Photo Credit - David Watersun
'Shrub hill'
'A native lobelia shrub: Trematolobeliamacrostachys'

3,198 SF single-family residence, two bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, attached garage

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Ilbagno June 1999

All Photos © David Watersun

Photo Credit - David Watersun
   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 owner’s 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.

Photo Credit - Arleone Dibben Ypung   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.

Photo Credit - David Watersun   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.