“Created in the point of transition between mountain and ocean, this serene vacation retreat in Kona on Hawaii Island is a finely crafted microcosm of geology, landscape, and culture. Movement through the property is a journey through a sequence of spaces inspired by the flow of the elemental forces of lava and water toward the Pacific. The progression of experiences begins with a driveway cut through a 10-foot-high channel of lava rock, moves through a contemplative interior courtyard with reflecting pools mimicking ponds that form in lava formations, passes through the house itself, and finally ends where the negative-edge pool melds seamlessly with the ocean beyond.”
– 2019 Awards Jury
– 2019 Awards Jury
Reason to Be Selected
The landscape helps strengthen Hawaii’s geological and cultural history and create a calm and contemplative vacation retreat for their family and guests. The project won 2019 ASLA Residential Design Award of Honor.
door-outdoor living spaces
Kua Bay Residence is located between a still active volcano and the Pacific Ocean. Most of his entrance driveway and construction site are carved into a 10-foot deep lava bed. The design team used the original rock lava wall to construct the outdoor Living Space. The design sequence of the site designed by the design team also begins with the unique landscape space emerging from the lava, and ends with a panoramic ocean view. The native landscape element Anchialine Pond also serves as the site's design inspiration throughout.
The journey to the venue begins with the driveway and mountain landscape. Contemporary, exquisite paving materials are used to create the rocky landscape of the home. The entrance hall reinforces the exquisite wild lava landscape. The central courtyard surrounding the living space is constructed according to the concept of anchialine pond where fresh water is collected. Landscape architects and architects work together to create a continuous indoor and outdoor space, such as the living space can lead to the elegant terrace of the infinity pool.
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The landscape helps strengthen Hawaii’s geological and cultural history and create a calm and contemplative vacation retreat for their family and guests.
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