walker warner architects builds its 'hale nukumoi,' a breezy hawaiian retreat

walker warner architects builds its 'hale nukumoi,' a breezy hawaiian retreat

california’s walker warner architects takes to hawaii


San Francisco-based practice Walker Warner takes to the Hawaiian island of Kauai to realize its ‘Hale Nukumoi.’ A quintessential beach retreat, the architecture is open and casual, nestled amongst the mature palm trees to face directly onto the ocean. The project comprises a main house and guest house, along with a swimming pool within its large yard. The studio notes: ‘An indoor-outdoor lifestyle is exemplified by the home’s airy design: large sliding doors and walls, a custom two-story rain-screen, and layered plantings balance connections to nature with privacy.’

walker warner hale nukumoiimages © Matthew Millman@matthewmillmanphoto



a pair of beach dwellings nestled beneath the hawaiian palms


Walker Warner Architects divides its Hale Nukumoi between two levels — the ground floor built of pigmented, board-formed concrete, and the upper floor wrapped in dark timber cladding. Deep overhangs are formed by low-pitched roofs which extend out to offer a semi-enclosed transition between the exterior and the interiors. The main house, covering 3,200-square-feet, is organized as a two-story volume off of which is attached a single-story pavilion, creating an L-shaped footprint. The pavilion opens broadly outward on either side by way of window walls that connect the interiors to the pool, the beach, and the landscape beyond.

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inside hale nukumoi’s main house


This main house pavilion of Walker Warner Architects’ Hale Nukumoi is programmed with the gathering spaces, including the kitchen and dining areas. The team notes: ‘The kitchen is equipped to support parties and large family gatherings. Living area furnishings — large sofas and side tables — are all on wheels, enabling them to be easily rearranged or shifted to the lanai or poolside for outdoor entertaining.’


‘A connected indoor-outdoor room provides space for an outdoor bar, sitting area, and outdoor grill. Furnishings are modest and comfy, providing ship-like efficiency. Sand colored floors and walls run through the interior, with ceilings and cabinetry clad in wood to match the ceiling beams.’

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the guest house: the same functionality with unique spaces


Meanwhile, adjacent to the main house can be found the guest house, covering 2,839-square-feet and two-stories. This structure features all of the functionality of the main house without duplicating spaces. The group continues: ‘Largely devoted to bed rooms, the living and kitchen areas are modest; the five bedrooms arrayed between the two floors. Upstairs, there’s also a recreation room with a pool table, bar, gym, and a covered porch. Outside, a copper mesh rain screen adds a layer of privacy on the park side of the home, while artfully helping to mitigate run-off from the roof.


‘Sand, volcanic rock, and trees come together to establish a subdued and sophisticated palette of materials and colors respectful of the geological and cultural history of the islands.’

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walker warner architects builds its 'hale nukumoi,' a breezy hawaiian retreat




project info:


project title: Hale Nukumoi House

architecture: Walker Warner Architects @walkerwarnerarchitects

location: Kauai, Hawaii

interiors: Stone Interiors
landscape: Lutsko Associates
builder: R.S. Weir General Contracting
lighting: Banks | Ramos
structural engineers: GFDS Engineers
geothermal engineer: JPB Engineering
mechanical engineer: Mark Morrison PE


Walker Warner design team:
principal: Greg Warner, AIA
senior project manager: Thomas Clapper
architectural staff: Aaron Zube, Rob Campodonico, Philip Viana

photography: Matthew Millman@matthewmillmanphoto

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