Project

Posted on:

Slaughterhouse Beach House

Olson Kundig Architects, Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects

Shared By

mohan reddy

Consultants

  • General Contractor: Jim Bickford
  • Steven Rainville
  • Structural Engineer: Monte Clark
  • Mechanical Engineer: Interface Engineering
  • RWDI
  • Benjamin Benschneider
  • General Contractor: Jim Dow

Project Status

Built

Size

3,820 sq. feet

Room or Space

Outdoor

Other

View all (7) images

Project Description

2011 RADA
Custom / More Than 3,000 Square Feet / Grand

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.
Advertisement
Add A Project
Publish Your Projects Show off and upload images, text, and video of your work. We pick the very best for our project newsletters. Upload

Join the Discussion

Please read our Content Guidelines before posting

Close X