The hill on which Robert Stroj’s house is built on the island of Maui looks perfect for contemplating the ocean waves in this surfers’ paradise. The owner is a well-known designer of windsurf sails, and as he was asked to lead Neil Pryde’s design research studio in Kahului, he wanted a house in which to give concrete form to his ideas and cultivate his passions.
The architects of Dekleva Gregorič arhitekti designed a number of separate rooms connected by a single space containing the living room and kitchen area, all covered by the roof that is the key to the whole project. The rooftop is accessible via ramps at either end, becoming an outpost of the home where the family and their friends can get together to admire the landscape and operate their radio-controlled flying wings.
The structure is made almost entirely of wood, alternating with blocks of concrete, which are used in the rooms, providing the only material bond with the old continent from which the owner comes. The roof, like the outer decking, is covered with Brazilian ipe wood; on the six gables of the roof the wood is left untreated so that time and the weather will turn in it grey, while in the arcade area it has been carefully treated to maintain the warm hues associated with ipe wood.
This type of wood is also abundant in the interiors, with long ipe planks in both the flooring and the false ceilings. The contrasting walls are plastered with trowelling in various directions to reveal the warm Hawaiian sand included in the mix, creating a simple, low-tech and unsophisticated look the client particularly appreciates.
MAUI ROOF HOUSE
Architect: dekleva gregorič arhitekti
Client: Robert & Drazena Stroj
Address: Maui, Hawaii, USA
Info: www.dekleva-gregoric.comproject name: MAUI roof house
location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
authors: dekleva gregorič arhitekti
architectural office: dekleva gregorič arhitekti
project team: Aljoša Dekleva u.d.i.a., M.Arch. (AA Dist),Tina Gregorič u.d.i.a., M.Arch. (AA Dist), Flavio Coddou dipl.arch., Lea Kovič u.d.i.a.
client: Robert & Drazena Stroj
site area: 10,000 m2
build up area: 450 m2
net area: 263 m2
photos: Cristobal Palma