AIA Maui 2001-2011 Recognition Award

After more than a decade, the AIA Maui reinstated its annual recognition of Maui architecture. The goal was to “highlight and publish remarkable projects in Maui that have the potential to inspire.” Evaluating projects built in the last ten years throughout Maui, and McClellan Architects was selected for their residential project `Eheu Hale.

The design began with the desire to create an authentic expression of place. Two very different sources of Hawaiian architecture were explored – Hale-o-Keawe on the Big Island, and the vernacular architecture of Japan. These two idioms were most responsive to the landform, climate, and lifestyle of the owner.

The hipped gable form of the roof is a combination of both vernacular traditions while the steep gable with exposed beams in the living area refers more to Hale-o-Keawe. The surrounding hips recall the influence of the vernacular Japanese architecture in Hawaii, creating large lanais that surround the living spaces. Set into the hill, with the main living space set on the upper level, the living area mediates the two aspects of the site. On the west side, a courtyard garden directs views to the valley and the steep face of the mountain that rises directly from the back of the property. On the east side, a 12 foot wide Lanai affords expansive views of the ocean.

The materials were selected to harmonize with the landscape. Lava rock masonry forms the base, while the Venetian plaster and stucco were matched to the color of the earth on site. Interior colors and textures also were chosen with respect to the landscape. Details and art throughout the home reflect special character of the place. The decorative railing corners use a strangler fig motif, and the wood carving at the entry by a local artist is his interpretation of the valley. The name of the home, ‘Eheu, which means “wing” in Hawaiian, was inspired by the roof corners that seem to hover over the landscape.