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Makena

Hawaii
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Architecture: Walker Warner Architects
Lead Principal: Greg Warner
Principal: Mike McCabe
Project Manager: Amadeo Bennetta
Architectural Staff: Hana Bittner, Chris Ryan
Interiors: Leverone Design
Landscape: Lutsko Associates
Builder: Dowbuilt
Photography: Matthew Millman

Sitting boldly along the coastline, the Makena Residence is designed to balance openness with privacy, and sunlight with shadow. The street side of the house presents itself as a modest, single story structure defined by a board-formed concrete wall that wraps around the courtyard. Behind the solidity of the front façade a full two-story program is revealed, lightly constructed of glass and steel, opening the living spaces and bedrooms to a vast seascape. To shelter against intense direct sun and tropical storms, ten foot roof overhangs and sliding screens offer an effective and elegant response to protect from the harsh coastal environment. Draped from the roof are two copper mesh rain screens that direct rainwater runoff. Inside, the Hawaiian ocean breeze flows through the large sliding glass doors, assisted by ceiling fans to maximize natural ventilation and minimize energy use. These measures and more, taken together, culminate in a building that harnesses the elements and achieved a LEED Silver certification for its sustainable design strategies.

Architecture: Walker Warner Architects
Lead Principal: Greg Warner
Principal: Mike McCabe
Project Manager: Amadeo Bennetta
Architectural Staff: Hana Bittner, Chris Ryan
Interiors: Leverone Design
Landscape: Lutsko Associates
Builder: Dowbuilt
Photography: Matthew Millman

Sitting boldly along the coastline, the Makena Residence is designed to balance openness with privacy, and sunlight with shadow. The street side of the house presents itself as a modest, single story structure defined by a board-formed concrete wall that wraps around the courtyard. Behind the solidity of the front façade a full two-story program is revealed, lightly constructed of glass and steel, opening the living spaces and bedrooms to a vast seascape. To shelter against intense direct sun and tropical storms, ten foot roof overhangs and sliding screens offer an effective and elegant response to protect from the harsh coastal environment. Draped from the roof are two copper mesh rain screens that direct rainwater runoff. Inside, the Hawaiian ocean breeze flows through the large sliding glass doors, assisted by ceiling fans to maximize natural ventilation and minimize energy use. These measures and more, taken together, culminate in a building that harnesses the elements and achieved a LEED Silver certification for its sustainable design strategies.

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“As you progress along the entry path to soothing sounds of the fountain and dappled light from the canopy, you step over the threshold to experience the big reveal of the panoramic view that unfurls in front of you.”
- Greg Warner, Principal, WWA
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"The clients didn’t want anything to take away from the setting, so the house is not over furnished."
- Matthew Leverone, Principal, Leverone Design
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"It is an elegantly proportioned house, with a wonderful blend of materials and thoughtful details that add warmth and texture. The house frames the horizon in a very thoughtful manner, and the sustainable design strategies are seamlessly integrated."
- Juror, 2020 AIA Honolulu Design Awards
Makena Sustainability Diagram
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