Ohana House

Nuilli, Hawaii

The plan and shape of this Hawaiian hilltop residence was driven by the circumstances of sun, wind and topography.

The shape, structure and position of the plan elements were framed to protect the owners from the constant 10-40 knot-per-hour tradewinds while still providing views of the ocean and wind-free access to warm sunlight. The roofs are pitched to match the angle of the hill on which the residence sits, sheltering the courtyard from the elements. The building is anchored to the land on a rock base through steel tie downs that are visually laced into the rafters and pinned into the stone foundation.