associates
General contractor: tinguely development, inc.
Landscape architect: belt collins hawaii
Landscaping: joe roderick hawaiian landscapes, inc.
Interiors: mlk studio
Special fabrication: spectrum oak products
Photography: benny chan (fotoworks), belzberg architects