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Puako Residence

Located on the coast of Hawai’i, this private residence and separate guest house, takes a backseat to the panoramic ocean views. The house is a modern interpretation of a traditional beach house incorporating board and batten exterior siding, bead board interiors and a wooded lanai. The site lines from the interior of the house are maximized by the large open expanses of operable windows along with the elevated height of the patio ceiling, columns and beams. The railing design is meant to visually dissolve and not interfere with the views when sitting on the lanai. 

The landscape nestles around the houses, anchoring them to the site. The magnificent royal Poinciana and Monkey Pod trees were used to organize the house on the site creating visual anchor points. To make way for the new construction a number of trees were removed. These were salvaged and transformed into outdoor benches located at the entry to each  house and the outdoor showers as well. 

The house’s presence from the street and ocean is by design, subdued and maintains a low profile – letting the landscape and ocean become the experience. The architecture is a backdrop to the beauty of the island. 

Puako, HI


180 Degrees Design + Build

Matthew Graves, AIA

Queen Construction


Matt Winquist







Architect of Record





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