Musubi Home / Craig Steely Structure
Textual content description offered by the architects. The Musubi Home is situated on 100 acres of grassland and Ohia forest alongside the northeast slope of Mauna Kea on the Large Island of Hawaii. This cast-in-place concrete home is totally off the grid—powered by photovoltaic panels and catching all home and panorama water from rainfall captured off the roof and saved in cisterns.
The positioning consists of valleys with seasonal creeks and expansive fields of Wainaku grass. Panoramic views abound, however as a result of their publicity to excessive winds and horizontal rain, the location is sophisticated to construct on. Its location on the northeast facet of the island is immediately within the path of the incoming western commerce winds. Its elevation creates a climate dynamic that may swiftly change from the sensible, cloudless blue sky and not using a hint of wind to enveloped with clouds to horizontal windblown rain inside minutes. The wind blows up by way of the lengthy valleys and fields making the grass roll and swell like waves within the ocean.
The homeowners got here to us with a easy request: make a home that embraces the character of the windswept grasslands of the Hamakua coast. We responded with a home that floats on this rolling sea of grass like a ship floats within the ocean. Like a ship’s prow, the sharpest finish of this triangular home deflects the formidable wind.
The home will get its title from its resemblance in plan to the Hawaiian model of the Japanese wrapped rice snack onigiri. On a number of events, when viewing the drawings, a carpenter would comment how a lot the plan seemed like a musubi… so the title caught. The diagram of the home is straightforward—an outside triangle inside an indoor triangle supporting a diamond-shaped roof. The indoor triangle consists of three brief curving concrete partitions. These concrete curves designate the three zones of the home: the bed room/bathing zone, the kitchen zone, and the work/residing zone. The triangle-shaped atrium within the heart gives an outside room between these zones with a ground of reduce Pahoehoe lava. Doorways on two sides of the atrium retract seamlessly into the partitions. A panorama of Hapu’u ferns and Rhapis palms creates a layer of veiled privateness to the out of doors bathe and bedrooms of the atrium. This protected area is usable in windblown fog or shiny solar—a real extension of the inside area and not using a roof.
The purchasers’ willingness to prioritize permeability over privateness gave us the liberty to create a plan with out doorways or laborious boundaries. Areas circulation from zone to zone whereas all the time remaining in visible contact with the rolling panorama. Grass flows proper as much as the sting of the floor-to-ceiling glass partitions. Looking the home windows onto the rolling grass panorama is like watching waves on the open sea.