Ocean Home

Oct/Nov 2015

Ocean Home magazine is for people who love the luxury oceanfront lifestyle, from home design and decor to world-class beach resorts, villas, hotels, and destinations.

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40 O C E A N H O M E M A G . C O M | O c t o b e r + N ov e m b e r 2 0 1 5 GUEST OF HONOR words by J. Michael Welton TOP ARCHITECT JIM CUTLER CRAFTS A HAWAIIAN RETREAT THAT BOTH PROTECTS AND CONNECTS PHOTOGRAPHS BY ART GRICE W hen renowned architect Jim Cutler is at his best, he responds to two givens for any residential design: environmental circum- stance and how his clients live. At Ohana House, on the north coast of Hawaii's Big Island, he has interpreted both with exquisite attention to detail. "e parti [idea] is driven entirely by the view, the weather and the institution of family," says Cutler, partner in Seattle's Cutler Anderson Architects. "e intent was to have people live on this landscape in a way that reflects the life in that space." Ohana, which means "guest" in Hawaiian, was meant to be the first of two structures on a spectacular 30-acre plot of land up on a hill, 1,000 feet back from the ocean, but with a mile of waterfront views. As it turns out, the second structure was never built. No matter. is 2,200-square-feet guest house with two bedrooms succeeds mightily on its own – opening up to 240-degree views of the Kohala Coast in its family areas, and using strategic landscape plantings to close off private spaces. It's at once dynamic and intimate, largely because of Cutler's choice of organic form. "is view is powerful, and the weather is powerful as a force," he says. "So I designed a U-shaped building that gave us a central courtyard that's wind-sheltered." Cutler knows the island winds well because he shot Living landscape This eye-catching contemporary home on the Big Island of Hawaii is designed to be both dynamic and intimate in its form and function. Coasting J I M C U T L E R

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