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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42 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 the grades with a sextant himself, long before he began sketching out any design ideas. It's a work process that ties the architect directly to the landscape, the elements and the placement of a structure into the land. "e trade winds out of the northeast are anywhere from 10 to 20 knots all day long, with little spurts of rain," he says. "en 10 minutes later, the sun is out." His field experience with the island's natural rhythms drove the home's overall design. e U-shape allows for a protected swimming pool on the courtyard's interior and a sweeping view of the ocean at its open end. At the closed end of the U are the kitchen, dining and living areas – with the same panoramic vistas in the distance. Bedrooms are contained in one arm, obscured by landscape, and family spaces are in the opposite arm, opening to a courtyard view. "e shape of the building is driven by the place and the institution of family," he says. "In the pool you have the view, but you're out of the wind." Cutler angled the roofs up for compound pitches not just to the water but 45 degrees to the wind, and in two directions at once. "e pitch of the roofs is at the general angle of the wind coming in – the wind is the THE DETAILS For more information, visit cutler-anderson.com. driver here," he says. "e roofs pitch down to the views and the wind and up to the bright sky." e roofs are supported by exposed rafters and posts made of 2 x 12 inch and 2 x 8 inch planks of Douglas fir, with a gap into which a piece of steel is inserted. e joists are anchored into a lava rock wall and the posts into lava pavers. e interior cabinetry is Lyptus and the ceilings are Douglas fir, with doors and windows of teak and fir. All fit together as precisely as the custom sliding doors and their wheels, which are pulleys from a Grainger catalog. But it's Cutler's response to place that is so striking here – and so reminiscent of the late and great American architect Louis Kahn, with whom Cutler studied at the University of Pennsylvania. "I'm not Lou Kahn, but I've learned a lot about the physical world, about gravity, wind, rain, soil and fauna," says Cutler. "is is one of the best [homes] I've ever done, and I don't think you can find a part of it that doesn't respond to place." And like much of Kahn's acclaimed work, it's poetry applied to the environment. Coasting J I M C U T L E R PHOTOGRAPHS BY ART GRICE, CUTLER PORTRAIT BY BETH WHEELER Master craftsman Architect Jim Cutler says Ohana House is one of the finest homes he has ever created in his long and stellar career.

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