Dwellings Built on a 300 Year Old Lava Flow

Meet “Mauka” and “Makai” from Maui, Hawaii!

Mauka and Makai are collectivelly called “Outside House.” Built by FLOAT architectural research and design, these two structures both straddle a 300-year old lava flow.

Mauka is the first pavillion, and it means “inland toward the mountains” in Hawaiian. This space has a small bedroom, a bench, and a workdesk. Makau, on the other hand, means seaward. It is an outdoor pavillion with a basic kitchen and an outdoor shower with beautiful a handmade shade made from marine rope.

The center of the Outside House is the uneven, ever-changing ground between the pavilions. The unbuilt areas of the Outside House—lichen on the lava, a curved rock wall, a growing endemic mamane tree – are the essence of daily living in this place and what the client values most.

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