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Surreal Looking Beach House Within a Dramatic Environment

This beautiful beach house is located in the vicinity of a famous surfing spot, close to Slaughterhouse Beach, Maui and was designed by Olson Kundig Architects . The landscape looks amazing and at a first glance the pictures could give the impression that perhaps the construction is not real. The unusual building is said to take the concept of a surfing hut forward and combine its traditional features with a contemporary way of living. Here is more from the architects:”The structure’s walls are constructed from rammed earth. In this process, different local earth-based mixtures are packed together, and the resulting striated layers are visible both inside and outside the building. The walls blend in with the surroundings, are low maintenance, virtually fireproof, and a strong barrier to sound.” Three “huts” were combined in order to complete this residence, each with their well defined purpose: living space, guest rooms and a general sleeping area. Enjoy the photos!

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10 responses to “Surreal Looking Beach House Within a Dramatic Environment” - Add yours!

  1. minnie said:
    August 5, 2010

    House is just a house, but the sorroundings…I could live in a straw hut in a place like that. Look at these cliffs…

  2. Brigita said:
    August 5, 2010

    This looks just perfect, I wish someday I will in home like this one. :)
    P.S. Yeh, yeh, dream about it ;D

  3. Avelon said:
    August 5, 2010

    a home like …..is nice but if it is total solution for environment friendly ? i want it.

  4. Carl said:
    August 5, 2010

    with that location and that kind of money this is the last thing I would have built… the green lawn is a little white trashy… the most unnatural place for it. lol you give a man money, but you can’t give him taste… it’s just this obtrusive ugly mark on an otherwise beautiful property.

  5. Frimple said:
    August 5, 2010

    I’m sure I’m not the only person thinking how much this borrows from the shoin style, like Katsura.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katsura_imperial_villa

  6. Rebecca said:
    August 5, 2010

    Stunning! However, perhaps it’s due to the overall size of the home or maybe it’s the photos but the ceilings look a tad low/space seems a bit dark. Otherwise gorgeous. The rammed earth concept is interesting… I would be curious to learn whether the rest of the structure is environmentally friendly. It didn’t expand further on the architect’s website.

  7. shane said:
    August 5, 2010

    The ceiling looks like its particle board. If it was painted with a low voc paint in an offwhite it would have made s nice contrast for the dark beams and opened up the roof space so it doesn’t feel like its looming above you.

  8. mary said:
    August 6, 2010

    i wish i could be RICH!!

  9. Kelly said:
    August 6, 2010

    That is paradise on earth!

  10. wendy-liondance said:
    August 10, 2010

    This house is far from the supermaket and centre,so lonely place I think.But as a place for travel is just perfect.A surreal place.

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