Maui, Hawaii

A windsurf sail designer moved from Europe to Maui’s north, rough coast—a surfer’s paradise with strong winds and perfect waves. Architects Aljosa Dekleva and Tina Gregoric, friends of the client and principals of their eponymous Slovenia-based firm, designed a home for the client and his family that doubles as an event space and takes advantage of spectacular views.

Design concept and solution: Familiar with dense urban environments in Europe, the architects had a very different challenge in Maui. Their concept combines several “houses” under a common roof. The roof also serves as a folded wood deck and integrates the house with the landscape. Each separate “house” is a U-shaped volume with a bedroom and bath that each open to the ocean view. Cross-ventilation eliminates the need for air conditioning. Local materials are used throughout the concrete block house. Plaster mixed with beach sand coats interior and exterior walls. Ipe wood sheaths the floors, terrace, ceiling, and roof.


Owner: Witheld

Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA

Completion Date: 2011

Gross square footage: 2500m2 indoor area and 250 covered outdoor area, total=500m2

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Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Architect of record:
Partnes in charge: Aljoša Dekleva  u.d.i.a., M.Arch. (AA Dist), Tina Gregorič u.d.i.a., M.Arch. (AA Dist),

Associate architect(s):
Flavio Coddou dipl.arch., Lea Kovič u.d.i.a.

Interior designer: dekleva gregorič arhitekti in collaboration with the owners

Landscape: dekleva gregorič arhitekti + owner

Lighting: dekleva gregorič arhitekti

Acoustical: owner

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Structural system
concrete blocks for walls and laminated wooded beams for roof framing

Exterior cladding
Rainscreen (terra cotta, composite, etc.): “custom made” stucco mixed from white concrete, coral sand, dune sand and lime

Moisture barrier: liquid impregnation of stucco

Other cladding unique to this project: “custom made” stucco as an exterior and interior coating mixed from white concrete, coral sand, dune sand and lime

Built-up roofing: framework of laminated wooded beams

Elastomeric: 2 layers of heavy duty tar paper

Other: wooden deck from Ipe hardwood

Wood frame: wooden Ipe fixed and sliding frames with natural oil finish - custom

Glass: safety laminated single glazing - custom

Entrances: full wooden Ipe door - custom

Wood doors: all indoor doors are bamoo plywood with natural wax finish

Sliding doors: part of glazing, with wooden Ipe frame and natural oil finish

Locksets: standard aluminum locksets mounted flush with the doors

Interior finishes
Acoustical ceilings: suspended Ipe wood ceiling

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Ipe wood and Bamboo plywood custom woodwork

Paints and stains: no paint used at all

Wall coverings: same as exterior: “custom made” stucco mixed from white concrete, coral sand, dune sand and lime

Floor and wall tile: all living spaces except baths have Ipe solid wood flooring

Special interior finishes unique to this project: all finishes are 100% natural:stucco, wax or oil for all wooden elements, flooring, ceiling and roof are from same material Ipe hard wood

Fixed seating: integrated custom black leather sofa

Chairs: Air Chair by Magis (design by Konstantin Grcic)

Tables: cutom made (design by dekleva gregoric arhitekti)

Upholstery: Bean bags by Slacker

Interior ambient lighting: pendant lightning over kitchen top prototype by Jamie McLellan for Tom Dixon

Downlights: integrated generic spotlights

Energy management or building automation system: House in naturally ventilated and has no artificial air-condition systems and no heating systems except for the fireplace in the center of the house.

Other unique products that contribute to sustainability:
All products used for the finishing of the house are natural, without any paint or similar

Add any additional building components or special equipment that made a significant contribution to this project:
XL roof as sky terrace