File this under: Hawaiian homes with an extravagantly large roof. Designed by architecture firm Johnston Marklee—artistic directors of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial—”Hut House” covers four interior volumes arranged around a central courtyard. It’s like a modern marriage between local rain-sheltering architecture and a Spanish courtyard home. It’s also big. Really big.
The 7,600-square-foot home has double-height ceilings with skylights in nearly every room—including an open plan living and dining room, master suite, two guest suites, a studio space, as well as the garage, safe room, and mechanical spaces.
But that’s only half the space, really. The architects explain: “The Hut House embraces the notion of indoor outdoor living by creating an equal amount of insulated indoor spaces and sheltered outdoor spaces.”
Overhanging eaves create a luxurious lanai, or protected veranda, around the entire home. Spaces between the four volumes offer access to the central courtyard. A slightly sunken terrace in the center helps to drain away rainwater.
The home’s minimal interior takes advantage of its many-faceted roof as a major design element, with vaulted ceilings pierced by triangular skylights. The walls are white or cement gray, with natural wood window trim.