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The Makena Residence is all about openness and privacy, light and shadow. Designed by Walker Warner Architects, whose projects we’ve featured in the past, this home looks like a modest, single-storey build from the street but ups the wow factor as we move past the courtyard and into the home.

The steel and glass construction extends to two levels, framing uninterrupted views of the stunning Maui seascape at its doorstep. Large sliding doors open up the home to the environment, favouring an indoor-outdoor lifestyle while encouraging natural ventilation and minimum energy use.

The design thoughtfully integrates elements for their functional and aesthetic aspects, showing just how in touch the studio is with the Hawaiian way of living (studio cofounder Greg Warner grew up on the Big Island himself). Deep overhangs provide shade and protection from the sun, while two copper mesh rain screens drape from roof to ground, directing rainwater runoff. By the entrance, a reclaimed teak walkway is protected overhead by a perforated brass canopy that casts dappled, pixel-like light patterns across the home’s façade throughout the day, a natural artwork in itself.

The clients wanted the dramatic landscape to be the star of the home, and requested that the interiors take nothing away from the setting. Under the discerning curation of interior designer Matthew Leverone of Leverone Design, neutral-toned fabrics and furnishings were used to deliver an atmosphere of subdued elegance, accented by both vintage and contemporary furniture, and pieces from the client’s art collection, including Anish Kapoor etchings and a textured painting by Young-Il Ahn.

With the help of landscape designer Ron Lutsko Jr., the grounds are an impeccable sight of stacked lava strip walls, native taros and kiawe trees, and an immaculate lawn that borders an infinity pool, all facing the sea.

Makena Residence Walker Warner Architects Maui
Makena Residence Walker Warner Architects Maui
Makena Residence Walker Warner Architects Maui
Makena Residence Walker Warner Architects Maui
Makena Residence Walker Warner Architects Maui
Makena Residence Walker Warner Architects Maui
Makena Residence Walker Warner Architects Maui
Makena Residence Walker Warner Architects Maui
Makena Residence Walker Warner Architects Maui

Photography © Matthew Millman for Walker Warner Architects

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