Set atop a hardened lava field in Kona, Hawaii is Makani Eka, one of Walker Warner Architects’ and Philpotts Interiors’ latest residential works. The home features four separate structures with views of sky, sun, and water that are inspired by traditional Hawaiian villages. “They’re like modernist lean-tos,” explains Greg Warner.
Fostering a strong connection with the site’s natural surroundings of lava and grass, the structures all open to the outdoors and are connected with a lush courtyard and koi pond.
Canted steel columns, steep-pitched roofs, and rhomboidal window and door openings add a touch of modernity to the rich traditional and cultural design inspiration. Lava rock is used throughout the exterior as a reference to the design of the historic Mokuaikaua Church. Western red cedar as cladding and roof shingles ward off moisture and insects, while concrete flooring helps keep the interior spaces cool during the day.