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Maui Island, Hawai – Olson Kundig Architects

Project Size: 3,820 sq. ft.
Project Completed: 2009
Photography: Simon Watson

Located close to a well-known surfing spot, Slaughterhouse Beach House radically expands the concept of the traditional surfing hut. Comprised of three connected pavilions, the design maximises functionality and privacy with separate living area, guest suite and main sleeping pavilion.

Slaughterhouse Beach House
Three huts sit on top of a cliff in Hawaii.

Despite it’s substantial size, the home has a low carbon footprint as all internal and external walls are rammed earth, a process where local earth-based mixtures result in striated layers visible both inside and outside the building. The walls blend in with the surroundings, are low maintenance, virtually fireproof, and a strong barrier to sound.

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