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Clifftop House in Maui / Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti

  • 01:00 - 27 February, 2012
Clifftop House in Maui / Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti
Clifftop House in Maui / Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti, © Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma
© Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma

© Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma +32

© Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma
© Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma

The owners and the site
Windsurf sail designer Robert Stroj moves from Europe to Maui to lead the design research studio of Neil Pryde in Kahului, Maui. If Maui south coast is gentle and works for indulging all-inclusive holidays, its north coast is a rough surfer’s paradise with strong winds and most important perfect waves.

It is in the middle of the ocean, far-off from almost everything. The home in such an environment becomes crucially important. Besides being just a home, this house works also as a social venue for the owners. The evening events are culinary blasts, where every guest realizes that cooking is not just necessity but more an obsession. Therefore the kitchen and the dining form the centre of the house – a fluid space between enclosed private volumes.

design concept sketch
design concept sketch
Floor Plan
Floor Plan

Structure Model elevations Construction Details low tech technology sketch +32

The conditions and the response
Perfect ocean view, beautiful cliffs, strong winds and unspoiled landscape. Is there any space for a house? It was a very unusual task for us European architects usually dealing with quite dense urban environment. It was hard to understand before its first visit, and easy to respond after some days spent there.
The concept defines several ’houses’ under a common roof which also serves as a folded wooden deck and integrates the house with the landscape. Each separate 'house' is an U-shaped volume that works as a en-suite double room (bedroom plus bathroom) and opens up to the perfect ocean view.

© Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma
© Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma

The roof concept is strongly related to the rough climate with loads of sun and strong ocean winds. The area of the roof is twice the size of the house, so the size of the covered outdoor space equals the size of the indoor space. It needs no air-conditioning, since it is cross ventilated throughout. The folded roof is carefully attached to the walls of U-shaped volumes and defines specific spaces.

© Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma
© Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma
sequence axon
sequence axon

The local materials are used for the finishing of the house. The walls are rendered with the same plaster with beach sand indoor and outdoor and furthermore emphasize the smooth indoor-outdoor relationship. The same IPE wood is used for the floor plus terrace, ceiling and even the roof. On the other hand the house is for US standards atypically constructed out of concrete blocks, which just reflects the European origin of the owner.

© Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma
© Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma

Construction-site control
We like to believe the architecture is done on-site with a strong control of the construction process. Here we were not able to visit the site while in process as often as we would want to, but all the essential supervision and site-coordination work was extremely carefully done by the owner – industrial designer.

© Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma
© Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma
Cite: "Clifftop House in Maui / Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti" 27 Feb 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/210926/clifftop-house-in-maui-dekleva-gregoric-arhitekti/>
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hungoree · June 21, 2012

#ArchitecturePorn http://t.co/nBrgAitA Going to have to make it over to the North Shore and see if I can get a closer look at this house.

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Mark A. Harbison · February 28, 2012

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John Whitaker · February 28, 2012

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Daria Pimanova · February 27, 2012

separation of zones is perfect)awesome design) good job guys)

Dan · February 27, 2012

Although I like how the roof meets the ground, I don't like how dark it seems on the interior. I don't know, it looks like it was overcast when they filmed the video though.

urbane.abuse · February 27, 2012

A fine thing, grats!

Antje Pasinga · February 27, 2012

wow jealous - love the building and the view

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