Set into the dense tropical foliage of Hawaii’s wildest coast is a house that goes with the flow by welcoming the breeze. Read Full Article
Mike Kurokawa and Paul Fishman set out for the beach from their house in the Puna region of Hawaii. A bridge leads from street level to the upper floor of the house, which is situated in a natural depression, or kipuka.
The living area, with its pair of sleeper sofas and Ikea coffee table, doubles as the guest bedroom when not being enjoyed by Kurokawa. It is framed by floor-to-ceiling screen walls. Details of the home's construction, such as the simple cuff that attaches post to beam, are purposefully left exposed.
The home's upper floor features copious amounts of untreated pine. Five large cross-braces keep the timber frame rigid. The royal blue Ikea kitchen, Noguchi Cyclone dining table for Knoll, and Karim Rashid Oh chairs for Umbra all made the trip from the mainland in a twenty-foot-long shipping container. Above the wall-mounted credenza, a colorful painting of the Puma moonrise is by local artist Arthur Johnson.