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Hale Huna

Hawaii
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Architecture: Walker Warner Architects
Principal: Greg Warner
Senior Project Manager: Amadeo Bennetta
Architectural Staff: Dan Baciuska, Matthew Yungert
Interiors: de la Cruz Interior Design
Landscape: David Y. Tamura Associates
Builder: Ledson Construction
Photography: Douglas Friedman

Set within 4,300-acres of conserved park land, and just feet away from a black sand beach, this modest house operates entirely off-the-grid. Eschewing the showy architecture often found on the coast, this family-focused retreat is designed to disappear into the surrounding black lava field and native vegetation, including a grove of Tree Heliotropes. The house was originally designed by architect, Vladimir Ossipoff, well known for his work in Hawaii. Years of deterioration and misguided renovations crippled the home from its original glory. Undeterred, the family fell in love with the home’s simple diagram and remote location. The challenge was to strip the house back to its roots and rebuild, taking inspiration from Ossipoff while meeting contemporary requirements. The result is a one-bedroom main house, plus a three-bedroom guest cottage that together take a back seat to nature. Accessed via a one-mile drive through a lava field, the low-pitched complex emerges quietly from out of the mist.

Architecture: Walker Warner Architects
Principal: Greg Warner
Senior Project Manager: Amadeo Bennetta
Architectural Staff: Dan Baciuska, Matthew Yungert
Interiors: de la Cruz Interior Design
Landscape: David Y. Tamura Associates
Builder: Ledson Construction
Photography: Douglas Friedman

Set within 4,300-acres of conserved park land, and just feet away from a black sand beach, this modest house operates entirely off-the-grid. Eschewing the showy architecture often found on the coast, this family-focused retreat is designed to disappear into the surrounding black lava field and native vegetation, including a grove of Tree Heliotropes. The house was originally designed by architect, Vladimir Ossipoff, well known for his work in Hawaii. Years of deterioration and misguided renovations crippled the home from its original glory. Undeterred, the family fell in love with the home’s simple diagram and remote location. The challenge was to strip the house back to its roots and rebuild, taking inspiration from Ossipoff while meeting contemporary requirements. The result is a one-bedroom main house, plus a three-bedroom guest cottage that together take a back seat to nature. Accessed via a one-mile drive through a lava field, the low-pitched complex emerges quietly from out of the mist.

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"It's less about the building, more about the experience of the site and respecting what makes it special. We wanted the house to be a part of that experience rather than a centerpiece."
- Greg Warner, Principal, WWA
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“I did the opposite of what the architecture accomplishes so beautifully. Inside, things have asymmetry and softness, a little island color and a lot of ease.”
- Jon de la Cruz, Principal, de la Cruz Interior Design
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"The simple architecture and light footprint on the site conceals the complex underlying systems required to sustain such a remote home with no access to utilities. The house is completely off-the-grid so we planned for a high degree of self-sufficiency through solar panels, energy storage, and on-site water purification and storage."
- Amadeo Bennetta, Project Manager, WWA
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