FLOAT studio, an architectural research and design practice, has completed the ‘outside house’, a pair of pavilions that straddle a three-hundred year old lava flow in maui, hawaii. the two small dwellings — one enclosed and the other outdoor — are intended to shape a close relationship with the landscape and natural setting.


all images by oliver koning

 

 

inspired by FLOAT’s watershed studio (built in 2009), the client (a land conservationist) requested a project that would reinforce her connection with the sub-tropical landscape of upcountry maui. FLOAT designed two facing pavilions which provide distinct conditions from which to inhabit the land. the enclosed pavilion, called the ‘mauka’, is a tiny detached bedroom that faces up towards the lava flow and sunrise. the sheltered dwelling provides privacy as well as shade for daytime reading and napping.


the client requested a project that would reinforce her connection with the land

 

 

with its light wood-frame construction, the ‘mauka’ pavilion rests above the ground on four concrete piers. the structure is clad in reflective film on the north and south sides, and western red cedar on the east and west. screened vents along the base of the north and south walls allow a comfortable amount of air movement and indirect light in the single room, while polycarbonate sheathing protects the roof and vents from the regular island rains.


the outdoor pavilion, named ‘makai’, is a pre-fabricated, roofed platform

 

 

the outdoor pavilion, named ‘makai’, is a pre-fabricated, roofed platform that shelters a deck, outdoor kitchen, and hidden outdoor shower. ‘makai’ provides open views of the pacific and the island of kahoolawe. the galvanized steel structure was hand-carried, assembled by hand, and anchored to the ground with four threaded rods. the decking and cladding are milled from juniper, a tree that is harvested to protect ground water and habitat in the pacific northwest.


a deck, outdoor kitchen, and hidden outdoor shower are included within the outdoor pavilion

 

 

‘the outside house is intended to demonstrate the client’s eco-centric worldview’, explains principal of FLOAT studio, erin moore. ‘a perspective that is rooted the hawaiian concept of aloha aina, or love of the land’. erin moore is also an associate professor in the architecture department and in the environmental studies program at the university of oregon. moore collaborated with structural designer, mark donofrio, an assistant professor at the university of oregon to achieve the project.


a hidden shower is one of the amenities included within the space


the enclosed pavilion provides a more intimate space for reading and napping 


the structure was designed to be easily dismounted

 

 

project info: 

 

 

products: snow peak take chairs, curious maui chair, western red cedar and juniper cladding and decking, kohler sink, feeney cable rail. makai and mauka tables by float.
fabricators: jas steel, woodinville, wa; valmont coatings, tualatin, or; asf ironworks, eugene, or.
contractor: dave sharp
photo credit: olivier koning
designer: erin moore
structural designer: mark donofrio

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news