The owners proposed LEED Platinum certification and Net Zero Energy for House of Earth and Sky. With that as a starting point, the project strove to integrate ecological responsibility holistically into the design, such that sustainability performance and architectural expression become one inseparable whole.
Matthew Millman has been photographing architecture and interior design for over 20 years. Drawing his earliest influences from the long history of landscape photographers native to California, he continues to view photography through a fine arts lens.
The Boulder Retreat’s program called for a modest but expandable residential program to be interpreted in an architectural language that is abstract rather than literal in referencing the ubiquitous “western log cabin.”
Hale Nukumoi is the quintessential Hawaiian beach house: open, casual, and unfussy. Adjacent to a popular public beach, the house makes skillful use of oversized sliding doors, a custom rainscreen, and layered plantings to provide much-needed privacy when desired.
Wedged between a creek setback and a country road the site was endowed with the natural beauty of this pristine setting. The owner was seeking an informal yet gracious family house for indoor-outdoor living centered around a courtyard perfect for her vegetables and chickens.
On a dramatic mountain site high above the Napa Valley, we approached the project with a reverence for this particular protected land, and a strong prioritization of its multiple sensory experiences.
The Kahua Kuili residence was conceived as a modern interpretation of a classic Hawaiian summer camp. The project site is located at the base of the island’s large cinder cone, Pu’u Kuili, and offers expansive views of the Pacific Ocean and Kua Bay as well as mountain views to Hualalai.