Five of the best houses in Hawaii on Dezeen
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Five of the best houses in Hawaii on Dezeen

The volcanic archipelago of Hawaii is next in our series spotlighting residential architecture from each US state. The tropical islands are home to clifftop dwellings, beachside abodes and palm-fringed villas.


Hut House by Johnston Marklee

Hut House by Johnston Marklee

Traditional Hawaiian hut geometry informed this courtyard house by Johnston Marklee, which comprises four separate volumes grouped beneath a single roof.

Although the tropical setting allows for outdoor living, it is also prone to extreme rainfall at times, so the Los Angeles architecture firm sought to provide outdoor spaces that would be protected from the rain.

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Hale Nukumoi by Walker Warner Architects

Hale Nukumoi by Walker Warner Architects

US firm Walker Warner Architects designed this large residence with a room that opens onto a patio, a grassy poolside and sea views.

Located on Kauai, the house is surrounded by palm trees, adding privacy along the entrance, and has a backyard with a swimming pool that overlooks the ocean and a popular public beach.

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Clifftop House on Maui by Dekleva Gregorič Arhitekti

Clifftop House on Maui by Dekleva Gregorič Arhitekti

The owners of this home by Ljubljana firm Dekleva Gregorič Arhitekti can clamber onto its faceted roof to enjoy a lofty view of the Pacific Ocean.

The clients, also from Slovenia, needed to relocate to Hawaii for the husband's job fabricating sails used for windsurfing – a popular sport in the area – so tasked the architects to design a three-bedroom home on clifftop plot with dramatic views.

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Kauhale Kai by De Reus Architects

Kauhale Kai by De Reus Architects

A series of steep-roofed pavilions linked by gardens and external corridors make up this home by De Reus Architects on Big Island.

The sprawling house is located on the island's northern Kohala Coast, overlooking Kaunaoa Bay, and is based on the area's thatched-hut village settlements known as kauhale.

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Lavaflow 7 by Craig Steely

Lavaflow 7 by Craig Steely

A huge concrete beam appears to balance on its edge along the roof of this house by Californian architect Craig Steely.

Constructed on the lava slopes of Hawaii's most active volcano, the residence is divided into two halves and connected by the long concrete beam that soars overhead.

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