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Designboom features Hale Nukumoi. Read about the “pair of beach dwellings nestled beneath the Hawaiian palms” below.


“San Francisco-based practice Walker Warner Architects takes to the Hawaiian island of Kauai to realize its ‘Hale Nukumoi.’ A quintessential beach retreat, the architecture is open and casual, nestled amongst the mature palm trees to face directly onto the ocean. The project comprises a main house and guest house, along with a swimming pool within its large yard. The studio notes: ‘An indoor-outdoor lifestyle is exemplified by the home’s airy design: large sliding doors and walls, a custom two-story rain-screen, and layered plantings balance connections to nature with privacy.’

Walker Warner Architects divides its Hale Nukumoi between two levels — the ground floor built of pigmented, board-formed concrete, and the upper floor wrapped in dark timber cladding. Deep overhangs are formed by low-pitched roofs which extend out to offer a semi-enclosed transition between the exterior and the interiors. The main house, covering 3,200-square-feet, is organized as a two-story volume off of which is attached a single-story pavilion, creating an L-shaped footprint. The pavilion opens broadly outward on either side by way of window walls that connect the interiors to the pool, the beach, and the landscape beyond.”

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