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When the walls are raised, the house feels more like an open-air pavilion--with direct sightlines to the water.

Slaughterhouse, Beach House, Lahaina, Hawaii

Slaughterhouse, Beach House, Lahaina, Hawaii

  • Olson Kundig Architects divided the house into three separate structures: one for sleeping, one for living, and the other for guests.

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    Olson Kundig Architects divided the house into three separate structures: one for sleeping, one for living, and the other for guests.

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    Olson Kundig Architects divided the house into three separate structures: one for sleeping, one for living, and the other for guests.

  • Slaughterhouse Beach House

    Traditional Hawaiian buildings inspired the home's corrugated metal roofs, which are tailored to the site's wind patterns.

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    Traditional Hawaiian buildings inspired the home's corrugated metal roofs, which are tailored to the site's wind patterns.

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    Benjamin Benschneider

    Traditional Hawaiian buildings inspired the home's corrugated metal roofs, which are tailored to the site's wind patterns.

  • Slaughterhouse Beach House

    Hydraulic walls lift up to extend the living area (including a giant kitchen island) into the spectacular site.

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    Hydraulic walls lift up to extend the living area (including a giant kitchen island) into the spectacular site.

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    Benjamin Benschneider

    Hydraulic walls lift up to extend the living area (including a giant kitchen island) into the spectacular site.

  • Slaughterhouse Beach House

    When the walls are raised, the house feels more like an open-air pavilion--with direct sightlines to the water.

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    When the walls are raised, the house feels more like an open-air pavilion--with direct sightlines to the water.

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    Benjamin Benschneider

    When the walls are raised, the house feels more like an open-air pavilion--with direct sightlines to the water.

  • Slaughterhouse Beach House

    Window-lined walkways link the home's three separate buildings.

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    Window-lined walkways link the home's three separate buildings.

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    Benjamin Benschneider

    Window-lined walkways link the home's three separate buildings.

  • Slaughterhouse Beach House

    "We tried to use very simple, natural materials that don't over-indulge," says Tom Kundig, FAIA, about the project's palette of wood, rammed-earth, metal, and concrete.

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    "We tried to use very simple, natural materials that don't over-indulge," says Tom Kundig, FAIA, about the project's palette of wood, rammed-earth, metal, and concrete.

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    Benjamin Benschneider

    "We tried to use very simple, natural materials that don't over-indulge," says Tom Kundig, FAIA, about the project's palette of wood, rammed-earth, metal, and concrete.

  • Slaughterhouse Beach House

    The beach house sits atop a rocky point of land where two bays meet in dramatic fashion.

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    The beach house sits atop a rocky point of land where two bays meet in dramatic fashion.

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    Simon Watson

    The beach house sits atop a rocky point of land where two bays meet in dramatic fashion.

olson kundig architects
seattle

When architect Tom Kundig, FAIA, sat down to design this Hawaii beach house, he faced a dual challenge. The owner had asked him to make the project as sturdy and low-maintenance as possible, because it would have to weather strong storms on its waterfront site. At the same time, the local climate is often mild, so Kundig wanted to open the home to the outdoors as much as he could. “The trick is, how do you do that with a building that has to be sealed?” he says.

He decided to take advantage of abundant natural breezes by strategically placing openings in the home’s corrugated metal roof. Rather than blowing into the house, trade winds sweep over the roof, creating a cooling vacuum that pulls air through the interiors. Kundig also separated the project into three structures, connecting them with covered walkways. The central portion features hydraulic window walls that, when raised, transform the building into an open-air pavilion.

Rammed-earth walls made with soil from the site help root the home in its location, as well as satisfying the need for durability. Their warm, variegated hues pick up the tones of the concrete, wood, and steel used throughout the project. “This house is just incredibly beautiful,” one judge said.


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