Luxury Hawaiian Residence With Reclaimed Wood in Kona
Designed by Belzberg Architects, This beautiful house in Kona, on the big island of Hawaii, is definitely a luxury residence with eco green design. Its an incredible collection of reclaimed materials and energy efficient applications. Featuring reclaimed barn wood, a set of train tracks fashioned on the outside of the house, and a solar power system complimented with rainwater collection.
Inspired by Hawaiian tradition, local basket weaving served as the muse for the incredible entrance, which evokes the feeling of customary gift giving upon arrival, characteristic of the islands. But technology and sustainability were also key points in the construction.
The entrance to the pavilion was designed with 3D modeling software and fabricated with CNC machinery from reclaimed teak and railroad tracks. Moreover, landscaping around the house uses a lava rock cut directly from site, providing a beautiful contrast against the dark brown wood.
From the ceilings to the screens, CNC cut wood is used throughout the home, and the material presents an abstract interpretation of the traditional Hawaiian carvings. The home has been designed around a central corridor, which connects the guest rooms to the main living area, media room, outdoor patio and master suite. And with a clear and open plan, and large overhanging roof eaves, the home takes full advantage of the island’s natural breezes, which keep the interior cool and comfortable.
The lap pool was built with the same dark lava rock synonymous with house, and it also offers passive water heating from the sun. Two separate photovoltaic arrays have been mounted onto the roof and together are able to generate enough renewable energy to power the entire home. Finally, the designed has been topped off with a rainwater collection system that gathers water and redirects it to three dry wells, replenishing the aquifer.