'A native lobelia shrub: Trematolobeliamacrostachys'
3,198 SF single-family
residence, two bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, attached garage
Ilbagno June 1999
All Photos © David
Situated on the gentle slopes of the West Maui Mountains,
this contemporary two-story corner-lot residence was designed for an international
entrepreneur with the goal of creating an environment that does not rely on external
adornment. The objective was to integrate interior furnishings in a sculptural manner
within the overall architectural envelope... the owners collection of Milano
handblown glass accents this theme.
Exposure to street traffic and a sloping lot created a challenge that was
solved with a tri-level design, crisp aesthetic exterior, and a lush tropical landscape to
achieve total privacy from within. The use of scratch models and three-dimensional
computer fly-thus helped visualize the completed project and prevented changes
during the construction process. This attention to detail, quality of materials, and site
integration are the features that give this house a sense of place within the confines of
a resort subdivision.
Arriving guests enter
through a nearly seamless custom glass door hidden behind a street-side stucco wall: A
20-tall glass wall punctuates the clarity of design. The dining area, a modern
kitchen, and a powder room is held on the entry level. A game room is just a few steps
down, with its omnipresent pool table. An exterior granite floored lanai with matching
seated bar/table is reached though custom 9-high louvered doors.
A staircase encircles a
patented Rae Douglass sculptural
low-voltage light mobile Upstairs, large 8 shutter pocket doors open the
guest bedroom to the family room and its view of the dining room and entry below. Hidden
around a corner and down a few steps is the master bedroom, with its custom platform bed:
the headboard integrates a bathroom counter opposite double sinks. Traffic flows through
this space to the shower or the walk-in closets. A slick continuity of flow is preserved
throughout, creating a modern home yet maintaining the feeling of aloha in paradise.