Lava Flow 4, The Big Island

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January 20, 2009
Originally published in In Its Element
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  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.

    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.

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  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 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.

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  The living room, which opens directly to an ipe deck, is separated from the dining area by a central spiral staircase.

    The living room, which opens directly to an ipe deck, is separated from the dining area by a central spiral staircase.

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  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.

    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.

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  A huge window next to the dining area is punctuated by a steel X form.

    A huge window next to the dining area is punctuated by a steel X form.

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  The spiral stairs were fabricated in the Bay Area and shipped in the same container as the furniture.

    The spiral stairs were fabricated in the Bay Area and shipped in the same container as the furniture.

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  Corrugated siding usually used for roofing is used for the exterior.

    Corrugated siding usually used for roofing is used for the exterior.

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  Ipe decking extends from the actual deck to the home's interior.

    Ipe decking extends from the actual deck to the home's interior.

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  Kurokawa and Fishman's son Danny Fishman-Engel enjoys time away from the city by studying magic tricks in his bedroom. Sliding slatted doors separate the asymmetrical downstairs spaces.

    Kurokawa and Fishman's son Danny Fishman-Engel enjoys time away from the city by studying magic tricks in his bedroom. Sliding slatted doors separate the asymmetrical downstairs spaces.

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