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Kua Bay House

Sited on the coastline of Kohala, the Kua Bay House is a modern interpretation of Mauka-Makai — the symbolic flow of lava from mountain to sea. Entry to the private retreat starts on the mountainside with a driveway cut into the existing lava field. The exposed volcanic rock formations provide privacy for the property while creating a unique visual connection to the site's ancient heritage. A garage and guest house are tucked into the ancient magma where full-height windows showcase the unearthed terrain. As you journey to the main house, the living space designed by NICOLEHOLLIS opens up to sweeping views of the Pacific. A natural palette of basalt, timber, and steel complements the landscape, and a system of wooden screens helps to filter the intense sunlight. When fully open, the floor-to-ceiling glazing expands the interior to an outdoor terrace surrounded by Lutsko Associates' landscaping and infinity-edge pool that appears to flow right into the waves.

Photos: Douglas Friedman / Walker Warner Architects

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