Ocean House

Location The Big Island, Hawaii
Design Principal Jim Olson

Inspired by traditional Balinese palaces and temples, this house sits on a beautiful promontory of exposed lava on the island of Hawaii. Tropical design concepts and time-honored building practices were used to fit the house naturally into its setting.

The lava base anchors the house to the site, while the roof planes appear to float in the sky. Broad overhangs protect the interior from the sun, while sliding window walls open to unite inside and outside and cool the house using existing breezes. A river of hardened lava runs through the site and symbolically connects the house to important Pacific culture sources of energy; the mountains and the sea.

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