Part 2 of our journey to cool houses on the islands of the world takes us to places both expected (Hawaii) and unexpected (a tiny, sunny island off Southern California; a snowy one off the coast of Maine) where modernism is alive and well.
With an angled roof designed to resemble the surrounding cliffs, a house in Maui, Hawaii, is built to meld with the landscape. “We sought to create a house that would not damage the environment and not be too visible,” says architect Tina Gregorič. A single zigzagging roof stretches over 5,380 square feet, doubling the area of the interior spaces and serving as an ideal spot for sunset cocktails and whale-watching. Photo by Cristóbal Palma.
Case Study architect Edward Killingsworth’s masterpiece, the 1957 Opdahl House, located on the island of Naples, in Long Beach, California. Unlike the neighbors, whose homes unflinchingly abut their property lines, Killingsworth set the Opdahl House 42 feet back from the street, dedicating half of the lot to a dramatic entryway that includes a carport, garden, and reflecting pool. The effect is one of entering a private sanctuary. Photo by Catherine Ledner.
North Haven, a rocky island in Maine’s Penobscot Bay, is quintessentially New England. As it happens, so is this boat barn–inspired brand of rugged, regional modernism. North Haven locals nonplussed by Bobbie Callahan and Ed Hayes’s unusual retreat lit upon its cinematic qualities, calling it “the Strand” after the nearest movie theater on the mainland. Photo by Raimund Koch.
A family discovers the joys of DIY design—and muddy feet—in their home made up of distinct pods that blends harmoniously with its surroundings in the rainy mountains of Kauai.Tanya, Chris, Jackson, and Zeke spend much of their day outside. Photo by Linny Morris.
A prefabricated shed sited on a Finnish island provides a perfect summer getaway. Helsinki architect Ville Hara and designer Linda Bergroth collaborated on a prefab shed-meets-sleeping-cabin, which can be assembled with little else than a screwdriver. Bergroth, inspired by nomadic yurt-dwellers, wanted an indoor/outdoor experience for her property in Finland. Photo by Arsi Ikäheimonen.
On the shores of New Zealand’s Lake Wakatipu on the nation's South Island, architects Bronwen Kerr and Pete Ritchie designed a relaxed family home that reclines into its spectacular landscape. The sunny side of the home is clad in cedar weatherboards and features sleeping quarters on the upper level with living spaces below. Photo by Stephen Oxenbury.