Coral House Maui - de Reus Architects
At its heart, this vacation house is about creating a sanctuary
where a multigenerational family can share experiences and
create memories. Overlooking Maui’s southern shore with
views to ocean, mountain landscapes and other nearby islands,
this home was designed to experience nature and support active
The home’s architecture is both contemporary and casual befitting
its coastal neighborhood, intended family use and a less is better
approach that results in minimalist aesthetic and restraint. A strong
connection with nature and livability drives the arrangement of
Coral House’s main gathering spaces. A covered lanai sits between
the pool and interior living, dining and kitchen spaces. Large pocket
doors open to merge the exterior and interior spaces. They allow
for an open plan with kitchen, dining and living areas integrated
into a single casual space that uses a unified language of material
finishes and detailing.
The home’s flat roofs are tiered for scale and designed with large eave
overhangs protecting the lanai spaces and interiors from sun and rain.
Second-story living spaces are set back from the ocean side of the home
due to development requirements, and a green roof provides these spaces
with an upper garden and ocean views. Photovoltaic solar panels on
the upper roof are hidden from view below. Exterior walls are designed
with durable materials such as coral stone walls, aluminum brise-soleil
screens providing shade and privacy from the street and side neighbors.
Sustainable strategies -- including large roof overhangs for shading,
green roofs, natural ventilation, metal-clad doors and windows for
durability, photovoltaic solar panels and battery storage, a well-insulated
building envelope, high-performance glazing, brise-soleil sun screens,
ceiling fans to augment natural ventilation, stormwater management,
daylighting, use of local Ohia hardwood, and energy efficient appliances –
resulted in LEED Silver certification.