Hana Modern – Restraint & Context by Local Maui Architecture Firm
Nothing excites me more than to see culture based evolution in architecture. By that I mean the process of taking existing and newly available building technologies and processes, and running them through the filter and experience of the local culture – thereby co opting things that resonate with the host culture, and subtly adapting things that aren’t quite right so that the end product is an absolutely unique expression of the local nature of the place.
Even within Maui, there are different cultures – the culture in Hana for instance is substantially different from the Paniolo culture of upcountry Makawao. Any new construction therefore has a great opportunity to gently nudge the existing culture forward.
The Raintree House
And here’s proof – this beautiful rendering of Hunton Conrad and Associates’ new project for a Hana client.
Hunton Conrad is a talented Maui designer who excels at this very process. You can read more about Hunton and his company at Modern On Maui’s feature on his work and his firm.
“Modern” is No Longer a Dirty Word
While I consider this to be a fine example of modern architecture on Maui, it leaves behind the cold and slick austerity of mainland modern in favor of an earthy uniquely Hawaiian form. I love the rounded rooflines, plentiful openings for air and light, and the multi object sense of this design. I’m assuming the chimney column will be lava rock, which will be a nice nod to the ancient aesthetic of the various Hana Heiau and rock walls, not to mention a nice re-working of what was a popular design theme in some of the 1960s era polynesian architecture. (Think Brady Bunch living room!) The separation of the house into portions and connecting spaces makes it easy to handle the challenge of building on such a steeply sloping site.
If the computer rendering is leaving you begging for more, take a look at one of Hunton’s projects that has actually been built and is currently listed for sale by Island Sotheby’s International Real Estate. 83 Ikena Kai Place (MLS# 361290).
Spoiler: Real Estate Schmooze Below
Okay, you didn’t think you’d get away without a Real Estate Schmooze, right? – Here goes: If you’d like to build your own Maui Modern house, or purchase any real property on Maui, I would love to help you accomplish that goal as your realtor. End of Schmooze.
Liam S. Ball, R(S)