Modern Hawaii House Built on Lava Flow

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July 25, 2014
Built on a Hawaiian lava flow, an architect’s first substantial house in concrete reflects its craggy surroundings. Read Full Article
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  The defining gesture of a house on the Big Island of Hawaii by architect Craig Steely is a 139-foot-long, four-foot-tall concrete beam spanning the roof. Owners Craig Mayer and Rick Penland relax on the lanai, or porch.  Photo by: Ian Allen

    The defining gesture of a house on the Big Island of Hawaii by architect Craig Steely is a 139-foot-long, four-foot-tall concrete beam spanning the roof. Owners Craig Mayer and Rick Penland relax on the lanai, or porch.

    Photo by: Ian Allen

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  The pool juts out perpendicularly from the main house; the land was bulldozed to become level with the concrete pavers.   Photo by: Ian Allen

    The pool juts out perpendicularly from the main house; the land was bulldozed to become level with the concrete pavers

    Photo by: Ian Allen

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  The couple entertain friends on one of several lanais that Steely added. The chaises are from Target.   Photo by: Ian Allen

    The couple entertain friends on one of several lanais that Steely added. The chaises are from Target

    Photo by: Ian Allen

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  The pool continues inward past the guest wing and runs beneath a small concrete bridge separating the public and private spaces. Steely credits contractor Mike Lynch with helping to engineer this feat of site-poured concrete.   Photo by: Ian Allen

    The pool continues inward past the guest wing and runs beneath a small concrete bridge separating the public and private spaces. Steely credits contractor Mike Lynch with helping to engineer this feat of site-poured concrete

    Photo by: Ian Allen

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  A hanging chair takes up a corner of the lounge–guest room.   Photo by: Ian Allen

    A hanging chair takes up a corner of the lounge–guest room. 

    Photo by: Ian Allen

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  The couple gather in the central dining room, with a bamboo table by Greenington and chairs from West Elm. The pendants are by Mark Chai Arts; the tapestry is by Máximo Laura.   Photo by: Ian Allen

    The couple gather in the central dining room, with a bamboo table by Greenington and chairs from West Elm. The pendants are by Mark Chai Arts; the tapestry is by Máximo Laura. 

    Photo by: Ian Allen

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  Lava Flow 7 Floor Plan: A    CarportB    Master BathroomC    Master BedroomD    KitchenE    Dining RoomF     Living RoomG    LanaiH    Lounge–Guest RoomI    BathroomJ    BedroomK    PoolL    Outdoor Shower  Photo by: Ian Allen

    Lava Flow 7 Floor Plan: 

    A    Carport

    B    Master Bathroom

    C    Master Bedroom

    D    Kitchen

    E    Dining Room

    F     Living Room

    G    Lanai

    H    Lounge–Guest Room

    I    Bathroom

    J    Bedroom

    K    Pool

    L    Outdoor Shower

    Photo by: Ian Allen

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